[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Re: Evangelical Lutheran church records and Ellis Island

JanKohl57 at aol.com JanKohl57 at aol.com
Mon Dec 13 20:17:25 PST 2004

My grandmother Amalia Meissner lived in Zyrardow, Mazowieckie with her 
parents and grandparents who were from that same town.  She immigrated to the U.S. 
in 1913 coming through Ellis Island.  I have documents, some from the 
Evangelishe church that lead me to believe they were of that religion.  Her parents and 
two brothers were put in a work or concentration camp sometime in the 1940's 
but supposedly escaped. It's not known were though. I was always told that 
they were Germans living in Poland.  What confuses me is in the Ellis Island 
website  it says my grandmother and her friend( who were both 18) were listed as 
Hebrew under "religion".   Could this have just been an error because they 
could not speak engish and the name taker just assumed they were jewish.  There 
has always been alot missing from the whole story. The older ones always denied 
things when I enquired about that time. Now everyone is gone and no one to 
ask. Grandmother followed the Lutheran religion here in the U.S.  Wondering what 
people think of this. Also..where do I look for more church records for this 
family as grandmas parents and grandparents were born and raised in the same 
area? What E.Luth. churches were in Zyrardow in the late 1700s to say 1910? 
Thank you ever so much for your help.  Janine jankohl57 at aol.com

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