The background picture I have posted today is of a cemetery behind the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Zetel, Germany. Located close to the North Sea, this little village is where my grandfather (my Mother’s Father) was born and was baptized in this 500 year old Church.
I have visited there twice but now my oldest sibling , my only sister wanted me to take here while she is still able to travel. We are leaving Central Illinois, USA this evening for Germany. I have been doing some extensive research lately on our ancestry so that I would know what to look for once we arrived. It’s funny how I take very little of what the “Church” tells us theologically and yet I will be looking at their old record books to see what they reveal about my grandfather and will accept them at “Face Value”.
I belong to ancestry.com and have noticed much of the information available on this site comes from a vast record keeping system owned by the Morman Church. Other than Census Records and Death and Birth Records, much of what I find is from other church records as well. How ironic that much of what the church says we doubt or disbelieve totally and yet we take some of what they write (church records) quite literally.
I will be posting our experiences here in a few days.