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The most recent record discoveries have been to locate the birth, marriage, and death records for Johann Gottfried Glintz and his descendants. The quest for the records of the ancestors of the four men who came to North America has led to a small church in the heart of Germany, in what is now called the Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt) province.

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Map depicting the current day "provinces" in Germany (since Oct. 3, 1990)

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Map depicting some of the important cities within the province of Saxony-Anhalt.

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I have been able to obtain brief descriptions of two of the villages in Germany where records and stories place our ancestors. According to a book entitled “Meyers Orts und Verkehrs Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs – 1912”, the village of Planena was home to 138 inhabitants. Its civil registration office (which did not exist prior to 1874) was in Beesen (Elster). The municipal office and nearest railroad station was at Ammendorf, 3km. away. Planena had a wharf, a lock and a brickworks.

Beesen (Elster) was both a village of 1602 (assumedly circa 1912) inhabitants and a nobleman’s estate with 106 dwellers. It had a chemical factory, a dairy, and mills. In 1910 it received electricity. (Note – Beesen is referred to as Beesen Elster to distinguish it from Beesen in the north, near Hamburg.The reference to “Elster” is the river Weiße Elster, [White Elster] on which this Beesen is situated.)

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Map of the Halle (on Saale) area, Saxony-Anhalt Germany. Visible south of the city of Halle are Ammendorf where the church records were located, Beesen and Planena where Glintz family members actually resided.

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At sometime between 1803, the year Johann Christian Ernst Glintz was born and 16 August, 1841, when his daughter Auguste Wilhelmine was born, the family moved from Planena to Schkortleben which lies just north of Weißenfels (see map below). Schkortleben was the last rumored place of residence of Johann Carl Friederich (FREDERICK) Glintz, Ernst Wilhelm (WILLIAM) Glintz, and Christian Ernst (ERNEST) Glintz prior to leaving for North America. We assume that their parents, Johann Christian Ernst Glintz and Johanne Sophia Emmerich, and their sisters Auguste Wilhelmine, and Albine Henriette remained at Schkortleben.

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Visible on this map is Schkortleben, the last know place of residence of the three Glintz brothers. Also visible north of Schkortleben is Großkorbetha (formerly spelled Großcorbetha), and at the extreme south of the map is Borau, birthplace of Erdmüthe Bohland wife of Johann Carl Friederch Glintz, eldest of the three brothers.

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Another village of note in this area is Borau. Later we will learn that Johann Carl Friederich (FREDERICK) Glintz married his wife Erdmüthe Bohland, in Buffalo, N.Y. Interestingly, the place of origin claimed by Erdmüthe is her hometown of Borau[1] (population 769). It is located a mere 4 km. south-west of Schkortleben. One can only speculate that FREDERICK may have known Erdmüthe in Germany having lived so close to her before leaving for America.

[1] According to a family document uncovered by Alan Glinz, source as yet unknown. No official documentation yet discovered. The document states the location was “Barau”, yet research uncovered no such town. The most logical alternative is Borau as detailed above.

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