"Grünhagen-Nachrichten" (Gruenhagen Newsletter) is an
newsletter of the "Grünhagenverband" which appears twice a
mainly contains the results of the ancestry research of Ruth
It also contains announcements, family-events and union news.
The later issues do contain more family history and interesting general information.
Table of contents of the newsletters appeared till now:
No. 1 Hanglüß,
The following overview shows the mentioned places in Lower Saxony, most of them are located in the "Lüneburger Heide".
Fallingbostel we can see a real nest of descendents of the Homannshof,
which form new lineages again (green dots).
|Perspective of the content of the "Grünhagen Nachrichten"|
|It is impossible to start with No.1 without giving a summary of the last ages in Fallingbostel. They are described in:|
|where everything is collected what could be found back to 1330 about the suburb Grünhagen and later about the "emigrants" who settled down in Fallingbostel. There were five houses which history could be followed back very scrappy because of the conflagration of Fallingbostel in 1784 whereby the church register was burned. In Germany I found only one descendent in Salzgitter but a lot in America. At Untergrünhagen the name Grünhagen was remained until 1709 and at Obergrünhagen until 1795. One marriage contract: Johann Heinrich Grünhagen - Anne Catharine Hapke, Steinfoerde in 1758. Heirs in USA.|
|Information about the suburb Grünhagen. Two circular letters from the thirties from two researcher whose findings I found recently. The history of my own family from Hanglüß. On this farm the name Grünhagen existed from ca. 1620 or earlier until 1720/21. The only marriage away from home was toward Belsen in 1710, the village burned down unto one house short time later. Sidelines to Barmbostel, Bollersen and Bleckmar, in this volume only the last two villages, no heirs, not even at Hanglüß. 1405 "Morgen" (ca. 42 ha or 1040 acre) of land belonged to Hanglüß as they had to move to the "Brümmerhof" , district Soltau in 1936.|
|From Belsen to Barmbostel. Marriage contract from Johann Peter Grünhagen, Belsen - Anne Marlene Dehning, Barmbostel of 1777. Families with many children and 3 marriages towards Africa and one emigration to America in the 19th century.|
|The farm Barmbostel is, like the other mentioned farms, very old and since 1777 in ownership of the Grünhagen family. In America near Davenport, Iowa is a farm which still is being managed by the descendents of the emigrant. There are further heirs. One son from Barmbostel migrated to Schleswig-Holstein, he was a farmer too. He had 8 children and thereby he left several heirs. - Since ca. 1875 there is another small farm near the farm in Belsen, which grew up to 18 ha in 1978, where still live Grünhagen. All in all there have been considerably more daughters as sons.|
|The "Homannshof" , a very large and esteemed farm (1356 Morgen = ca. 41 ha), was the starting point of various lineages and the people, like many others too, had to migrate to Großeholz near Soltau as a large military area was built up in 1936. The first Grünhagen lived there early 17th century or even earlier, like in Hanglüß, but continuous (Großeholz). Many marriages among relatives, interim hosts and curators, sidelineages.|
|This issue starts with Fahrenholz. This line remained from 1757 until 1887 as a daughter became heiress. In 1864 a neighbouring farm was bought in addition. They also married among relatives for instance among children of brother and sister. Fahrenholz became starting point of many other fertile lineages. In this issue Bokhorn and Oerbke. Grünhagen lived in Bockhorn from 1814 until 1918, then they moved away, even to Sweden, only one heir left in Rheinland in 1989. There was a marriage contract among Johann Heinrich Grünhagen, Bockhorn and Ilse Dorothee Brockmann, Hartem. - Oerbke, that means the "Oelfkenhof", was passed on to a Grünhagen in 1830. He expanded the farm till it reached the size of 348 Morgen in 1936 as he had to move to Lehrden, district Rotenburg. Large families but only a few heirs.|
|A Grünhagen from Oerbke married and moved to Lührsbockel in 1867. The farm is still in possession of Grünhagens who have had many children, some of them became farmer too. The occupants of Lührsbockel had to hand over 500 Morgen of land because of the built up of the military area in 1936 but they did not have to leave their farm. 752 Morgen of land belongs to the farm these days. - A marriage contract among Johann Peter Grünhagen, Oerbke and Ilse Marie Magdalene Lührs, Bockel. - One Grünhagen came to Bleckmar by marriage in 1874, he brought along a very considerable dowry. Among his children was a triplet, the only triplet I have found since I am searching, but they did not survive. These families had to leave their farms too or had to hand over land in1936. The remained arable land of the farm in Bleckmar has been sold by now. Heirs in other lineages.|
Grünhagen of Homannshof married and moved to the Südbostel
farm in 1769. Südbostel is situated near the "Sieben
(ancient graves) and belonged to the estate of the Homannshof. Most of
the children stayed near the farm, worked at the farm and got married
at higher age. At the time they had to migrate in 1936, 874 Morgen of
land belonged to the farm. Only 372 Morgen of land belonged to the new
farm in Reimerdingen where they had to move to because the farmer
refused to leave his farm! - From the first generation on a relation
existed to the Grünhagens in Pröbsten
two characters: a timber dealer called "Hans Krüz" who marked
he sold with a cross and left a lot of original phrases, and Dorothee
Grünhagen, called "Grefel Dojen" who lived very reclusive with
her goat and her gun.
A monument was placed in Dorfmark in honor of "Grefel Dojen" in 2001. >
|A son of the Homannshof Grünhagens married and moved to Benzen in 1734, a second son followed in 1742. The trace can be followed via Lehrden, Brockhof, Pröbsten to Riepe. Several sidelineages which ended. The farm of Benzen was given up after it was destroyed by the hurricane of 1972, there were heirs. - An other son of the Grünhagens from Homannshof married and moved to the Oelsenhof (Oelsen farm). A descendent of him was, besides farmer, also wood carver: he carved sticks with decorations and self-made poems, over 300 pieces! From Oelsenhof Grünhagens moved to Ottingen, here heirs are alive too. Also from Homannshof Grünhagens moved to Ottingen since 1831, heirs are sill living there. There have been several fatal accidents at the farm. Several sidelineages, to Lippstadt among others, all with heirs. - List of members 1991.|
|Addendum to Pröbsten with a heir in Soltau. - The ancestors of the Grünhagens in Beckedorf came from Homannshof in 1903 and descendents are still living there. There are not many children but nameholder exist. In the past it was a hostelry for carters and horses, later an inn and farm, situated at the street between Bergen and Hermannsburg. - Account about Homannshof by Ingeborg Müller (Grünhagen). - Krusenhausen, a new Grünhagen lineage by marriage since 1809. One generation with many children but further small families. 1867 a Grünhagen married and moved from Krelingen to Krusenhausen. Both farms are being rent out by their heiresses now. Heirs from different lineages in Verden, Düshorn and the USA (not published till now). - An other Grünhagen from Homannshof married and moved to the Hoope farm in 1895. The recent owner of the farm has a son and therewith a heir. Pieces of land had to be hand over in 1936 too. 90 ha. of land belonged to the farm in 1991.|
|The presence of Grünhagens at the Helkenhof (Helken farm) in Westenholz started in 1749 with a son from Nordbostel which belonged to the parish of Fallingbostel. The size of the farm is not mentioned. The poet Hermann Löns enjoyed staying here, he even had his own lodge. Several descendents emigrated to the USA. One of them lives in Montana, others I found recently. The owner moved the farm to obtain more place in 1850 but the farm had to be sold (to a buyer from Hannover) in 1903 because the farmer was paralyzed since years. The children married and moved to other places and their descendents still live in Walsrode, Marklendorf, Soltau, Uelzen and Brietlingen. They are, like the descendents in Montana, heirs.|
|The second farm in Westenholz is the "Aellers Hof". The new man on the farm probably came from Homannshof. First entry in the church register in Düshorn. At his marriage in 1667 he was lessee of the farm although he was called to be owner. The farm was in ownership of Grünhagens until 1855 as the farm was given up and the three brother went to the USA. A cousin of them founded a large family in Glencoe, Minnesota. The families in Germany were rather small unto two generations in Krelingen. Heirs in Jeddingen, Neuenkirchen and in Soltau.|
|contains the descendents of the emigrants of the Aellershof who mainly settled down in Minnesota, some of them are still farmers. Starting points are Glencoe, Gibbon, Cologne and Norwood - all large families but only a few heirs. - Some of them moved to Südbostel in 1797. As a lessee they moved from one village to another, at last to Vorbrück. No heir left. - Another Südbostel lineage went to Einzingen. Here is the origin of the carpenters workshop. Descendents in Schleswig- Holstein developed it to furniture markets. One of the female descendants married someone in Liège, Belgium. Their children maintained the name Grünhagen. There are heirs in Schleswig- Holstein, Düshorn and Belgium.|
|One Grünhagen of "Obergrünhagen" married and moved to the Lehmberg farm, they had six children. In later generations there even were 11 children in one family. Here again emigrants went to the USA with large families. Only a few heirs in Germany and in the USA. The Lehmberg farm was given up in between 1920 and 1930. The name Grünhagen resided on the farm from 1757 until 1922. Heirs in Soltau, Sülze and Meinern. - In this issue a detailed will of Heinrich Friedrich Grünhagen, Fahrenholz, from 1878.|
|Haimar is the first place I could not assign to any other parts of the family. The first Grünhagen moved to the parish farm in 1610 and his family lived there until 1911, over 300 years! From this time on most men became craftsmen. One family went to Pirmasens and another to Bremen and both families were related to shoes, from factory to shoe store. There also was a connection to Brazil which occupational still exists these days. There are heirs in Hanover, Pirmasens and Bremen.|
|One family moved from Haimar to the near village Dolgen in 1701, the last child was born there in 1848. Most people moved away to other places later, end of the Dolgen lineage. - The first Grünhagen in Böstlingen was born in Westenholz in 1831, about his father we do not know anything till now. The only heir of the family of the son was born 1994. The families lived mainly in or near Fallingbostel, some of them worked in Soltau. May be there is another descendent in Düsseldorf. - The first known Grünhagen who became 100 years old, died in Schneeverdingen in 1743. His parentage is unknown. Several generations with tailors and later shoemakers too. The research ends in 1880 because of the data protection. - No new search results in Fallingbostel till now. - List of members 1994.|
|The shepherds who moved to the domain of Luhne were registered in the parish church of Rotenburg/Wümme. The first registered christening there was in 1743. They were shepherds over hundred years, thereafter all kinds of occupations at different places. Many children but hardly any heir.|
|First results of Lüneburg and Braunschweig based on records of other researchers. Data from families in Lüneburg until 1533. Continuing in Braunschweig as honorable merchandiser until the middle of the 17th century. In this time a Grünhagen moved to Meerdorf and became a farmer. There are a lot of children registered in the church archives of Meerdorf but no heirs anymore these days.|
|Several families in and near Meerdorf. There also lived an unmarried woman who had three sons, one of them had descendents who were pertaining to the liberal arts, two of them were poets.|
|contains the story of a descendant of Aellershof who lived in Winkelhausen and became four children long time after her husband died. - The Grünhagen / v. Grünhagen in Eltze who came from Meerdorf. - A long report about the conditions of live and feudal lords those days. v. Grünhagen moved via Ummern to Helmerkamp, there are still heirs.|
|A son from the Meerdorf family married and moved to Seershausen as v. Grünhagen. This v. remained unto one family who lives in Hanover. There are heirs in Seershausen. - One Grünhagen from Meerdorf married and moved to Dollbergen where he toke over the small farm in 1751. Mainly small families unto one family with 9 children. In Dollbergen there are four heirs, here they kept the v. too since 1866.|
|Grünhagens from Meerdorf moved to Gifhorn via Eltze, sometimes with v. in their names, sometimes without. They worked for the government, became doctors or traders. One heir in Cottbus. - Some moved from Eltze to Salzhemmendorf. A death certificate from the Russian state surgeon Heinrich Ludewig von Grünhagen from Moscow dated 25. March 1800 and an enumeration of his male relatives. His nephew Anton was an apothecary and he became the pharmacy of his wives family in Salzhemmendorf, as he married. One marriage contract and a will, no heirs unto one brother, lessee of an estate in Dassel. From his family there is one heir in Hanover. - The Wienbergen lineage started with the family of a soldier in 1797. His parentage is unknown but there are still descendants. Many occupations related to the river Weser. Two heirs, not married in 1997.|
|In Bremen I found several lines which ended in the 19th century. The first Grünhagen, who lived in Bremen, was born in 1665 but not in Bremen. No connection could be found between the families in Bremen and other Grünhagens. - Following a delineation of the state of school and education in the last centuries.|
|Minutes of the last general meeting. - Report of the last expeditions and results. - Wienbergen 2 with a further lineage to Mehringen at the other side of the Weser. This lineage started in 1890 and there still are 5 nameholder. - Story of life of Hans Grünhagen, Berlin.|
|The Grünhagen families of Hambühren and Hornbostel are related which I did not know then. A family founder got married in Bergen in 1773, parentage unknown. He worked as a shepherd, in Wittbeck later. A marriage contract of one of his sons in Hornbostel in 1809. - Account of schoollife from an eyewitness in 1886!|
|Report of my journey to Minnesota and Iowa. Use of old church- and school documents. Further descendents of Krusenhausen and Westenholz. - The Grünhagens from Walle possibly came from Homannshof. One marriage contract of 1735, another of 1764 and one of 1779. Size of the farm is not known. No nameholder here but from Hambühren to Kassel, Wesendorf and Bocholt.|
|Addition to No. 24: will of the family founder of 1798, read in 1823. - Marriage contract in Walle of 1779. - Grünhagens lived in Eversen from 1572 until 1742. Interesting documents but no parentage known. - Grünhagens lived in Celle since at least 1556, some of them were brewer, councilors and pastors. They came probably from Lüneburg but also from Eltze and lived there for the period of about one century.|
|Continuation of Celle. Pastors Georg and Christoph Grünhagen from Celle and Hermannsburg. History of the life of Georg who worked for the town church of Celle later. Furthermore written accounts of this family.|
|Entries in family books from 1634 (Hermannsburg) until 1942, via eastern Prussia back to northern Germany. Written family chronic through centuries with a lot of dedications.|
|Summary of the last ages in Fallingbostel where everything is collected that could be found back to 1330 about the suburb Grünhagen and later about the "emigrants" who settled down in Fallingbostel. There were five houses which history could be followed back very scrappy because of the conflagration of Fallingbostel in 1784 whereby the church register was burned. In Germany I found only one descendent in Salzgitter but a lot in America. At Untergrünhagen the name Grünhagen was remained until 1709 and at Obergrünhagen until 1795. One marriage contract: Johann Heinrich Grünhagen - Anne Catharine Hapke, Steinfoerde in 1758. Heirs in USA.|
|Fallingbostel II contains further emigrants to Minnesota, their history of life and development. - Table of contents. - Minutes of the general meeting 2001.|
|Generations of school teachers in Verden/Aller and surroundings, pastors form 1596 on and sextons too. They came probably from Lüneburg and some emigrated to Sweden. Only descendents in Sweden. One marriage contract in Eißel of 1838 and other authority entries.|
|Fallingbostel III contains further emigrants to Ohio|
|Rodewald exists since the 12th. century but unfortunately documents in the state archives were destroyed by bombs in WW2 and the church register was destroyed as the church of Rodewald burned down earlier. First christening of Grünhagen in1778. The name Grünhagen was first mentioned in 1621, later called Grünhage, there were 2 farms, obviously one family. Now there still is a baker family with 2 sons, one lives in Rodewald and the other one lives in Hamburg. - The Grünhage from Bothmer came from Rodewald via Lutter as farmer and cattle farmer. The next sequence of the Grünhagen Newsletter will contain a very detailed marriage contract among Friedrich Grünhagen and Christine Rabe of 1865. One heir in the last generation.|
|Detailed marriage contract among Friedrich Grünhagen and Christine Rabe of 1865, Lutter. Last will of J. Jürgen Friedrich Grünhage, Rodewald 1828. The lineage of Rodewald II came from Lutter too, from here one branche went to Bevensen and decendents still live there. Anonther branch came back to Rodewald after they lived in other places. No heirs in Bevensen anymore, in Rodewald live two heirs. - Additions to Hambühren (Wittbeck), mainly to the 1st. generation.|
|Earliest time in Lüneburg since 14. century, as far as what could be found in documents, with link to Braunschweig.|
|News from Mexiko, Brasil, Netherlands, Belgium (Höchst), Kasachstan and Polchow. Marriage contracts from Meerdorf. A story about shoes and shoemaker.|
|Overview of coherence within families, wich are worked out till now.|
|Something about how to make a family trees and pedigrees. Visitors from Ohio. Lineage of Johann Grünhagen from Polchow. If you are descendent of this lineage, please let us know.|
|contains, as far as known, the story of Grünhagen from Rotenburg/Wümme, also an initial story about a family who flew from East-Prussia to Sulingen. Short stories about Garnet Grünhagen and Jörg Grünhagen. Russia-lineage announced.|
with this issue the Gruenhagen Newsletter will appear in a new layout
and the content will get more interesting. With more family stories and
history we will inform our members about other families.
- How immigrants came from Helkenhof, Westendorf to Minnesota and Montana with a story of Liz Jacobson, a direct descendent of the migrants.
- History of wartime told in letters sent from Berlin and Russia.
- News from Bremen, the Haimar-Lineage or also called "Shoemakerlineage".
- Following a few contributions to the guestbook of this homepage.
- Formation and change of "The Heidmark".
Report of the trip through the"Heidmark" at the
Grünhagen Day in 2010.
and sequence of owners of Aellershof, Helkenhof
Addition to the family of Christoph Grünhagen which moved from Celle to East Prussia.
The history of the patrician family "von Grönhagen", lineage Lüneburg/Braunschweig/Meerdorf, part 1.
story: Living at the Homanshof. This story represents the common living
at the farms in this area in the 19th. century.
The history of the patrician family "von Grönhagen", lineage Lüneburg/Braunschweig/Meerdorf, part 2.
"Die Moorbrüder", renarration of the novel of E. Frohnert reflecting the living at the farms during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648).
is family research?
Family history: A new lineage leads to the Baltic sates.
Visit from California: Elvin Greenhagen at the trace of the Grünhagens.
Pictures of the "Grünhagen house" in Quedlinburg.
The "Heidmark" - the forgotten land.
Family history 1): Soltau. The history of Grünhagen in Soltau.
Family history 2): Wedding of Mr. Georg Grünhagen, a table song after the Melody of "Steh' ich in finsterer Mitternacht".
Miscellaneous 1): Volksradfahren (bike riding) at the military training area of Bergen, following the traces of our ancestors.
Miscellaneous 2): The "Heidmark", cultural landscape through the ages.
|General: Ober- Grünhagen,
Grünhagen - tracing Grünhagens, where did
they come from?
Family history 1): Emigrants - the Howard Lake lineage. Continuation of Grünhagen Newsletter No. 13.
Family history 2): The Ripkenhof, Lineage Oerbke / Lührsbokel.
Miscellaneous: Turf loading bay Lührsbokel / Wietzendorf. A satelite camp of the prison of Celle. A story told by Johannes H. Grünhagen. Description of the light railway by Thomas W. H. Koppermann.
Gloss: Traces of our ancestors discovered on prehistoric paintings!
Grünhagen, not only a name. There also are villages and places
Grünhagen. – Düshorn, a village with
history. History of the parish
account book of 1683. An attic finding emerges as an cash account book
tanner. The book was found by an ancestor of the Haimar lineage. In
lineage have been a lot of shoemaker in the past.
|No. 51||General: Loingo, the former
name of "The Heidmark". - Story of the village Grünhagen
Family history: Grünhagen, globetrotter. Story of emigrants to Brasil from the Haimar lineage.
Miscellaneous: Article in the "Cellesche Zeitung" about J. Grünhagen. - Railroad in "The Heidmark", debatable plan to build a railroad track for freight traffic across "The Heidmark". - Simon and Garfunkel and Gruenhagen, parallels among a songtext and emigrants. - "De Moler", a short story at nothern German dialect.
|No. 52||General: Hermann
Billung and the
"Welfen". - Christopher Grünhagen, pastor of the
Protestant Reformation time.
Family history: Fritz and Anton Grünhagen from Schneverdingen. - The Schneverdingen Lineage.
Miscellaneous: News from the "Sieben Steinhäusern". - Letter from Amerika. - Ghost stories.
|No. 53||General: Walsrode,
city of Grünhagens? - The "Rischmannshof" in Walsrode. -
Legislative record of the community of
Family history: Also Grünhagens in Curtiba (County Paraná, Brasilien)?
Miscellaneous: Letter of Walter Homann 27.10.2015. - Found: marriage entry from 1754. - Comeback, at last the war is over. - Caution!: Grünhagen-heritage. - Guest book entries.
history of a town in the middle of the "Heidmark". - Conflagration,
fright of citizens. - Life at a farm, Rischmannshof in Walsrode.
Family history: The Meyer-Grünhagen coat of arms - Napoleon (Ohio, Usa) and imigrants of the Fallingbosteler-Lineage - Pictures of a photo album, Homannshof-Lineage.
Miscellaneous: "Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge" - Grünhagenday 2016, protokol of the Grünhagenday in Walsrode.
|No. 55||General: Amber as a commodity, trade routes throughout history. - Oberndorfmark has always been an overall name for the entire peasantry in this district. In 1770 the villages of Osterbostel, Nordbostel, Südbostel, Kolk, Cronsnest and Auf der Hohe are also counted to Oberndorfmark. A report on the living conditions on the farms and the establishment of a school.
Family history: going to church in the Heidmark.
Miscellaneous: Schlosstheater Celle celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Cellesche Zeitung. - "House rule".
|No. 56||General: Meerdorf is more than 850 years old place in the district of Peine between Braunschweig and Hannover. - The family name "von Grünhagen". The emergence of family names from the 12th century.
Family history: the writer Joachim Grünhagen and Meerdorf. - Gringagin (Grünhagen) in Russia. - An overview of the spread of the name "Grünhagen".
|No. 57||General: Hermann Löns, the Heidmark and the Grünhagens. - Establishment of a main post office between Frankfurt / Main and Hamburg in 1634.
Family History: Addendum to News No. 56 (Oct. 2017) by Hoyer Grünhagen. - Two brothers from Hambühren emigrate. Letters from an emigrant to Argentina.
|No. 58||General: Hermann Löns, addendum I. - Salt from the Heidmark, salt extraction in Sülze near Bergen in the 14th century. - There were protests from the tourism industry when access to the "Sieben Steinhäuser" was blocked for a long time. - Popular customs in the Heidmark. The process of building a house, timber is provided and neighborhood help is provided. - The "Warnecken Hof". Chronicle of a farm.
Family history: Emigrants from Krelingen to Minnesota (Krusenhausen line).
Miscellaneous: Map of the Principality of Lüneburg by Johannes Mellinger, 1593. - Posse by Wilhelm Busch.
|No. 59||General: Hermansburg and the Ev. -Luth. Ministry. History of Pastor Ludwig Harms. - Where the petroleum age really started. First oil wells in Wietze. - Hermann Löns, Addendum II.|
|To be continued.|