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Neuckranz 1860's Denmark Germany

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Re: Neuckranz 1860's Denmark Germany

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Thanks for that. I'm wondering what makes you say this: "It appears to me that Ferdinand was born in Heide and then moved and likely was married in Hamburg where their first child was born before emigrating to the US."

Okay - I took a look at Ancestry. A family tree called "Neuckranz" says Ferdinand Friedrich August Neuckranz was born 23 Sep 1865 at Rendsburg-Eckernforde,** Germany and was married in 1888 to Anna Georgine Bertha Johanna Beckmann. Gives Bertha's dob as 17 Dec 1865 in Germany and died 16 Sep 1940 in Chicago. I can't open the tree - that's all I can see. Ditto for additional trees listing Ferdinand and Bertha.

[**Rendsburg-Eckernforde, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany]

You may have the following records but these are good to post because they can help reserachers to find the family in Germany.

Hamburg Passagierlisten 1850-1934 as transcribed on
Departure Date: 8 Mar 1891
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Ship Name: Russia, Captain: Schmidt
Shipping Line: Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft
Ship Type: Dampfschiff, Accommodation: Zwischendeck
Ship Flag: Deutschland
Port of Arrival: New York
Ferd.d Neukranz 25
Bertha Neukranz 25
Marie Neukranz 4

1900 US Census
Milwaukee Ward 20, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Fred We*Kranz 34 born Sep 1865 Germany, married 1888, married 12 years, to USA 1891
Bertha We*Kranz 34 born Dec 1865 Germany, has had 6 children, 3 are living
Bertha We*Kranz 8 born Sep 1891 in Illinois
Ferdinand We*Kranz 6 born Mar 1894 in Illinois
Margaret We*Kranz 5 born July 1895 in Illinois
August Beckmann 68 widowed father-in-law, b Jun 1831 in Germany, parents b Germany, to USA 1887

In Bertha's death record her father is named as Joseph Beckmann, so it could be his name is Joseph August Beckmann.

This might possibly be the death of Bertha's father. The online transcription of a death record usually has less information than the original (original might have parents' names, birth place, day-month-year of birth, spouse, etc.)
Name: August Beckmann
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 18 Jul 1901
Event Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Page: 0544

In 1900 city directory for Milwaukee Ferdinand is listed as a fresco painter.

Chicago Ward 27, Cook, Illinois, USA
Ferdinand Neuckranz 52 born about 1868 in Germany, to USA 1891
Bertha Neuckranz 52 born about 1868 in Germany, to USA 1891
Harry Neuckranz 17 born 1903 in Wisconsin

Death Record as transcribed on Family Search
Ferdinand Neuckrantz
Date: 30 May 1920
Place: Bremen, Cook, Illinois
Gender: Male Race: White
Age (Formatted): 54y
Birth Date: 23 Sep 1866
Birthplace: Germany
Spouse: Bertha
Father's Birthplace: unknown
Mother's Birthplace: unknown
Occupation: draftsman
Address: 4202 N. Sacramento
Residence Place: Chgo., Ill.
Burial Place: Montrose
Burial Date: 01 Jun 1920
Informant's Name (Original): X
GS Film #1308656, Digital Folder #4484381, Image #678
Reference ID:

Bertha Neukranz [sic]
age 61, widowed
occupation h/hold
Birthplace: Hamburg
Immigration Visa No. 249358 issued at [Washington], date 4/9/27.Pt
Last permanent residence: Chicago, own home
Whether ever before in the United States: 1891/1927 Chic. own home 4202 N. Sacramento Ave.

Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
Bertha Neuckranz 64, widow, born Germany
Nan Dyer 36 daughter, widow, born Illinois
Donald Dyer 5 grandson

Ferdinande married William Dyer 02 August 1916 in Cook County, Illinois - possibly her marriage record might provide a new clue about her parents.

US Naturalization Records as indexed on
Name: Bertha Neuckranz
Birth Date: 17 Dec 1866
Birth Place: Germany
Age at event: 62
Court District: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa
Year of Arrival: 1891
Date of Action: 14 Feb 1929

Death Record
Name: Bertha Neuckranz [an user suggests maiden name Bertha Beckman]
Birth Date: abt 1866
Death Date: 16 Sep 1940
Death Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Death Age: 74
Gender: Female
Father Name: Joseph Beckman <----------------------
Spouse Name: Ferdinand
FHL Film Number: 1953583

Sandi, just as a matter of interest on the side, search the Chronicling America website (Library of Congress) for an article in the The Day Book, August 05, 1914, titled "Germans Sore at War Action of Newspapers." Topic is the outrage of German Americans in Chicago that media coverage was biased against "the German cause." Ferdinand Neukranz [sic] is mentioned as being appointed to a special Red Cross committee.
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