Can someone tell me whether the local church districts keep the old records or are they sent to the Archives somewhere and if so, where?
I am particularly interested in the church district of Buer near Melle and near Osnabruck and the time frame of early to middle 1800s.
My GrGrandfather Christopher Vornheder AKA Springer put Jackson, Ohio on his masonic records as where he was born in 1849 but his younger brother was born in Markendorf (now part of Melle) in 1853 and baptised there in 1859 (I have a copy of his bith/baptism he received from the Church district of Buer right before he emigrated in 1870. Could the parents have come to the USA and returned to Germany after Christopher was born or was he really born in Germany. That is a puzzle I would like to clear up.