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Re: Towns

Posted: 1357410054000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1357410771000
Schleswig-Holstein changed hands from Denmark to Germany in 1864. After World War I, Schlesvig elected to return to Danish rule; Holstein elected to stay in Germany. Place names in this region are thus found by both German names and Danish names for the same place. The name wouldn't be wildly different - we find W in the German and V in the Danish, for example (Schleswig in the German, Schlesvig in the Danish).

Your ancestor's ethnic identity was Danish, which is a clue that he wouldn't be from Holstein, but he/she could have been technically born within what was then Germany.

An old map on Wikipedia Commons (bless Wikipedia!) of the area around the city of Tønder:
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