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The Klein Families of Alsace

by Peter
(England)

French Soldiers in Franco Prussian War 1870 to 1871

French Soldiers in Franco Prussian War 1870 to 1871

My great grandmother was Caroline Klein who was born in Aswillier Alsace in 1868.


Her father was Valentine Klein. He was described as a gentleman on Caroline's marriage certificate.

Caroline came to England around the late 1880s and worked as a governess in Tiverton Devon and married in 1891 to Herbert Penny.

Her sister Louisa also lived in England.

So my question is would there be a historical reason why they came to England around that time?

As regards Valentine and his wife Salome Haury, I cannot find them in England. I have found their French citizenship documents from 1872 for Alsace.

So my second question is where can I find any records for them bearing in mind that I cannot speak or read French.

I would love to go to Alsace sometime in the future. It looks like a lovely place.

Any information you can give would help.

Regards,
Peter

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Franco Prussian War 1870-1871
by: Suzele

Hi Peter,

I can only speculate about what might have caused Caroline to move to England...

The Franco-Prussian war occurred from 1870-1871 and the end result was Alsace became part of the German Empire.

According to my information around 50,000 Alsatians left leaving behind them their property, family and culture (mostly for other parts of France or Switzerland). These were mostly well educated, intellectual types or politicians.

Hope it helps,
Suzele

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Finding Family Records in France
by: Suzele

Hi Peter

Regarding finding family records in France, I've written in a number of locations on the subject on GetAlsaced.com already...

The first place I would look is...

Will I Be Able to Find Ancestor Records in Alsace



And in general, I try to group all the genealogy related quetions and comments in one place...

Your Questions about Genealogy and France



Personally, if I really wanted to research my family tree in France and I didn't understand a word of French, I would consider hiring someone to help me.

Even if you know where to look, you will likely need some help writing letters to these people and occasionally translating documents.

If I ever know of anyone to recommend, I will most certainly put it on this website...

Hope it helps,
Suzele

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Family Search KLEIN
by: klein Gauthier

By chance, I came across your site. I am looking for a long time the descendants of Valentin Klein HAURY Salome and Caroline, his sister Louise and her brother Valentin.

Gauthier KLEIN from PHALSBOURG

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Hi Peter
by: klein Gauthier

Hi Peter,

I came across this site and what was my surprise I found a branch of the family Klein that I has long sought.

Your ancestors KLEIN Valentin and Salome Haury were born in Asswiller and Valentin is the brother of one of my great - great grandfather Jean-Pierre KLEIN. I checked all the dates and are accurate.

Valentin and Salome left Asswiller in 1972 after the War of 1871. They owned a tile factory which traces still exist.

They went to Pantin near Paris with their three children: Caroline, Louise and Valentin.

I would like to contact you to invite you to find all your cousins ​​here in Alsace and Lorraine.
My address: klein.walter @ orange.fr

Your cousin
Walter

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Moritz Klein
by: Craig Whitacre

Moritz Klein, is my great grandfather born in 1681 at Polstorf, Steinsal, Alsace. Died in 1776 Lincoln, North Carolina USA.

Just starting back on my ancestry. He married Anna Catherina Marzloff, Hirshchland, Bas-Rhin, Alsace.

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The Klein family name
by: Suzele

Hi everyone,

Just a bit of information about the family name KLEIN. It's relatively common. These sorts of names you find in many areas and you really have to be sure that it is in fact your relative before you add it in to your family tree.

Hope it helps,
Suzele

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Clines/Klein
by: Russell Cline

The progenitor of my Cline lineage is Pieter Klein born 1575 in Postroff Now France. Stiemsall is another town, very close but its church kept the birth records. Eventually some of this line would end up in SW Ohio.

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