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Old Durlach Cemetary?

by christinemccaff Online Now Jan 28, 2010 at 1:12 AM

Can someone tell me if there are still the original graves at this cemetary. I am visiting for business and my great grandparents were buried there. I was told by my mother that the cemetary may not be there anymore? Then when I read the posting regarding the "old cemetary" outside the Basel Gate I wanted to know if I was able to visit my grandparents graves? I would need to come visit the cemetary early next week.

Their names are Lisette & Gustav Hummel, they had one plot, and a shared tombstone (I have an old picture).

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    Re: Old Durlach Cemetary?

    by Kathrin_E Online Now Jan 28, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    The old cemetery right outside Basler Tor is no more. It has been turned into a park and playground, sometimes it is used for events. There are a few historical graves left.
    If you read German, check here: ka.stadtwiki.net/Alter_Fried...
    Some tombstones have been transferred to the historical museum (Pfinzgaumuseum) in Karlsburg palace.

    Around 1900 the new cemetery was opened which is still in operation.
    karlsruhe.de/rathaus/buerger...

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    by Kakapo2 Online Now Jan 28, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Just let me add: Even on exisiting cemeteries it is not common in Germany that graves remain there forever. Resting places are only leased, and depending on the local regulations, the leases run out after about 20 years. They can be extended if relatives pay for it. There are only exceptions from the rule, like the one Kathrin gave you a link to, and for graves of historical significance, extraordinary family plots, and so on. Nothing of this applies to "normal" people's graves.

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    by cathy9510usa Online Now Apr 4, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    I'm in a similar position to the person who posted this question. My great-grandparents may have come from Durlach in the 1870s, only I don't know for sure. All I can find is my great-grandmother's application to emigrate. Does anyone have any idea how I can check church records for marriages and births? Thanks very much.

    Cathy

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    by Kathrin_E Online Now Apr 4, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Which denomination? Protestant or catholic?

    Church registers are, most likely, available on microfilm in the relevant regional church archive. That's where I'd start searching. Due to limited capacities of readerprinter workplaces and lots of requests, they require appointments well in advance (about 3-4 months). Contact the relevant one with a detailed enquiry.

    Protestant registers can be suspected at:
    Landeskirchliches Archiv Karlsruhe
    Blumenstraße 1-7
    76133 Karlsruhe
    Telefon 0721/9175-795
    Telefax 0721/9175-550
    E-Mail archivekiba.de

    For catholics, the archive of the archdiocese in Freiburg is in charge.
    Erzbischöfliches Archiv Freiburg
    Schoferstr. 2
    79098 Freiburg
    Tel. 07 61 - 2188 -0
    Fax 07 61 - 21 88 -505

    I assume you are able to read the old German handwriting? This skill is needed.

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    by Kathrin_E Online Now Apr 4, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Correction: E-mail of the protestant one: archiv(at)ekiba.de

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    by cathy9510usa Online Now Apr 4, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Thanks very much for the excellent sources. Looks as if I'm stuck, though, as I can't read old German. By the way, my great-grandmother is said to have come from Stupferich, Durlach. Anyone know where that is/

    Thanks again.

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    by Kathrin_E Online Now Apr 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Stupferich is an old village up in the hills, just beyond Durlach, which is now a suburb of Karlsruhe. Quite a nice village, by the way.

    If the photo upload works, here should be a photo:

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    by Kathrin_E Online Now Apr 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I'd enquire with the archives anyway. You could also try contacting the local history association in Stupferich, they might be of help: heimatverein-stupferich.de/K...
    Their website is in German but you'll find the address and e-mail link.

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    by cathy9510usa Online Now Apr 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Thanks very much, and the photo did show up; it's very pretty.

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    by cathy9510usa Online Now Apr 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Very helpful information. Perhaps I'll find some good answers. Thanks again.

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