It was only this year that I discovered genealogy groups on Facebook, I then started adding as many as I could find, then branching out into individual areas where family are from (IE: Oxfordshire/Northumberland/Somerset) and searching the groups/pages for any information on the surnames connected to me. I joined a Prussian group a few weeks back, and only just joined a German one this week, asked the question about my brick wall and had a HIT!!!!
For so long I had been stuck with my German family the Hahnel's. My great great grandfather Charles Bernhardt Hahnel was born in Chemnitz in 1866 ( these are recorded on his naturalisation certificate), came to Australia in 1886, he sailed from Antwerp, to Victoria. Charles met and married Hannah. On their marriage certificate, Charles father is listed as Charles Augustus Hahnel (Butcher) and Theresa Schmidt. I was getting no where, that is until one kind soul commented on my post. She had found Karl Augustus Hahnel (Frankenberg) and Rosalie Theresie Schmidt (Frankenberg) and their respective parents, Karl Augustus Hahnel and Johann Gottfried Schmidt (Another person commented that Johann was a land owner, so that is something I am going to have to branch out on now too). Woooo I am now two steps further then I was before. I asked where she obtained the information as it has been a chore looking for information outside of ancestry, the information actually came from Ancestry World. So after my subscription of UK Plus ends, I will get a month of world so I can see if I can find any more information.
My name is Davina and I have been researching my family history since 2011. I started with almost nothing but ended up with a wealth of information and I needed an outlet to show and display all the information I have found.