I just received an email from my friend Ernst-Dieter from Bassum.  He just checked the Sudwalde church records and was unable to find Friedrich Rathkamp, b 1834.  He searched a year before and a year after this date and still came up dry.

Herr Wessels recently sent me some lists of Rathkamps from Diepholz which mentions a Fr Rathkamp in Albringhausen in 1855.  This is a possibility, especially since this is where his wife Dorothee was from.

I’m disappointed, but hopeful of finding something.  I KNOW he’s in the area.

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