Obit: Kopp, Joseph (1839 - 1917)

Contact:  Mitch Blank

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Susie,

There is not now, nor apparently ever was, as 'Kingdorn' in Bavaria. In fact, there is no location in all of Germany whose name begins 'King...'.

German place names in American records can often be pretty mangled. I suspect that is what happened in this case.

There are a few things you might try. Look for other records that might list a home town. I.e., obituaries or naturalization papers for any relatives. You might also try the *departing* (not the American) passengers lists, which often list home villages.

Also, since people tended to settle in America near people the knew in Germany, finding the home villages of your ancestor's neighbors and associates may lead you to a village in Germany that is near one that could have been confused for 'Kingdorn'. Particularly look into any families your family may have married into soon after arriving.

Best of luck,

Mitch

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