Thanks for the clarification. Both Ancestry.com and Family Search are LDS, I have used them both, and have pretty much exhausted both, unless there is something you know that I don't. I am looking to access records from Germany. My understanding is that after WWII, when both Stettin (Szczecin) and Dabie (Altdamm) were ceded to Poland, they may have been moved to some place in Berlin.
If there is something like that which the common man (me) can access, then I will be happy with that information. If not, then I would like to explore what you can do that I cannot.
I will start with my great grandfather, born in Altdamm, Germany.
b. 8 Feb Altdamm, Germany
immigrated to U.S. 5 Nov 1881 from Bremen aboard ship "Hermann"
m Bertha Ewig, also from Altdamm, in 1884, in Milwaukee,WI
d. 1931 in Milwaukee
b. Nov 1828, (documented), in Altdamm, Ger (as far as I know)
m. Friedericke Kurt in 1854 (Altdamm, Ger)
Franz (1859-1922, immigrated 1881-1882
m. Maria Ewig in Milwaukee, 1882, (also from Altdamm)
Herman C (25 Aug 1859, Altdamm (as far as I know)
immigrated Mar 1883
m. 1884 in Milwaukee to Wilhelmina von Rusch, from Ger, unsure exactly where
m. Friedrich Buhse in Milwaukee (I think, documentation unclear on this)
According to the 1900 census Karl and Friedericke had 6 children, the 4 mentioned above, and 2 who presumably did not come, but rather stayed or died (my guess) in Germany before Karl and Fried. left
Karl Kriehn had a brother Franz, 1834-1909, also from Altdamm, immigrated to U.S. in 1882, and joined his brother in Milwaukee
Franz married Carolina Lindemann, unsure whether in U.S. or Ger.
Parents of Karl and Franz
Christian Kriehn 1810-1877 presumably Altdamm, but unsure
m. a woman last name Bald, first name unknown, year unknown
I have family tradition on this, but no documentation
Franz Kriehn 1774-1779 presumably Altdamm, but unsure
Johanne Paech 1778-?
Again, family tradition, but no documentation
My ancestors caught and smoked fish, initially in the lagoons and rivers (Baltic Sea) near Stettin and Altdamm in Germany, and then on Jones Island in Milwaukee harbor, at least initially, before heading to Port Washington and Manitowoc, WI
Sorry off to a rocky start. I did not mean to doubt your abilities. I will let it to you if you would like to continue or pass this along to someone else.