In doing my family research I have had to rely on verbal information I have received from my parents. One of the things that I was told was that my parents came from Ulm, Germany to America. I presumed that they were interred in the labor camp there during WWII. I presumed that there time in Germany was spent in Ulm, that they met there, got married there, and my sister was born there.
Again, verbal information. I decided to search and find any and all documents pertaining to my parents time in Ulm, Germany. To that end I made contact with someone working a the city archives in Ulm, the deputy director Ulrich Seemüller. I gave him as much information as I knew but he wasn’t able to locate any information. He e-mailed me back asking for the name of the companies that my parents worked at while in the forced labor camp. That information I didn’t have. I replied that all I knew was that my father said that he was a cobbler (shoemaker) while in Germany.
So I was pleasantly surprised when Mr. Seemüller sent me another e-mail providing me with documentation of useful information. What his information provided was that 1. yes, my sister was born in Ulm, Germany, but 2. while my parents were living in Ulm, Germany at that time, they were married in Sulmingen, Germany. Wow. I didn’t know that. Now, I get to update the information I know and have a whole new locale to search.
My next step will be to contact Mr. Werneke in Germany pertaining to this new information that I got. Mr. Werneke has done extensive research on labor camps in Germany. Hopefully, he can help me research those in the Sulmingen/Maselheim region.