Using the control number of Emil Hutop from his ITS/EWZ file, I found the correct FHL Stammblätter film, not yet digitized. However, I also wanted to search the Einwanderer films to learn how to get the case number.
NARA II RESEARCHER:
I had two options: Contact a researcher at the NARA II to obtain the ever-important case numbers (Einwanderer) so I could get the rest of the record (Stamblatter) in July at FHL. Or plunge into these unfamiliar records myself.
Because I wanted to be very thorough in my research and make the most of my time at the FHL, I decided to hire a researcher at NARA II. On the NARA II website,
The EWZ records were part of the “captured German records” and in a rotating list of researchers, I chose one whose expertise lay with “captured German records.” I picked a researcher who lived about 8 miles away from NARA II and charged $25 an hour. This name is available upon request.
I e-mailed him to tell him exactly what I wanted—search the NARA II entire EWZ collection for additional information on Emil Hutop with the case number I had from his ITS/EWZ records and also get the case number for Johann Hutop, so I could get the Stammblatter record at the FHL in July. At that time, it was likely that the FHL Einwanderer and Stamblatter films I needed had to be specially ordered from the Granite Mountain facility although by today many have been digitized, but available only at FHC and affiliates because they may contain information about living persons.
The response was immediate so the next steps proceeded very quickly. I liked the way this researcher worked. He perused the entire collection and emailed me a few samples of what he had found. When he received my check, he emailed me the rest.
Summary of the EWZ Records for One Family
The EWZ 57 Einwanderer records provided the get the case number and the EWZ 58 Stammblätter provided additional information.
NARA II EWZ 57 Einwanderer: Four pages from the basic card index were included, one of which was the G (Gesundheits) Health Card Summary with its triangles, circles, and squares. This page confirmed that Johann Hutop, born 1910 (just as Benjamin Hutop has predicted!) was the son of Johann Hutop and Luiza Reigel. The required photograph showed a great deal of similarity with Emil Hutop. Now we knew they were full brothers! (See EWZ Post 5 for this record.)
The Kartei form also listed Johann’s wife as Emma geb. Rabbenstein, and their son Alfred Hutop, born in 1933. Alfred Hutop was a new name!
NARA II EWZ 58 Stammblätter:
The first page was the typed Stammblätt record with case number, names, birthdates, places, parents’ names, children’s names, and the same photograph on the second page. The birthdate of Johann’s father Johann was recorded in Gize, on October 6, 1848.
Author’s Note: This birthdate differs with two other sources of information. The internal travel passport (a copy which I have had since 1993 stated the birthdate as June 15, 1846). Since Johann was reporting the information about his own birthdate, this is considered a primary record. On the Stamblätter of Emil Hutop, this information was reported with a ? The 1848 date from Johann and the ? from Emil are considered as secondary sources, farther away from the actual event. Eventually we learned that 2 of his 3 children did not report his birthdate.
The Stamblätter page also gave us new places to look for his marriage to Emma and birth of their son Alfred.
EMMA GEB. RABBENSTEIN (BRAUN) HUTOP
NARA II EWZ 57 Einwanderer: Four pages from the basic card index were included, one of which was the G (Gesundheits) Health Card Summary. They provided her place of birth: Lankupenen, Krs. Wilkowischken and her residence before 1941, Janofka, Litauen.
NARA II EWZ 58 Stammblätter:
The first page was the typed Stammblätt record with case number, names, birthdates, places, and parents’ names, and the photograph on the second page.
Author’s Note: Once the location of Lankupenen, Krs. Wilkowischken, was located and the location of parish records determined, and by knowing the marriage date of November 8, 1932, the marriage record of Johann Hutop and Emma geb. Rabbenstein Braun, a widow was quickly found on FHL microfilm.
NARA II EWZ 57 Einwanderer: Two pages from the basic card index were included, one of which was the G (Gesundheits) Health Card Summary. They provided his place of birth: Pawischtiten, Krs. Wilkowischken and his residence before 1941, Janofka, Litauen. He was a Schüler, a student.
Author’s Note: Family Search does not list any films of baptisms in 1933, the year Alfred Hutop was born. Only births from 1912 to 1914 and 1938 and 1939 are listed for Pawischtiten, part of the Vistytis (Wischtiten) (also Vyshtynets) parish.