Tazewell County
Genealogical & Historical Society
Ortssippenbücher (OSB) Collection
as of January 2012

Many of the early settlers of Tazewell County emigrated from the Ostfriesland area of Germany. One of these settlers, Teis Smith, became a successful businessman in Pekin. He encouraged many other Ostfriesen families to migrate to central Illinois, providing employment in his wagon factory.

Ostfriesland, also called East Friesland or East Frisia, is an area in the northwest corner of Germany on the North Sea coast and includes the German islands in the North Sea. Ostfriesland is a region rather than any kind of administrative or political district such as a state or province.

Ostfriesland is contained within the German state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). The approximate borders of Ostfriesland are the Netherlands to the west, south to about Papenburg, and east to Oldenburg.

The largest city in Ostfriesland is Emden. Other important cities are Aurich, Leer, Esens, Jever, Norden, and Wittmund.

Ortssippenbücher (OSB) books contain important information for Ostfriesen researchers such as names, occupations, family relationships, and dates of births, marriages, and deaths for families of a specific Ostfriesen town or village. The information (usually extracted from local church records) is presented alphabetically by family group surname.

OSBs are created by volunteers, some of whom have spent up to fourteen years writing them. The books are written in German and typically cover the time period from the mid-1600’s through 1900.

OSBs are published in Germany by the Upstalsboom-Gesellschaft (Genealogical Society of Ostfriesland).  Although these books are a great resource, please remember they are still a secondary source. Errors have been known to exist.

Our OSB collection is currently thought to be the largest in the State of Illinois. We are always interested in expanding the collection.  If you know of a source of some of the other OSB volumes, please contact us.

Ostfriesland
Village
Years
Covered
Ostfriesland
OSB Volume
Deutsch
OSB Volume
Remarks
Amdorf 1649-1900 Band 22

A 131

 

Ardorf

 1749-1900

 Band 37

 A 210

 

Arle 1720-1900 Band 71 A 367  
Asel 1631-1930 Band 70 A 366  
Aurich-Oldendorf 1700-1900 Band 5 A 67  
Backemoor 1712-1900 Band 11 A 82  
Bagband 1696-1900 Band 27 A 163  
Baltrum 1707-1962 Band 3 A 65  
Bangstede 1724-1900 Band 12 A 130  

Barstede

 1684-1907

 Band 31

 A 175

 

Bedekaspel

 1726-1900

 Band 29  A 169

 

Bingum

 1760-1900

 Band 33  A 192

 

Böhmerwold 1695-1910 Band 68 A 364  
Borβum        
Borkum (OFB) 1713-1900      
Borssum (OFB) 1676-1900      
Breinermoor 1700-1900 Band 10 A 77  
Burhafe 1650-1695 Online Online Work in Progress
Buttforde (2 volumes) 1646-1920 Band 76 A 401  
Canhusen 1740-1900 Band 41 A 222  

Canum

 1729-1900

 Band 47  A 241

 

Collinghorst 1701-1900 Band 34 A 200  

Detern

 1644-1900

 Band 40  A 217

 

Ditzumerverlaat

 1853-1900

 Band 53  A 266

 

Driever

 1767-1900

 Band 36  A 209

 Includes Esklum

Dunum (2 volumes) 1670-1900      
Dunum 1670-1824 Online Online Work in Progress

Dykhausen-Neustadtgödens

 1611-1900

 Band 60  A 313

 

Eggelingen

 1651-1920

 Band 54  A 267

 

Eilsum 1718-1900 Band 80 A 450  

Emden (French Reform)

 1661-1897

 Band 63  A 341

 

Engerhafe

 1666-1900

 Band 38  A 214

 

Esklum

 1682-1900

 Band 36  A 209

 Includes Driever

Filsum 1716-1900 Band 46 A 234  
Firrel (in Remels)        
Forlitz-Blaukirchen 1678-1910 Band 90 00.604  

Freepsum

 1719-1900

 Band 49  A 243

 

Gandersum (OFB) 1723-1900      
Greetsiel 1694-1900 Band 91 00.555  
Grimmersum        
Grossefehn (OFB) 1701-1900      
Groβefehn        

Groß Midlum

 1701-1900

 Band 50  A 244

 

Großwolde

 1728-1900

 Band 55  A 268

 

Grotegaste

 1725-1900

 Band 35  A 208

 Includes Mitling-Mark

Halte (OFB) 1670-1875     Part of Vellage
Haztzum 1702-1900 Band 79 A 449  
Hesel 1643-1900 Band 8 A 71  
Hollen (in Remels)        

Holtgaste

 1695-1900

 Band 59  A 299

 

Holtland

 1629-1900

 Band 26  A 161

 

Holtrop 1634-1900 Band 17 A 135  
Horsten 1682-1900 Band 13 A 184  
Ihrhove 1723-1900 Band 32 A 188  
Jarβum        
Jarssum 1786-1900 Band 74 A 400  
Jemgum (2 volumes) 1674-1900 Band 72 A 388  
Kirchborgum 1724-1900 Band 19 A 116  

Landschaftspolder

 1766-1900

 Band 63  A 316

 

Larrelt 1671-1900 Band 43 A 231  
Leer (12 Volumes) - Ref
                             - Luth
                             - Kath
1601-1900
1674-1900
1679-1900
Band 64
Band 65
Band 66
A 342
A 343
A344
 
Leerhafe 1672-1900 Band 45 A 233  
Leerort 1600-1900 Band 18 A 113  
Loga 1728-1900 Band 9 A 72  
Logabirum 1719-1900 Band 7 A 70  
Logumer Vorwerk 1730-1900 Band 44 A 232 Includes Nesserland

Loppersum

 1720-1900

 Band 42  A 223

 

Loquard 1632-1910      
Marienchor 1755-1910 Band 69 A 365  
Marienwehr 1728-1900 Band 82 A 476  

Middels

 1684-1950

 Band 4  A 66

 

Midlum (Klein) 1704-1900 Band 77 A 414  

Mitling-Mark

 1637-1900

 Band 35  A 208

Includes Grotegaste

Moordorf 1892-1900 Band 73 A 399 Includes Victorbur
Neermoor (OFB) 1665-1900     To be released in 2009
Nendorp 1698-1911 Band 88 00.590  
Nesserland 1719-1872 Band 44 A 232 Includes Logumer Vowerk
Neuburg 1648-1900 Band 23 A 132  

Neustadtgödens

 1695-1900

 Band 61  A 314

 

Norderney 1688-1900 Band 67 A 352  
Nortmoor 1671-1900 Band 20 A 177  

Nüttermoor (2 volumes)

 1663-1900

 Band 28  A 166

 

Ochtelbur 1706-1900 Band 15 A 108  
Ockenhausen (in Remels) 1898-      
Oldendorp 1712-1911 Band 89 00.591  
Petkum 1681-1900 Band 86 A 556  
Pewsum (OFB) 1729-1907      
Pogum 1717-1874      

Potshausen

 1685-1900

 Band 30  A 162

 

Reepsholt (3 volumes)

 1633-1900

 Band 14  A 97

 

Remels        
Riepe (OFB) 1712-1909      
Rorichum (OFB) 1695-1900     To be released in 2009
Rysum 1712-1900 Band 83 A 487  
Siegelsum 1700-1907 Band 84 A 488  
Simmonswolde (FB) 1654-1900      
Spetzerfehn (OFB) 1767-1910      
Spiekeroog 1669-1958 Band 2 A 64  
Stedesdorf 1629-1852 Online Online Work in Progress
Steenfelde 1719-1900 Band 39 A 220  

Strackholt

 1706-1900

 Band 52  A 246

 

Stapelmoor 1709-1900      
Suurhusen 1705-1900 Band 81 A 451
Tergast 1661-1900 Band 85 A 554  
Timmel 1699-1900 Band 21 A 136  

Twixlum

 1706-1900

 Band 58  A 298

 

Uphusen

 1727-1900

 Band 24  A 142

 

Uplengen (FB)        
Veenhusen 1669-1900   A 315  
Vellage (OFB) 1670-1875     Part of Halte
Victorbur 1620-1900 Band 73 A 399 Includes Moordorf
Visquard        

Völlen

 1677-1900

 Band 57  A 282

 

Weene 1671-1911 Band 87 A 567  
Werdum (2 volumes) 1662-1900 Band 6 A 68 & 69  

Westerbur

 1556-1900

 Band 25  A 147

 

Westerende 1663-1910 Band 16 A 98  
Wiesede        

Wirdum

 1652-1900

 Band 56  A 281

 

Wolthusen 1646-1900 Band 78 A 415  

Woltzeten

 1780-1900

 Band 48  A 242

 

Woquard 1724-1900 Band 1 A 176  

Wybelsum

 1724-1900

 Band 51  A 245

 

Wymeer (OFB) 1713-1900      

Dornum and Uttum are scheduled to be printed sometime in 2012.

Other Ostfriesland Resources in our Collection

Barssel (CD) Newsletters - Ostfriesian Heritage Society of East Central Illinois (OHSECI) - Rantoul, IL
Berne (CD)
East Friesens in America North Germany to North America
Esens (1554-1811) Ostfiiesisches Geschlechterbuch (band 212)
Jade (CD) Remels Vols 1-17
Kopf Schatzung 1719 (census) Varel (CD)
Leer - (Families-Reformed) (1796-1873) Waddens (CD)
Moordorf (1767-1817) "Where did they stay?" Boyken's Books Vol 1-6
Newsletters - Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America (OGSA) - St. Paul, MN "Where did they stay?" Index
Newsletters - Ostfriesen Genealogical Society (OGS) - George, IA Wittmund (1540-1800)
Newsletters - Ostfriesen Heritage Society (OHS) - Grundy County, IA  

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