Tazewell County
Genealogical & Historical Society
Ortssippenbücher (OSB) Collection
as of September 2016

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) and Ortsfamilienbücher (OFB) books contain important genealogical information for Ostfriesen researchers such as family names, social status; occupations; family relationships; and dates of births, marriages, and deaths for families found in a specific church in an Ostfriesen village.

The data in these books has been extracted from local church records and other village/city sources and is presented alphabetically by family surname and then chronologically by marriage date with references to further familial information.

OSB/OFBs are compiled by volunteers, some of whom have spent years writing them. The books are written in German and typically cover the time period from 1700 through 1900, depending on the available data.

Since the data has been extracted from the original records, please remember OSB/OFB books are only a secondary source. When possible, the data should be verified using the original sources.

These books are often the only available practical resources for researchers who cannot access the original records in German archives.  However, some of the original church records may be available on microfilm from the LDS Church.

Ortssippenbüch (OSB) are published in Germany by the Upstalsboom-Gesellschaft (Genealogical Society of Ostfriesland).  Ortsfamilienbüch (OFB) are privately published and sold.  For all intensive research purposes, OSB and OFB books can be considered the same.

The value of an Ortssippenbüch is clear. Of course, not every village has an OSB/OFB, but when one is found, a researcher can gain a tremendous amount of information.  New books are still being issued and are added to our collection as they are published.

Our OSB collection is currently thought to be complete and the largest in the State of Illinois.  If it's not convenient to access our collection, many  OSBs and OFBs are available for purchase from the Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America.

Ostfriesland
Village/Parish
Years
Covered
Book
Type
Remarks
Amdorf 1649-1900 OSB  

Ardorf

 1749-1900

OSB

 

Arle 1720-1900 OSB  
Asel 1631-1930 OSB  
Aurich - Oldendorf 1700-1900 OSB  
Aurich - Reformed 1771-1900 OSB  
Backemoor 1712-1900 OSB  
Bagband 1696-1900 OSB  
Baltrum 1707-1962 OSB  
Bangstede 1724-1900 OSB  
Barssel 1651-1900 OFB CD-ROM

Barstede

 1684-1907

OSB

 

Bedekaspel

 1726-1900

OSB

 

Beningafehn   OFB Includes Bruckefehn
Berne 1641-1900 OFB CD-ROM

Bingum

 1760-1900

OSB

 

Blexen  1573-1900 OFB CD-ROM
Böhmerwold 1695-1910 OSB  
Borkum 1713-1900 OFB  
Borssum 1676-1900 OFB  
Breinermoor 1700-1900 OSB  
Bruckefehn   OFB Includes Beningafehn
Burhafe 1650-1695 OFB Also Online, book only contains surnames
Buttforde (2 volumes) 1646-1920 OSB  
Campen 1731-1920 OFB  
Canhusen 1740-1900 OSB  

Canum

 1729-1900

OSB

 

Carolinensiel (2 Volumes) 1777-1900 OFB  
Collinghorst 1701-1900 OSB  
Critzum 1724-1900 OSB  

Detern

 1644-1900

OSB

 

Ditzumerverlaat

 1853-1900

OSB

 

Dornum 1706-1900 OSB  

Driever

 1767-1900

OSB

 Includes Esklum

Dunum (2 volumes) 1670-1900 OFB Also Online

Dykhausen-Neustadtgödens

 1611-1900

OSB

 

Eggelingen

 1651-1920

OSB

 

Eilsum 1718-1900 OSB  

Emden (French Reformed)

 1661-1897

OSB

 

Engerhafe

 1666-1900

OSB

 

Esens (2 volumes) 1554-1811 OSB Wine Purchase Logs

Esklum

 1682-1900

OSB

 Includes Driever

Fedderwarden 1665-1910 OFB CD-ROM
Filsum 1716-1900 OSB  
Firrel (in Remels)   OFB  
Forlitz-Blaukirchen 1678-1910 OSB  

Freepsum

 1719-1900

OSB

 

Funnix (3 volumes) 1674-1900 OSB  
Gandersum 1723-1910 OFB Also Online
Grabstelen-Grabplatten   OFB CD-ROM
Greetsiel 1694-1900 OSB  
Grimmersum 1701-1900 OFB  
Grossefehn 1701-1900 OFB  
Grossenkneten 1678-1933 OFB CD-ROM

Gross Midlum

 1701-1900

OSB

 

Grosswolde

 1728-1900

OSB

 

Grotegaste

 1725-1900

OSB

 Includes Mitling-Mark

Hage 1706-1900 OFB  
Halte 1670-1875 OFB Part of Vellage
Hamswehrum 1731-1915 OFB  
Haztzum 1702-1900 OSB  
Hesel 1643-1900 OSB  
Hollen (in Remels)   OFB  

Holtgaste

 1695-1900

OSB

 

Holtland

 1629-1900

OSB

 

Holtrop 1634-1900 OSB  
Horsten 1682-1900 OSB  
Ihrhove 1723-1900 OSB  
Insel Spiekeroog 1669-1958 OSB  
Jade 1621-1905 OFB CD-ROM
Jarssum 1786-1900 OSB  
Jemgum (2 volumes) 1674-1900 OSB  
Jennelt 1715-1932 OSB  
Kirchborgum 1724-1900 OSB  

Landschaftspolder

 1766-1900

OSB

 

Larrelt 1671-1900 OSB  
Leer (12 Volumes) - Ref
                             - Luth
                             - Cath
Leer Index - Families Ref
1601-1900
1674-1900
1679-1900
1796-1873
OSB
OSB
OSB
OSB
 
Leerhafe 1672-1900 OSB  
Leerort 1600-1900 OSB  
Loga 1728-1900 OSB  
Logabirum 1719-1900 OSB  
Logumer Vorwerk 1730-1900 OSB Includes Nesserland

Loppersum

 1720-1900

OSB

 

Loquard 1632-1910 OFB  
Marienchor 1755-1910 OSB  
Marienhafe (3 volumes) 1680-1900 OSB  
Marienwehr 1728-1900 OSB  
Marx 1722-1950 OFB Also Online, lists owners of each residence

Middels

 1684-1950

OSB

 

Midlum (Klein) 1704-1900 OSB  

Mitling-Mark

 1637-1900

OSB

Includes Grotegaste

Moordorf 1892-1900 OSB Includes Victorbur
Neermoor 1665-1900 OFB  
Nendorp 1698-1911 OSB  
Nesserland 1719-1872 OSB  
Neuburg 1648-1900 OSB  

Neustadtgödens

 1695-1900

OSB

 

Norderney 1688-1900 OSB  
Nortmoor 1671-1900 OSB  

Nüttermoor (2 volumes)

 1663-1900

OSB

 

Ochtelbur 1706-1900 OSB  
Ockenhausen (in Remels) 1898- OFB  
Oldendorp 1712-1911 OSB  
Oldersum (2 volumes) 1652-1900 OSB  
Osteel 1712-1964 OSB Online only
Petkum 1681-1900 OSB Also Online
Pewsum 1729-1907 OFB  
Pogum 1717-1874 OFB  

Potshausen

 1685-1900

OSB

 

Rastede  1629-1899 OFB CD-ROM

Reepsholt (3 volumes)

 1633-1900

OSB

 

Remels (17 volumes) 1678-1900 OFB  
Resterhafe 1666-1910 OSB  
Riepe 1712-1909 OFB Also Online
Rorichum 1695-1900 OFB  
Rysum 1712-1900 OSB  
Siegelsum 1700-1907 OSB  
Simmonswolde 1654-1900 OFB Also Online
Spetzerfehn 1767-1910 OFB  
Spiekeroog 1669-1958 OSB  
Stedesdorf 1629-1852 OFB Also Online, book only contains surnames
Steenfelde 1719-1900 OSB  

Strackholt

 1706-1900

OSB

 

Stapelmoor 1709-1900 OFB  
Suurhusen 1705-1900 OSB
Tergast 1661-1900 OSB  
Thunum 1670-1910 OFB  
Timmel 1699-1900 OSB  

Twixlum

 1706-1900

OSB

 

Uphusen

 1727-1900

OSB

 

Uplengen (in Remels)   OFB  
Upleward  1715-1915 OFB  
Uttum (2 volumes) 1667-1900 OFB  
Varel 1676-1900 OFB CD-ROM
Veenhusen 1669-1900 OFB  
Vellage 1670-1875 OFB Part of Halte
Victorbur (2 volumes) 1620-1900 OSB Includes Moordorf
Visquard 1726-1900 OFB  

Völlen

 1677-1900

OSB

 

Waddens 1720-1900 OFB CD-ROM
Weene (3 volumes) 1671-1911 OSB  
Weener (4 volumes) 1674-1900 OFB  
Werdum (2 volumes) 1662-1900 OSB  
Westeraccum 1668-1900 OSB  

Westerbur

 1556-1900

OSB

 

Westerende 1663-1910 OSB  
Westerhusen 1706-1910 OSB  
Wiefelstede   OFB CD-ROM
Wiegboldsbur 1700-1910 OSB  
Wiesens  1652-1908 OFB  

Wirdum

 1652-1900

OSB

 

Wittmund 1540-1800 OSB City
Wolthusen 1646-1900 OSB  

Woltzeten

 1780-1900

OSB

 

Woquard 1724-1900 OSB  

Wybelsum

 1724-1900

OSB

 

Wymeer 1713-1900 OFB  
Zetel 1706-1899 OFB CD-ROM

Other Ostfriesland Resources in our Collection

East Friesens in America Newsletters - Ostfriesian Heritage Society of East Central Illinois (OHSECI) - Rantoul, IL
First Settlers of Moordorf (1767-1817) North Germany to North America
Kopf Schatzung 1719 (census) Ostfriesisches Geschlechterbüch (Band 212)
Newsletters - Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America (OGSA) - St. Paul, MN Where did they stay? Boyken's Books
(6 Volumes)
Newsletters - Ostfriesen Genealogical Society (OGS) - George, IA Where did they stay? Index
Newsletters - Ostfriesen Heritage Society (OHS) - Grundy County, IA  

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