I have been researching my family history for a few years now. It's an ongoing project that means my family tree gets bigger and bigger. I have just found that in the late 1800s some of my ancestors moved from the NE of England to Gelsenkirchen in Germany and settled there.
How would I go about finding out the family history of these people. I'm sure there must have been a connection with the military at some point. Are records still held? Can I find an individuals details? Luckily it's a very rare name in Germany (Stoves of which there are only 14 in the phone book for the whole of Germany) which may help.