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Mads Gehrcke (17)
Bodil Gehrcke (46)

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Anna Gehrcke (62)
Flemming Gehrcke (56)
Irina Handberg (64)
Maria Andenmatten (45)

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Sofie Bisholm (23)
Casper Lindgreen (36)
Sean Gierke (19)

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Mia Gehrcke (16)


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Edel Gehrcke
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Nancy Christensen
Leo Christensen
Lillian Christensen
Alan Christensen
Marvin Christensen
James Christensen
June Christensen
Margaret Thorsness


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Dennis Hare


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In mid 1800 a German named Heinrich Gehrcke came to Denmark.

He was a railroad worker from Belsch, Mecklenburg, Germany who was "imported" to build the Danish railroads. In Denmark he had a son Johan Henrik Peter Gehrcke and here, our genealogical tree starts.

In November of 1910 Johan's oldest Son, Alfred Emilius Jørgen Gehrcke emmigrated to America. At Ellis Island his last name was registered as Gierke.

On the ship Hellig Olav, Alfred met Marthea Danielsen, they were married in March of 1912. Alfred and Marthea had 8 children (6 sons who lived to adulthood and two daughters who died very young), 22 grandchildren, and currently there is known to be 11 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Gehrcke, Gierke, Gjerke ...

Johan Henrik Peter Gehrcke was born Gehrcke, but on Hansine's legitimation card from 1941 her name is Gjerke. It seems that the whole family changed to Gjerke and later back again to Gehrcke.

At that time German names could not have been very popular in Denmark. Johan's children called him Hans; a more Danish name, so it is fair to assume the changed family name was because of this.

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Gehrcke, Gierke, Christensen, Pedersen, Lindgreen, Hansen, Nielsen, Lundberg, Jensen, Petersen, Sommer, Kofoed, Sørensen, Tower

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Gelsted Parish, Sjørslev Parish, Olsker Parish, Gävle, Hostrup Parish, Rønne Parish, North Dakota, Østermarie Parish, Hjerting Parish, Klemensker Parish

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Erwin Christensen with the children Vern, Joyce, Norma and GaryAage Gehrcke visiting Alfred in America.
He had decided to settle there, working with his brother, but due to the crisis re went back home to Denmark again.Anna Gehrcke på Svanholm Gods - Bager rugbrødEdith Gehrcke with children and grandchildrenHans Aage Gehrcke, Gudrun Balle, Mike og Bolero