Lieber Hans:Ja, ich verstehe Deutsch, obwohl ich Amerikanerin bin. Aber ich schreibe jetz auf English, damit alle mich verstehen koennen.I am most interested in all your Ahlschwedes (it really doesn't make any difference how you spell it; I'm sure it was spelled more correctly, i. e., in the uniform way, in Germany than in the US). I am a descendant of Friedericke Ahlschwede, who, with her parents and siblings, came from Hagen, in Niedersachsen.Some sources say Hagen, Hannover. Another source saysOttenstein, Niedersachsen, Hannover.How are "we" connected with the Karl Ludwig you wrote about? I REALLY want to know. Are you familiar with the Diary of an Ahlschwede begun in 1808? I am also communicating with an Ahlschwede who is from Germany but lives in Wien.Where is Kierde, where you are from?