My G Grandmother Johanna (nee Hillers) Fritsch, born 1834,came to the U. S. in 1866, with her husband, Frank Fritsch and their eldest child, Augusta. Johanna told a census taker in Nebraska in 1880 that she was born in the province of Oldenburg. The only vague clue to her home town or birth place was the stamp of a photograghy studio located in Jever on an old photo. The photo was of an unknown man in a German military uniform. We assume that the man was a close relative and that this mention of Jever may indicate that the Hillers lived someplace near that city. Though your relatives were of a generation later than Johanna's, you state that your Hillers may have lived in or near the town of Fedderwarden, just a few miles from Jever. Can this be the same Hillers family? A long shot, I know, but worth investigating on my part. Do you know if the marriage records of Fedderwarden are available and if so, do they go back as far as 1864/5, when, we believe, my G grandparents, Fritsch, married. The Fritsches homesteaded in western Nebraska in 1872 and Johanna's (nee Hillers) brother, Jacob,took a homestead near them in 1884. These Hillers were Protestant, probably Lutheran.