In 1980, my husband (fluent in German) and I (from Washington State, USA) visited Rahden, Germany. We were staying nearby looking for my THIE ancestors that left Hannover in 1856 (Johann Diederich THIE, Borg, Menslage Church - I did not learn that this is where my great grandfather came from until about 1997) who came to Cincinnati and settled in Batesville, Indiana. We called all the local people with the name of THIE and Hermann Thie of Rahden thought he must be related so invited us to his home for tea, then for dinner and then to stay overnight. Hermann also had Thie relatives that left from Bremen to Cincinnati. He picked us up at the Luebbecke Youth Hostel where we were staying. Here is what I wrote in my journal in January of 1980: "Met Hermann and Erna Thie. Erna met me with a hug. Before long discovered their THIE relative to have been Wilhelm that went to Cincinnati about 1890 or so maybe - had three children: William born about 1907, Carl born later and a daughter born much earlier. Wilhelm was a baker and had a cart with a horse that he drove through the streets. He carried his money with him and was murdered and his money stolen. Grisly story. It was uncanny that my grandfather also going by William THIE (John William) lived only 80 miles to the Northwest, in Batesville, Indiana and was raising a family of about the same saize at the same time but on a farm . Had mittagessen (lunch) - went to the Rahden church office to verify dates. There was no Johann Diederich THIE born in 1835 or other of my great grandparents. Hermann learned more about his family. They have lived in this area for a long time. It is disappointing (that we are not related - though Erna and I joked that we were cousins anyway), but passed an interesting evening in conversation. Hermann called Alfred and M. Thie, and said Heinz, Dieter and Manfred (others in the local phone book) would not be our relatives. They also called their son, Wolfgang in Koeln and we got to talk with him. Hermann is short with a round face and had dark hair earlier - now white. Wolfgang and Jurgen, their sons, are dark complected and could be my cousin. Hermann's sister, Moni, has a chin like mine and looks a lot like my cousin, David. Hermann, when he was younger, could have been a brother to my cousin (by the way he looks). Very uncanny. Hermann thinks that his family is the only THIE that has lived in the Rahden area for a long time. For breakfast we had very interesting sausages - one made from rye with blood and other things. It tasted similarly to hash and was very good. They gave us pictures of their son's wedding (Wolfgang in Koeln and other son, Juergen, in Espelkamp) and a towel and hand crafted doile and insisted upon taking us to the Bohmte train station where we caught a train to Osnabrueck."