Re: Eilers family - Helgoland c. 1880
John:I looked in my 3-volume set but did not see the name Michaelis.Only Michels and Michelsen.I also checked a copy of two directories I have copies of, 1844 and 1886, but, found only the Michels and Michelsen.I saw Dörry, instead of your Dorty.There are plenty of Eilers, though you didn't give me anything on them to look for.I'll keep my eyes open for Michaelis.
In case you need it here is the address for the church office:Pfarramt, Nikolauskirche, Oberland, 27498 Helgoland, Germany.They might be able to find your Michaelis birth in 1829.I'm sure you can write in English if you keep it short and clear. The government records didn't start in Germany until ca. 1874.
I have not found any Helgoland records on the Internet yet.Have you?Hope this helps a bit.Let me know if you need any other help.
I'll keep a lookout for Michaelis.Judy Rieke