On Sunday I watched the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. German won which made me very happy. While watching the match I remembered that my great-uncle Hermann Froitzheim played football (soccer) with 1 FC Köln back in the 1950s. I wondered if maybe there was an old roster or something with his name on it so I did a Google search. What I found was unexpected. I actually got a Find A Grave hit. Normally I wouldn’t think this odd but Hermann is buried in Germany and there are precious few cemeteries outside of the United States up on Find A Grave. I never even thought to search for Hermann (or any of my other relatives for that matter) on Find A Grave. Genealogy isn’t as big in Germany as it is here so you don’t have a slew of people running out to take grave photos. Also, grave space is only rented in Germany. After a period of time (20 years or so) the family must pay a fee to keep the space or the plot is reused. Because of this it is very important that graves in Germany get recorded on Find A Grave or in some other way such as in a cemetery survey book. I hope genealogy becomes more popular in Germany so that these graves get recorded before they are lost.
I never did find any old rosters from 1 FC Köln so I have emailed the team asking them if they have any old records of past team members.
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