According to Wikipedia: It takes a village is a proverb that leverages the cultural context and belief that it takes an entire community to raise a child: A child has the best ability to become a healthy adult if the entire community takes an active role in contributing to the rearing of the child.
I wrote before at this linked phrase about the importance of finding the hometown of our German immigrants. American genealogical sources must be thoroughly researched before attempting to delve into the German church records. It takes the name of a village to find the name of the church.
It also takes a village of genealogists and historians to figure out the name of the village of origin. Case in point is one of my current projects involving a Houston couple, Henry Brenner 1827-1911 and Fredericka Eggert 1828-1901. The historians at the Washington and Glenwood cemeteries in Houston have been integral residents of this village. The tangled web of family trees on Ancestry.com has also provided a number of persons that have this couple in their family trees. Fortunately, one of those trees had a document attached that was prepared by the cemetery historians. This report on the Brenner family was a jump start to the process of sorting out the tangled web.
|1901 Church Burial Record from German Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas
|1870 Census show Fredericka Eggert with her husband Henry Brenner, children Mina and William and other possible relatives in adjacent households.
|Google Map showing the current state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommen in area highlighted in pink
|Steinkirchen is a municipality near Hamburg in Niedersachsen Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Note the proximity to Bremen where Henry Brenner was born per 1870 census and Schwerin which is the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.