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Comment by Mark Stephen Elliott on December 28, 2021 at 3:33

Am matching Y-DNA this group of people which I feel the names Koons, Koontz, Kuntz, Cuntze and so on ar derived from Kuntze which show concentration in Lower Saxon. These would be names developed before written language, and before surname adoption. It is felt that my Y-DNA is of a Saxon nature.

Comment by Mark Stephen Elliott on December 28, 2021 at 3:30

Comment by William Douglas on December 27, 2021 at 23:45

There is Saxony and there is 'Old Saxony', the area inhabited by Saxons. Old Saxony corresponds roughly to the modern German states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and the Westphalian part of North Rhine-Westphalia.

'Modern' Saxony has been a medieval duchy, an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire, a kingdom, and twice a republic. The first Free State of Saxony was established in 1918 as a constituent state of the Weimar Republic. After World War II, it became part of the German Democratic Republic and was abolished by the communist government in 1952. Following German reunification, the Free State of Saxony was reconstituted with enlarged borders in 1990 and became one of the five new states of the Federal Republic of Germany.

As the centuries have passed, so too have the boundaries, and the occupants have come and gone as history dictated.

Recording Douglases through time in this part of the world is not easy as one has to decide where the places lay then and now.  I have not made any attempt to standardise this, just taking the places as recirded by the sources available.

The Douglas Archives location map does not record any significant places in saxony, but there may be well be places listed in the genealogy database.
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The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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