Darmstadt #ThursdayDoors

#1 Daughter, the amazing Sara Marian, has done some skip-tracing I mean genealogy and found the town in Germany my maternal grandfather’s great-grandfather came from.

It may explain a lot about me that, when I looked the joint up on Ecosia Search, I found this:

Frankenstein Castle (German: Burg Frankenstein) is a hilltop castle in the Odenwald overlooking the city ofย Darmstadtย inย Germany.It is thought that this castle may have been an inspiration for Mary Shelley when she wrote her 1818 Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.


There’s also a Darmstadt, Indiana, so I see a field trip in my — possibly distant — future.

I don’t know where #4 Daughter got these pictures, but I think she got them from Wikimedia. If I find out, I’ll add attribution. If I get a take-down order, I’ll let you know. I don’t want to be stealing other people’s photographs.

Thursday doors is the brainchild of Norm Frampton, photographer extraordinaire. Visit his site, enjoy his wonderful photographs, follow his directions, and enter a world of doors.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Where did your great-grandfather’s great-grandfather come from? If your’s a writer, where did your main character’s great-grandfather’s great-grandfather come from?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Darmstadt #ThursdayDoors

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene

    June 4, 2020 at 9:53am

    Oh, that was fun, Marian. Loved the photos.
    I can answer the “Where” question, but I’m not sure how many “Greats.” In 1692 whoever-many-great grandpa came to the USA from Scotland. Apparently right away, he headed down to a particular southern state, and none of his descendants had the gumption to leave it. Well, except for for a few, including me. Hugs on the wing.

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      Marian Allen

      June 4, 2020 at 2:48pm

      I’ll have more from Darmstadt via Sara. It’s a crazy-go-nuts architectural hodge-podge! Love it!

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  2. Norm 2.0

    June 4, 2020 at 1:01pm

    My great-grandfather’s great-grandfather?! Ooh that’s quite a ways back. I’ve honestly never had the inclination to dig that far back into the family history. It’s super cool what you found though and I can imagine it’s kinda fun to get lost down a rabbit hole that has such a personal connection ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      June 4, 2020 at 2:49pm

      Sara found a store one of the ancestors owned in Louisville — I passed it daily when I was young and never knew it had once been in the family!

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  3. sustainabilitea

    June 4, 2020 at 1:24pm

    My family on both sides is from Germany I’m happy you could find out some interesting things about yours and hurrah for daughters. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  4. slfinnell

    June 4, 2020 at 1:52pm

    German heritage in my fam on both sides. But not as much as Scot/Irish. Or that’s how they break it down anyway. lol Happy to learn about it though. I think it’s fascinating to see places we hail from. Good job on your daughter’s effort!

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      Marian Allen

      June 4, 2020 at 2:50pm

      Some time we plan to get a DNA thing done, to see where-all our badness comes from. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Ally Bean

    June 4, 2020 at 2:28pm

    Fun to find out details about your ancestors. I look forward to your photos of doors [?] in Darmstadt, Indiana.

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