I’m looking at records and it lists birthplace as Haelfsa Cassel (it is in fancy cursive writing so it is difficult to read). Could also be Haefsa or Kaefsa/Kaelfsa. Does anyone know what this is or means?

Thank you!

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    What is the birthdate? Commented May 27, 2021 at 3:20
  • A picture would help, and adding the tag handwriting afterwards would prevent the issue to be closed.
    – guidot
    Commented May 27, 2021 at 7:38

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If the time frame is between 1567 and 1803, the most likely explanation is landgraviate Wikipedia: Hesse-Cassel, the precursor of federal state called Hesse today. In older print fonts s and f are barely distinguishable, and in script fonts H may be misread as two characters.

(I admit, that a whole state is not a very precise specification of a birthplace, but may be the village was too small to be known.)

  • Answer is absolutely fine, but: Depending on the time frame, doesn't necessarily need to mean the state of Hessen-Cassel: It could also simply mean "Kassel in Hessen" - Kassel (adopted the "K" in favour of the former "C" in 1926) is a town (city today) in Hessen.
    – tofro
    Commented May 27, 2021 at 8:04

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