Ralph J. Whitehead, on 09 February 2012 - 01:38 AM, said:
Daniel, The earlier lists do have the dates when the men became casualties for the most part. This was phased out and then only the unit identity was used. Then even this was omitted and names will appear in alphabetical order at the end of 1916 to the end of the lists in 1919.
In regard to the birthplaces, if there are two listed it indicates the twon of birth as the first one and the regional district town or city as the second one. This is handy as there are other parts of Germany with towns of the same name and showing both names is a help. A good way to look at this would be to take Stuttgart and man born in a smaller satellite town or village. If he was born in Stuttgart then just this name should appear. My relatives were from Marbach am Neckar, a regional area center so smaller satellite villages would contain their names and then Marbach. If you are looking for Fulda alone then look for listings with just this name or ones where Fulda is the birthplace and the next largest regional center is the next name. I hope this rather poor explanation helps.
Ah, what you are saying is now making sense. I found a map of Kries Fulda and looked at some of the men who had a town then Kries Fulda added and sure enough, those towns showed up on the Kreis Fulda map.
A good example of someone I would say should be included based on the Verlustliste data is someone like this fellow:
Balzer Josef Blankenau/Fulda 1966 153 - Wehrmann - vermisst
Since he did not show up when I did the search just by place name I am suspecting these folks are being indexed only by the first rather than by both place names, which for my purposes is problematic, but at this point I will take whatever I can get.
Ken, your suggestion to register is outstanding...thanks for that!