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Name Question

Started by Michelle Gimelberg. Last reply by Michelle Gimelberg Aug 15, 2014. 2 Replies

Hi Everyone,I'm wondering if anyone might now the answer to this question.  Here is the background.I'm researching the surname Guenther.  I've discovered that my 4x great grandfather's name is Peter…Continue


Started by KP Kris Aug 11, 2014. 0 Replies

I'm looking for Guenthers and Ganders who migrated from Germany to the US in the late 1800's, early 1900's. Not sure where they actually arrived, but they quickly made their home in Massachusetts. …Continue

Tags: gunther, massachusetts, gunter, guenther, ginter

Senff, Seneff, Seniff, Senoff, Senf, Senft, Sniff

Started by Rita Kern. Last reply by Michael Boscarato Jul 9, 2010. 2 Replies

My family supposedly came from the Dresden, Sachsen, or Saxony area of Germany/Prussia.  My 5th Grandfather, Casper Senff was supposedly born about 1746 and came to the USA in 1773, where he settled…Continue

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Comment by Billy Frazer on November 9, 2016 at 4:05pm

My maternal great-grandfather John Henfling (I've seen it also spelled Haufling, Hemphling, Hempfling, also with a first name Johan) born possibly October 1852 in Bade (spelled that way in USA 1880 Federal Census), which I assume is Baden, Germany. Came to New York City, NY, USA in early 1870s from Germany. Married about 1876 in New York City to Bertha Lutz, who was born in Switzerland. John died March 1905 in New York City.

I'm seeking any info on his life & relatives in Germany. I speak & read only English, not German or Swiss.

Comment by Randall Stackhouse on October 26, 2016 at 1:07pm

Other Surnames  names connected to Birkicht/Zipperle surnames are Voglin, Bechold, Schwentzerin,/Schwentzer, Obermaennin.

I have Edward Almon (1842/1919) from Studholm Parish, Kings Co. New Brunswick, Canada,  on  04 Sep 1873 at St Lukes Anglican Church, Saint John New Brunswick, Canada., married  Rosina Chirstina Birkicht, (1848,-1949) from Germany. Her father was Jacob Christoff Birkicht.

Comment by Randall Stackhouse on October 26, 2016 at 12:47pm

"I am working today on Birkicht & Zipperle, and Birkicht & Linke surnames in Germany."

Comment by Michelle Gimelberg on July 22, 2014 at 6:48pm

Another question for you wonderful people...I'm attempting to search my great-grandfather's military service.  I know that he was in the Nazi Army during World War II.  Then at some point he was captured (not sure where) and sent to a POW camp in Yugoslavia.  I know nothing about searching military records in foreign countries.  I've been focused on the Civil War here in the United States.

My question is, is it possible to scan records/search records here in the United States without making a trip to Germany?  The war is a very emotional topic for my grandmother and she was only 10 when the war ended so she doesn't know very much of my great-grandfather's service.  Any help or direction would be very much appreciated.


Comment by Diana Beckner Belles on August 10, 2013 at 8:25am

I am researching Shanabarger which I think is a derivative of Schoenberger.  Earliest name I have is Samuel b. c1800 who married Sophia Brant. They were in Fayette county in 1824. His father may be Wilhelm Schoenberger b c1780 who married Matilda Brannon.  He may have been an immigrant.

Other German surnames:  Buchener/Beckner, Stalnaker, Stemple, Hoffman, Pifer/Pfeiffer.

All ancestors settled in VA - now WV. 

Comment by Kathie Russell Volante on December 28, 2011 at 9:20am

I am seeking info on my great grandfather named Eugene Bertz born Baden Wurttemburg Germany.   He was married to a Deborah or Mariah Stowe in NY and had one daughter named Minnie in 1872.  The only record I have found of anyone of this name on ancestry married a Jessie Dixon in Kansas where he died. I do not know if Minnies mother died, or divorced, I cannot find Minnie on any census prior to her marriage in 1888 so this is a brick wall for me.

Comment by John Cole on December 20, 2011 at 3:34pm

According to my g-aunt her grandfather came from Karlsruhe Germany. His name on the marriage registration record (married a Swiss gal in Canada during 1876) is Francisi Charles Coy (could be anglosized version - went by Charles Coy on onther Canadian records). His parents as shown on this record are Catherine and Mathew Coy. He is shown as being born in Germany in 1854. According to a Canadian census, he migrated to Canada in 1871 or 73,  making him about 20 years old when he moved to Canada. I am attempting to find his passenger list and birth record. I am also looking for his siblings (assuming there some) as well.  I would also like to find the family history from Karlsruhe on back in earlier history... grandparents, etc. if possible?

Any information will be greatly appreciated - please send to, thank you.

John D. Cole

Comment by Dawn Ranae (Perry) Best on July 8, 2010 at 2:50pm
My family names are Dannhoff, Schrumpf, Jahnke, Heckmann, Brauer
Comment by Allyssa on April 19, 2010 at 5:28pm
though i recently met a new Becker cousin and was given more info that i need to investigate, include ancestors.

I'm also researching my best friends family. All german, but from Bohemia and Russia, migrating to Nebraska.

Peter Reinhardt and Mary Virtz b 1850s in Russia
John Reinhardt and Charlotte Sinner b c 1890 Russia, migrated to Nebraska (she was dau of Jacob Sinner and mary kauser)
Edward Reinhardt and Esther Schneider (my friends paternal grandparents)


Wenzel Plaschka and Katherine [unk] b mid 1800s in Bohemia. migrated to Kansas
Edward Plaschka and Ilo Fredericks (see below)
Anna Plaschka and William Robinson (friends maternal grandparents)

Now Ilo Frederick appears to be German as well. I still have alot to do on her line though, which was in the US longer than all others. and moved around alot

Philip Frederick(s) b early 1800s in Germany. Spouse unknown, migrated to NY and finally Kansas. poss more in between
Philip Jacob Frederick(s) and Francis Dickerson (illinois and ks)
John Scott Fredericks and Lucy Elizabeth Ford
Ilo Fredericks
Comment by Allyssa on April 19, 2010 at 5:14pm
Mine is a fair ways back. My Johan Heinrich Becker moved from Hessia to Nova Scotia in the mid 1700s or so. The named morphed to Baker by the early 1800s.

Christoph Becker and Barbara Shick
Johann and Anna Dorothea (unk)
Johannes and Anna Catherine Barbara Loy (she from Hessia as well)
John and Catherine Seiler
John George Baker and Catherine Elizabeth Veinot
William Baker and Elizabeth Rudolph
Caroline Mae Baker and Seth McKinley
Christina Mae McKinley and Ernest Edwards (moved to Boston)
Francis Edwards and Dorothy Bertrand
Cynthia Edwards and Richard Batchelder
Allyssa Edwards

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