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This database contains a list of families which have been researched by us, and for which open questions remain. Any comments or additional information on these or related families is greatly welcome and may, for you, also result in meeting other researchers on your family.

FAMILY NAME Place, year, information and questions
ANDRES A- ... Austria or D- ... Germany, 1867
The baker Wilhelm Andres with his family - wife Barbara née Bonn, children Eva, Anna E., Heinrich, and Joseph, arrived in New York on 23 January 1867 with ship "Germania", coming from Hamburg. Family tradition gives their place of origin as Mariastein, which was said to be in Austria, but near to the German border.
Indeed there is a place Mariastein near Kufstein for which the description would fit; but there is no trace of a family Andres in this place or near it. - Where did they come from?
BUCH D- ... Germany, 1767
Michael Buch arrived as an emigrant in Philadelphia with the ship "Minerva" on 29 Oct 1767 and settled in Lancaster Co., PA. He signed the ship list himself and definitely wrote Buch. Family tradition places his origin in Württemberg or the Rhineland. According to the data on his gravestone, he may have been born on 17 Jul 1740.
One Michael Buck (this spelling), born in Mühlacker on 17 Jul 1740, emigrated with his family in 1750 when he was 10 years old. Might it be that he went back to Germany later and then came back to America in 1767, in spite of the spelling difference?
Or is Michael Buch from some other place, perhaps in the Palatinate which has appearances of the family name Buch in the area around Kandel and also in the Western Palatinate?
DEUBELBEISS CH- ... Switzerland or D-... Germany, 1731
With ship "Britannia", arriving in Philadelphia on 21 Sep 1731, came several persons, probably siblings, with the family name "Debelbesin": Hans Michel, age 22; Hans, age 18; Hans Georg, age 16; Magdalena, age 18; Caspar, age 10. The spelling used by later generations in America is DeVilbiss. We suspect that the original spelling of the family name was Deubelbeiss, a name occuring in certain Swiss regions, especially in the Aargau. Family tradition speaks of the Palatinate as place of origin, some - unconfirmed - pieces of info even mention a place called Laz and the name of the siblings' father as being Hans.
There is no place named Laz in the Palatinate; it rather sounds like a Swiss name. The Palatinate, however, may well be a transitional area of dwelling in the migration from Switzerland to America. Though many Deubelbeiss persons could be identified in Switzerland, and some - with deviating spellings like Dieffenbiss and Treibelbiss - even in the Palatinate, this certain family could nowhere be found. Where did they come from?
EBERHART D-67378 Zeiskam and D-76865 Rohrbach, 1754
Andreas Eberhart arrived as an emigrant in Philadelphia with the ship "Bannister" on 21 Oct 1754. There is no other person with this name in the Philadelphia ship lists. One Andreas Eberhart appears in Frederick Co., MD, from 1755 onwards. Another one, definitely not identical with the one in Maryland, appears in Lancaster Co., PA, from 1760 onwards. In Germany, there are two persons with this name who emigrated to America: one from Zeiskam, born 1733, and emigrated before 1772; one from Rohrbach, born 1721, who got an emigration permit in 1752 and left Germany before 1756. - Which of the American Eberharts is from Zeiskam, and which is from Rohrbach, and who is the one in the ship list? Is there any evidence when and how the other one emigrated?
FLOHRI D-69488 Birkenau, bef. 1655
Hans Flohri, his son Peter and perhaps a son Marcus appeared in Birkenau between 1650 and 1655. It is suspected that they came from Switzerland, but the exact place of origin is unknown. In Birkenau, they were Lutherans; potential near relatives in nearby Hohensachsen were Reformed. - Where did they come from?
FLOHRI D-69488 Birkenau, 1744
Christian Florig arrived as an emigrant in Philadelphia in 1744. Research about other Flohri persons from Birkenau revealed that this Christian might be from this place, too. There is a Johann Christian Flohri, born in 1721, who disappears from the church records after 1733. - Are there any evidences about this emigrant on the American side?
FLOHRI D-69488 Birkenau, 1754
Three emigrants Adolph, Hans and Georg Flohri arrived in Philadelphia in 1754. Family lore of the American descendants suggested that they were brothers. Adolph and Hans have, with sufficient probability, been identified with half brothers from Birkenau. For Georg, there are two candidates, both problematic. An uncle of Adolph and Hans, who was born in 1691 and disappeared from the church records shortly after 1708, would be a bit too old to emigrate in 1754. A brother of Hans, born in 1718, is a better candidate, but Birkenau records give evidence for him being in town until 1753 and from 1758 onwards, so that he would have had to return shortly after arrival in America. American sources don't seem to contain any evidence about him, apart from the ship list. - Who is the right Georg?
GLATTHORN D-86745 Hohenaltheim
Johann Michael Glatthorn, a shoemaker, and his wife Anna Margaretha appeared in Hohenaltheim between 1679 and 1681. He was born around 1651, his wife around 1649. Where did they come from?
HEHN D- ... Germany, 1851
Dorothea Hehn, who may also have had the family name Beuthin, arrived in New York on 1 Jul 1851, coming with the ship "Gutenberg" from Hamburg. The list gives her place of origin as Holstein. - Where did she come from?
KLEIN Baden or Hessen-Darmstadt, 1871
see entry under Ziegler.
SCHLEICHERT D-36037 Fulda, 1775
Johann Melchior Schleichert (also Schleicher) appeared as a new citizen of Fulda. There are several families Schleicher in town at the time, but Melchior's birth entry could not yet be found. - Where and when was he born?
SCHLEICHERT A-2340 Mödling, 1937
Johann Schleichert emigrated, probably illegally, from Austria to South America. - Where did he go?
SEIGER D- ... Germany, bef. 1887
Hermann Fred Seiger, born in Germany, married in Ashland, Kansas, in 1887. The original spelling for the family name may also have been Sieger. Where did he come from?
WEISS D-78166 Donaueschingen, aft. 1862
Karoline Weiß, probably a servant in the principal house of Fürstenberg, gave birth to an illegitimate daughter in 1862. After this, she disappears from the records. - Where did she go after 1862, and where did she die?
ZEHENTBAUER D-75050 Gemmingen, bef. 1702
Martin Zehentbauer was accepted as citizen of Gemmingen in 1702. Many of his family were millers. Shortly before this time, there is evidence for Zehentbauer persons in Fehlheim (D-64625 Bensheim), not very far from Gemmingen. Also, there are evidences for several Zehentbauers in an area in Bavaria near Regensburg. - Are there any connections between the Gemmingen Zehentbauers and those from Fehlheim and Bavaria? Where did Martin Zehentbauer come from?
ZEHENTBAUER D-75050 Gemmingen, 1744
Johann Michael Zehentbauer married a Maria Elisabetha, born about 1723. The marriage entry is partly destroyed, so that the bride's family name is unreadable. - Which family did she belong to?
ZIEGLER Baden or Hessen-Darmstadt, 1871
Peter Ziegler, assumedly born on 22 November 1848, and Marie Klein, assumedly born on 15 April 1848, both from Baden or Hessen-Darmstadt, arrived in New York with the steamer "Köln" on 18 August 1871. They lived in New York City and later moved to Trenton, NJ. On the German side, no definite evidence for their place of origin could yet be found. - Where did they come from?
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