I will drift away from my normal story strategy today. Instead of telling the tale of one family, I am going to give brief attention to three people that are not related to each other in any family way. What they do have in common is a connection to Reformation Day, October 31st. Two of … More Reformation Roundup
When I first moved to Perry County about 10 years ago, I looked at the surname, Koeberl, and wondered how to pronounce it. I soon discovered that folks around here make it very simple. They pronounce this name the same as they pronounce “cable”. This is also one of those names that was once spelled … More Frank the Koeberl Guy
When I found today’s birthday girl and began researching her, I made this observation and asked this question. “Another Anna Marie. How many Anna Marie’s are there in our German Family Tree?” So, I did a search. When I placed the term “Anna Marie” in the search box, Microsoft Word came up with 302 results. … More Another Anna Marie
I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I have mis-typed the word “school” over the years and ended up with “scholl”. However, that is not what happened when I wrote the title to this post. It really is spelled Scholl, and it a rather well-known surname in these here parts. I hear … More Shawneetown Scholl
Gerard Fiehler likes to call me the “Mayor of Dresden” (there is no such position), and I like to call him the “Mayor of Altenburg” even though he isn’t. Today, I plan to tell the story of a man who I will call the “Mayor of Birmingham”. This Birmingham is not the one in England … More Mayor of Birmingham
Not long ago, the story was told with the title, Bock Beer. After seeing the surnames involved in today’s tale, I couldn’t resist using the term Bock Wein in today’s title. After all, wein is the German word for wine. So today, you will read about the marriage between a Bock and a Weinhold. It … More Bock Wein…………..hold.
If you look at the list of immigrants found toward the back of the book, Zion on the Mississippi, you will find these entries among the passengers whose surnames begin with the letter “L”. Before I go any further, let me tell you how I got involved looking at connections between two names in our … More Landgraf-Lindner Links
On June 19, 1866, Richard Petzoldt and Johanna Lindner were united in marriage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Rev. Theo. Koeberle performed the ceremony. Today would have been their 150th wedding anniversary. It appears to be only the second marriage performed by Rev. Koeberle after he replaced Rev. Schieferdecker in 1866. Richard arrived in … More 150th Wedding Anniversary