Seed trade museum in Goenningen

There is a museum in Goenningen showing equipment and documents about the trading activities. It’s called Samenhandelsmuseum and is located at: Stöfflerplatz 2 72770 Reutlingen – Goenningen Phone: +49 7121

Philipp Frederik Hoss & Elizabeth Klink

This is a picture of Philipp Frederik Hoss and his wife Elizabeth Klink. Philipp is a grandson of the first Hoss emigrant Johann Adam Hoss and his wife Christina Grauer. His

Johann Adam Hoss & Emma Catherine Schnarrenberger

This picture shows Johann Adam Hoss and his wife Emma Catherine Schnarrenberger. Johann Adam is a  grandson of the first Hoss emigrant Johann Adam Hoss and his wife Christina Grauer and

Johann Georg Walker buried on Lust Cemetery

This is the tombstone of Johann Georg Walker who emigrated in 1834 from Wankheim and was the first of several Walker emigrants. Three of his nephews followed him. All of

Wanderbuch of Johann Georg Walker

Cover of the Wanderbuch From relatives  I have found in Crawford Co. I got a copy of a “Wanderpass”, it’s like an early passport. The cover of the “Wanderbuch” of

The Kemmler hill in Saxony

The pictures shows the Bismarck tower on top of the Kemmler hill in the city of Plauen, Saxony in the Eastern part of Germany. From the tower you have a  360°

The Kemmler Piano

This piano was very likely manufactured in London by the piano company of Carl Kemmler, an emigrant from  Pfullingen. His brother Robert Eugen emigrated first to London as well, but

Tombstone of Fred Bauer

Friedrich “Fred” Bauer, the youngest of the Bauer brother’s left Immenhausen and followed his brothers Jacob und Johann Ulrich together with his sisters Johanna Friederike and Maria Agnes in 1882

Tombstone of Johann Ulrich Bauer

Johann Ulrich Bauer, called John emigrated in 1869 from Immenhausen to the U.S. together with his brother Jacob. He married Friederike Mechler in Aug 28, 1873. John was running a

Where did I find the highest density of Kemmler’s?

Naturally it is mathematical hard to say, but after my actual status in my database I can clearly say, Wankheim is no. 1 followed by Goenningen and Ohmenhausen.

Johann Adam Hoss buried on Lust Cemetery

Johann Adam Hoss,  *15.02.1793 +26.8.1853 Johann Adam Hoss emigrated in 1834 from the village of Maehringen in the former Kingdom of Wuerttemberg with his wife Christina Grauer and his kids

Tombstone of Katherina Walker on Lust cemetery

Katherine Walker was the daughter of the emigrants of Johann Georg Walker and Elisabeth Barbara Durr.

From the Haerten to America and return

Dorian R. Woods, Tuebingen On May 23rd, 2003  Dorian R. Woods gave a presentation about her ancestor, Jakob Kuttler.  He and his parents Sigmund Kuttler and Anna Maria Dieter together with

My first meeting with U.S. cousins

Thanks to the internet I got quickly in contact with 2 American researcher, who had their roots on the Haerten.  Tim Grauer und Dolye Walz. It became quickly obvious that

Memories of George Shetler

A Brief Statement of My Transit History of Life I, George Shetler, a citizen of German township, Fulton County, State of Ohio, U.S. of America, was born in Europe, Empire

Story of Maria Barbara Gutbrod, born March 23, 1870 in Kusterdingen

From Betty Dunn This is Maria Barbara Gutbrodt Learned’s story. It is a true story. I  am her granddaughter. I am telling her story from memories she told her daughter

Memories of Peter Grauer, Marcus, Iowa

From Peter Grauer My mother died in 1912. At her funeral the undertaker was Louie Nelson. He still used horses to draw the hearse. There were about 12 horses drawn

Story of Aunt Kate

as told by Frances (Gibson) McPherson I’ll tell you what little I know about my grandmother, Kate. She was born in Jettenburg, Germany on April 2, 1859. The one thing

Anna Katharina (Grauer) Schneider died with 101

Anna Katharina Grauer born on May 31, 1826 in Maehringen, Wurttemberg died end of October 1926 with 101 years in  Niagara Falls, NY. Anna Katharina emigrated with her parents Daniel

First visit to the Walker family in Hartfort City, IN

I had already an intense email contact with  Brenda (Walker) Kearns and with Gena (Trant) Schantz establishing the link with their closest relatives in Germany, Wilma (Walker) Hipp in Wannweil

Digel became Tickle

Joey Tickle explained to Dr. Soltau, Major of Kusterdingen, Ulrike Pfeil from the Schwaebische Tagblatt (local press) and Manfred Wandel , President of Historical Society, how the name Digel became

Jacob Burke and Katharina Hoss

This picture shows Jacob Burke and Katharina Hoss, d/o Johann Adam Hoss and Christina (Grauer) Hoss, born Nov 25, 1830 in Maehringen. Katherina married Jacob in the U.S. dates are

My grandfather’s barn

From Regena Trant Schantz – December 2002 Last summer I visited my great-grandfather’s barn for the first time. My father had often talked about his grandfather but I did not

Who is the young man on the picture?

Supporting my presentation for the Historical Society in Maehringen  in 2005 Betty Dunn discovered an old photo from a relative in Germany. The picture was taken in Tuebingen. Betty assumes

Emigration – Overall views

Top 10 Distribution according countries This graph shows the extremely high portion (81%) of emigrants who settled in the U.S. Top 10 distribution according countries – for the name Kemmler

Unknown travel companions

We need your support! Based on our current knowledge Julius Zeeb joined a group of people from Maehringen, a city close to his hometown in 1924 to travel to Brasil.

2003 – Visit to Hartford City, IN

In memory of my beloved father who would have become 82 years old yesterday. Visiting the Bauer’s in Montpelier, OH After the vacation in the Canadian Rocky’s we planned to

Robert Eugen Kemmler

During my research I found the emigrant  Robert Eugen Kemmler, born July  6, 1867 in Rudersberg, Germany.  His father was,  Gottlieb Kemmler, was a teacher and originally came from Reicheneck.

Desperate letter to the emigrated siblings

In 1832 Johann Georg Schettler emigrated from Wankheim as the first one of the Schettler family to Amerika and settled in  West Unity, Williams Co., OH. In 1846 all his

Succesful cooperation confirms Kemmler-branch in Switzerland

Thanks to the succesful cooperation with  Petra Kemmler there is the final confirmation that  Johann Jakob Kemmler, born on  Oct 27, 1842 in Zollikon, Switzerland, was the son of Johann

Visit to the Riehle relatives in Edgerton, OH

From  Renate Riehle After the visit of Steve Thunander in  2004  we three siblings , Christa (with family,  Hans-Joerg and I, visited the U.S.  in  2006. Our first stop was

Barnes and farm houses of the emigrants

After a longer break I can continue my postings on the website. Today I will invite you to a little journey through my photo archive showing the barns and houses

Sharing of Kuttler information

From James Kuttler I would be happy to share information about the Kuttler family in the U.S. My ancestors Christian Kuttler and Maria Elisabeth Bauer emigrated in 1855 from Immenhausen

In memoriam Betty Walker

Betty June Walker (92), the mother of my wonderful cousin, Brenda Walker Kearns passed away on May 31st, 2017 in her home in Hartford City. I have met Betty several

Melanie Jay – a Bader descendant in Jettenburg

After a few weeks planning between Melanie, Hans Kern from the Historical Society and myself we were able to arrange a nice schedule for Melanie and her family. On Wednesday

Emigration paths into the USA

Typical emigration ports The emigration from Wuerttemberg happened mostly via the following ports: Le Havre (France),  Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Bremen and Hamburg (Germany). The crossing of the Atlantic was

Daniel Grauer and Anna Maria Ruckwied – Maehringen to Niagara Falls

From Dick Kreitner, CT Background When my grandmother Anna Jeanette Grauer died in 1970, I was fortunate to receive a box of letters and documents from the attic of the

Steve Thunader visiting the hometown of his ancestors

Another successful family reunion between the descendants of emigrants and their hometown area worked out in 2004. Steve  contacted me in May 2004 shortly before his trip to Germany. He

A phenomenal documenation of emigration from Gomaringen

Beatrice Burst and Birgit Walliser-Nuber have opened a new chapter in the documentation of emigration from the former Kingdom of Wuerttemberg. In their recently released book “Das Glück in der

Linda Hoyouse visiting the homeland of her ancestors

That was my dream ever since My first contact with Linda was in July 2001 and over the time she has provided me with a no. of great information about

Visit of Brenda & John Kearns and Gena & Kerry Schantz in Wankheim and Wannweil

In 2004 the next generation came to visit Germany. After their parents Charles and Betty Walker in 2002, Brenda Kearns with her husband John and her cousin Gena Schantz with

Jackie Bergstrom visits Maehringen and Jettenburg

In August 2001 the first visit of a distant US relative took place.  Jackie Dubois and her husband, Daryl Bergstrom, came visiting us for a few days. Jackie’s ancestors were 

Charles, Betty and Lawrence Walker visiting Germany

After my first visit to the Walker family in  Hartford City, Indiana in April 2002 the grand-sons of the the emigrated Johann Friedrich Walker, Charles and Lawrence Walker decided to

Tombstone of Jacob Bauer

Jacob Bauer emigrated in 1869 together with his brother Johann Ulrich “John” from Immenhausen to the U.S. Jacob Bauer married Friederike Grosshans in the U.S. As far as I know

Researcher in Gomaringen

A good friend of mine is a vivid researcher and we have already exchanged a lot of information. If you have detailed question about Gomaringen, she is definitely a good

John Diefenbach visits his Bauer relatives in Germany

Beginning of June everything had to be organized on a short notice.   John Diefenbach, descendant of Johann Georg Bauer (*23.9.1810), who emigrated in 1832 from Wankheim to Illinois, wanted to

Helene & Karl Bader’s Historical Museum (Heimatmuseum)

An individual page was setup to illustrate this great place in Jettenburg.

Walter Bauer’s dress museum

The individual page for Walter Bauer’s dress museum went online.    

Grandsons of the emigrant Johann Georg Riehle will visit Maehrigen in September

For end of September we will get another visitor from the U.S. Wesley Riehle and his brother Richard Riehle, grand-sons of Johann Georg Riehle, born Feb 5, 1879 in Maehringen,

Visit of Wesley, Mary, Richard and Kay Riehle on the Haerten area

On Friday Sep 29, 2017 the grandchildren of the emigrant Johann Georg Riehle from Maehringen, Wesley and Richard Riehle arrived on the Haerten with their spouses Mary and Kay. The

Descendants of Ernst Friedrich Bader found via the website

A few weeks ago Emil Ferdinand Bader posted a comment via the web site. After a quick check against the database it became obvious that he is a distant cousin

Dr. Klaus Kemmler – Book about his seedsman family

During my research I had the luck to meet Dr. Klaus Kemmler, who has written a book about the history of his own Goenninger seedsman family. The book has the

Seed traders of Goenningen travelled whole Europe and the US?

Trading with seeds was also a long tradition in Kemmler families. They travelled whole Europe to sell their seeds. Some of the death recordings give a good overview about the

The name Kemmler became Kämmler (Kaemmler)

Sigmund Kemmler, born May 9, 1798 in Wankheim emigrated in 1817 via Reicheneck to Bessarabia. His parents had moved from Wankheim to Reicheneck. In Arzis in Bessarabia he married Anna

Where are my Kemmler’s from?

My research has started with my hometown Wankheim and the surrounding towns like Maehringen, Jettenburg, Immenhausen, Kusterdingen (the Haerten area), Stockach, Betzingen, Reicheneck, Pfullingen, Ohmenhausen, Bronnweiler, Goenningen, Undingen, Gomaringen, Hinterweiler,

The Kemmler Brewery

I was quite surprised when I discovered that there exists or better existed a Kemmler Brewery and a Kemmler beer. I could figure out, that  Johann Georg Kemmler, born Jun

Visit to the Hoefles festival in Jettenburg

From Emil Bader On August 18, 2019 I, Emil Ferdinand Bader, visited together with my wife, our son and his partner the Hoefle festival in Jettenburg. We arrived on Saturday

Bill Borders und his sons visited Jettenburg

A long dream became true on August 12, 2006. William S. “Bill” Borders and his sons  William S. “Bud”, James, and Richard were visiting Jettenburg, the city where their ancestors

In Memoriam Lawrence Walker

“Uncle” Lawrence Walker, born in 1928 in Hartford City, passed away on Dec 24 in his nursing home in Newburgh, IN. Uncle Lawrence was the last of the three Walker