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

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.

Tombstone of Katherina Walker on Lust cemetery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walter Bauer’s dress museum

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

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

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