2006 Kerchner Genealogy Home Page Guest Log Entries


Guest: Fred May
Date-Time: Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 16:03:17 (CST)
Page visited: Kirchner surname Y-DNA Home Page
Surnames of interest: May
Comments: Just found you, looks good. New to DNA and German geneology. Trying to trace My fathers line.

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Guest: Mary Chong Chun Yan; No 18, Spg 40-9-4. Kg Sg Akar
Date-Time: Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 21:38:38 (CST)
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Surnames of interest:
Comments: Very interesting research! I never understood till now the advancement made in this field. Keep going for the advancement of science and mankind.

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Guest: James Frantz, Agawam Mass.
Date-Time: Friday, December 08, 2006 at 11:03:40 (CST)
Page visited: Kerchner Genealogy
Surnames of interest:
Comments: Very interesting, good information.

Email address: (To use delete '-Friday-' and add @ sign in that position): jbfrantz1-Friday-earthlink.net

Guest: Shelley Ruth Walbert, Houston, TX
Date-Time: Friday, November 24, 2006 at 01:33:39 (CST)
Page visited: kerchner genealogy home page
Surnames of interest: Walbert
Comments: Hello family! My given name is Shelley Ruth Walbert. My Father,Joesph William Walbert hasn't been in my life since I was an infant. I am simply curious of my ancestery.

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Guest: jason laudenslager
Date-Time: Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 22:44:53 (CST)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest: laudenslager
Comments: just looking cool site

Email address: (To use delete '-Saturday-' and add @ sign in that position): entre-nous-Saturday-earthlink.net

Guest: Leann Steele, Hastings, NE
Date-Time: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 19:13:58 (CST)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest: Derr
Comments: Interested in Christian Derr, but think mine may be the one in Union Co. I will be checking that out. I almost cried when I heard "In Heaven There Is No Beer" That has been a favorite song of my husbands family for years. Not many people know of it. We lift our glasses to you my friend. Leann and Dan in Nebraska

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Guest: Leann Steele, Hastings, NE
Date-Time: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 19:12:59 (CST)
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Surnames of interest: Derr
Comments: Interested in Christian Derr, but think mine may be the one in Union Co. I will be checking that out. I almost cried when I heard "In Heaven There Is No Beer" That has been a favorite song of my husbands family for years. Not many people know of it. I lift my glass to you my friend. Leann and Dan in Nebraska

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Guest: Yvonne Lenhart Smith, Goodman, MO.
Date-Time: Friday, November 03, 2006 at 15:54:07 (CST)
Page visited: PA German Nicknames,
Surnames of interest: Lenhart, VanBuskirk
Comments: So happy to find info on the Lenharts. Would like to hear from you. thanks, Yvonne Lenhart Smith

Email address: (To use delete '-Friday-' and add @ sign in that position): anchor-Friday-netins.net

Guest: Marian Lunt
Date-Time: Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 17:38:29 (CDT)
Page visited: Kerchner.com/guestadd.htm
Surnames of interest: Goode, Martin, Watkins, Wilson, Simpson, Randolph
Comments: I loved the music!

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Guest: Cathie Feck, Rochester NY
Date-Time: Saturday, October 14, 2006 at 12:45:14 (CDT)
Page visited: Kerchner Family Genealogy Home Page, German Naming Customs
Surnames of interest: Kerchner, Menges, Romig, Fusselman
Comments: Very helpfull. Thanks!

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Guest: Cyndi Mintdrop -- Dittmer, MO
Date-Time: Friday, October 13, 2006 at 20:46:40 (CDT)
Page visited: PA German Naming Customs & Pa Dutch are German Not Dutch
Surnames of interest: Mintdrop(?Minderop),Garrett,Smoot,Rinker
Comments: I would like to have you share your knowledge on the change of spellings of the last names when immigrants came over to the U.S.A. My last name goes back to the 1800's but then there is nothing. We totally disappear. I don't know how or what time frame the name of spelling changed. This did how ever help on the first names, I know now for sure they aren't the same people. Thank you!

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Guest: Brenda Frideley Grau, Kennesaw, Georgia
Date-Time: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 17:55:46 (CDT)
Page visited: Pennsylvania Dutch Are Of German Heritage, Not Dutch
Surnames of interest: Friedly
Comments: I was excited to find your web site. I especially like the music.

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Guest: Cheryl Ladd
Date-Time: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 09:15:15 (CDT)
Page visited: PA German Nicknames
Surnames of interest: Ladd
Comments: PLease email me Ladd's.

Email address: (To use delete '-Wednesday-' and add @ sign in that position): cyaladd-Wednesday-gmail.com

Guest: Debby Dottery, Saylorsburg, Pa.
Date-Time: Wednesday, October 04, 2006 at 12:10:45 (CDT)
Page visited: Kerchner
Surnames of interest: Christman, Dottery
Comments: Trying to search who was the father of Henry Daniel W Christman 1866-1908. Saw several Daniel Christmans in the Kerchner line. You've done a great job!

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Guest: Susie Yohe Garrett
Date-Time: Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 08:32:58 (CDT)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest: Yohe
Comments: I would love to see what your Yohe line is.

Email address: (To use delete '-Thursday-' and add @ sign in that position): sgarrett-Thursday-hoffmanbeverage.com

Guest: Ruth Buterbaugh Lynch, Marietta,Georgia
Date-Time: Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 08:52:45 (CDT)
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Comments: Love your webpage...Dad was from Pennsylvania...(Pennslyvania Dutch)

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Guest: Janet Jane BEIGHTEL
Date-Time: Monday, September 18, 2006 at 13:27:07 (CDT)
Page visited: ALL
Surnames of interest: BEIGHTEL, SHAEFFER, WILKERSON, GARRETT, CAVE, PEDDYCOART, THOMPSON, BENDER
Comments: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I knew my great grandfather Pete BEIGHTEL of INDIANA well and knew he referred to himself as PENNSYLVANIA dutch, but never knew until after his passing that he spoke GERMAN but did not teach it to his children because of deep shame about the wars. I had been puzzled by the fact that my middle name and most of my siblings-- is really my name as is my grandfather, great grandfather, great grandmother, etc. And just recently, I have been trying to convince my sister that our early BEIGHTEL's and WILKERSON's, etc. all share a common first name- male, which everyone has thought a mistake on my part. We are Protestant (probably Brethren ministers Henry BEIGHTEL)(and later Baptist Henry B. in Monroe and Scott Co. IND) from Westmoreland Co. to IND. to ILL. so it was impossible to convince family that John and William were used over and over as first for more than one male in the family on both sides. Your website is the most valuable I've seen.

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Guest: Jon Swartslander
Date-Time: Friday, August 11, 2006 at 07:33:45 (CDT)
Page visited: naming customs-nicknames
Surnames of interest: schwartzlander,vetterick
Comments: conrad

Email address: (To use delete '-Friday-' and add @ sign in that position): swartslander1752-Friday-yahoo.com

Guest: Kelly Reyes, Arlington TX
Date-Time: Saturday, August 05, 2006 at 12:56:59 (CDT)
Page visited: PA German Naming Customs, Frantz surname Y-DNA Project
Surnames of interest: Frantz, Frick
Comments: Interesting but no comments at this time

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Guest: Robert Snare, Broomfield CO
Date-Time: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 at 13:42:09 (CDT)
Page visited: PA German Naming Customs
Surnames of interest: Snare, Snair, Cable
Comments: I am researching my Grandfather's heritage. My father believed that SNARE is German, but some family lore mentioned a Scottish connection. SNARE married CABLE and I'm looking for grandmother CABLE info in New York currebtly.

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Guest: Bob Nothstein, Silver Spring, Md
Date-Time: Monday, July 31, 2006 at 11:32:58 (CDT)
Page visited: PA german Naming Customs & Tips and tricks
Surnames of interest: Nothstein
Comments: thanks

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Guest: Ernest King, Coraopolis, PA
Date-Time: Monday, July 24, 2006 at 22:07:32 (CDT)
Page visited: Kerchner Genealogy Home Page, PA German Naming Customs,
Surnames of interest: King, Kissinger, Bridge
Comments: Mr. Kerchner, The page on naming conventions is very informative. My cousin William King has been searching for our gggrandfather John S. King (b.c. 1818, maybe Koenig) for many years. Possible middle name is Samuel but not much reason to believe it is. One of his grandsons was named John Samuel for what that's worth. My wife's maternal grandfather was born in Greece where the naming convention for sons was that each male child had the father's first name as middle name. Thus, her grandfather was named Gust Dimitri Stamas. Ernie King

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Guest: Carolyn Anderson, Dearborn, Mich.
Date-Time: Friday, July 21, 2006 at 21:30:22 (CDT)
Page visited: PA german Naming Customs
Surnames of interest: Jameson, Melcher, Minich
Comments: Looking up family- Melcher- Leonard Melcher came from Germany in 1795, family died other than sister Lucy on voyage over. Married Chritine McMonigal. William Jameson was ship captain of Juanita out of Pittsburgh. His wife was Barbara Minich, whose parents came from Germany. My grandfather was Ellsworth, son of William, my grandmother was from the line of the Melcher family.

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Guest: Tessie Bylund, Orem UT [MO > NY > UT]
Date-Time: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 03:46:32 (CDT)
Page visited: home page, german naming customs, german nicknames
Surnames of interest: SCHIEFFERDECKER, & variations: SCHIFFERDECKER, SHIVERDECKER, SHIVERDECK, SHIVERTAKER, SHIVER?
Comments: Dear Mr. KERCHNER: thanks for your efforts. I love names. The French (Catholics) like to use many names too (I'm so grateful for their diligence in their church records). Then there's Americanization, another fascination for me. I'm unsure if SHIVERDECKERs were in PA, but I know they were in NJ & OH (where some changed the name to SHIVERTAKER) at least, so it's possible. I'm usually concentrating on all my French lines in MO & IL--where both sides of my family ended up in early 1900s, but will make a foray into New England (beginning with Jacob SCHIEFFERDECKER's arrival into NJ) & etc. to track my SHIVERDECKERs. t.b.

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Guest: Ned Mccarty Coon Rapids MN
Date-Time: Sunday, July 02, 2006 at 22:29:26 (CDT)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest: Ottinger
Comments: Ottinger was My mothers Maiden name , Grew up in Lafountain KS Decended from Ottingers in Parrotsville TN and "Pennsylvania Dutch " I believe her to be decendant of Joss Ottinger from Switzerland and Germany.

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Guest: Jay, New York, New York
Date-Time: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 21:31:52 (CDT)
Page visited: Kerchner Genealogy Home Page
Surnames of interest: Papadopouloss
Comments: Thanks for the work on your site. It set me off in the right direction.

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Guest: Michelle Lautenschlager Wilder, Lowville NY
Date-Time: Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 23:09:10 (CDT)
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Surnames of interest: Lautenschlager
Comments: just checking into the surname of Lautenschlager as that's my maiden name.

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Guest: Maurice Disque, Blieskastel (Germany, Saarland)
Date-Time: Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 14:33:51 (CDT)
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Surnames of interest: Trautmann
Comments: This is just incredible! The German dialect you guys speak is pretty much the same as the dialect we speak in the Westpfalz/Saarland area! Ich kennt mit eich mei Dialekt schwätze! Vielleicht komm ich mol no Pennsylvania!

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Guest: Paul Laudenslager Stafford Va
Date-Time: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 21:08:12 (CDT)
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Surnames of interest: Laudenslager, Deblier(?)
Comments: Looking or any information on ancestors of Paul Franklin Laudenslager, Sr of Selingsgrove Pa. Married to Viloa McCloud of Sunbury Pa and after Viloa passed away in 1946 later married Ethel Rouse in Selingsgrove Pa

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Guest: Robert F. Barbe, Tarboro NC
Date-Time: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 21:31:35 (CDT)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest: Barb(e),Miller(Mueller),Dishner(?Tischner or Tischenmacher)
Comments: I was glad to see your comment suggesting that Huguenots can be included among the Pennsylvania Dutch.

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Guest: Jolyn S. Dennis
Date-Time: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:23:14 (CDT)
Page visited: Kerchner.com
Surnames of interest: Kartchner, Kirchner
Comments: I am working on Andreas Adam Kirchner and his ancestors going back to Germany.

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Guest: Mickey Hayes
Date-Time: Friday, May 05, 2006 at 11:44:50 (CDT)
Page visited: The 1812 Project
Surnames of interest: Rex
Comments: just starting to research rex branch of tree

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Guest: Nadine Kirchner, Tonasket WA
Date-Time: Monday, May 01, 2006 at 20:36:09 (CDT)
Page visited: Kerchner Genealogy Home Page (etc.)
Surnames of interest: Kirchner, Grubbs, Hageman
Comments: I enjoyed your pages and found them helpful. The music with the pages is great and I ended up playing the Beer Barrel Polka several times. In Tonasket Grade School, as part of physical education (back in the 50s), dance sometimes was part of the exercise program. It included the polka, schottische and square dancing. When your page opened and the Beer Barrel Polka hit my ears, I couldn't sit still. Loved it! Unfortunately, I was holding my cat at the time and he didn't love it. I've put your home page on my favorites list and I'll be checking it again. Thank you for sharing. Nadine Kirchner, daughter of Walter Kirchner, granddaugher of Herman Kirchner (immigrated 1892) and Eugenia Grubbs, great-grandaugher of Wilhelm Kirchner and Adelia Hageman (Renslage Province, Hanover, Germany).

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Guest: Scott Laudenslager, Allentown PA
Date-Time: Monday, April 17, 2006 at 18:24:58 (CDT)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest:
Comments: Hello, I stumbled on this site when I googled my last name. My fater was Roger R Laudenslager. He had a sister and a brother Leonard and Lorraine. My grandfather's name is Irwin Laudenslager. I don't know much more, but my mother could probably help me with some names. Scott

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Guest: Kathy Turner Thompson, Crystal River, Florida
Date-Time: Saturday, April 01, 2006 at 06:53:47 (CST)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest: Gruver/Gruber/Groover
Comments: 1785 - Franklin County, PA> 1833 - Wayne/Ashland County, Ohio> 1855-1865 - Fayette County, Iowa. Johannes Gruber, Samuel Gruver, John Alexander Gruver, Benton C., Wilford Earl, and Betty Gruver are my direct line. One source indicated seeing in a family Bible, that before the family was from Chambersburg, PA that they were from Bern, Switzerland. Can not find Johannes parents or beyond or where this family is definately from or what port they came into American. How would this DNA project help? I see that there is only three other Gruber lines showing on the sight. Lastly, is there anyone else out there that has any suggestions please email me directly.

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Guest: David Kartchner, Pleasanton CA
Date-Time: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 22:59:25 (CST)
Page visited: Kerchner Genealogy Home Page
Surnames of interest: Kartchner
Comments: Very interesting study. Heard about this from my father. Same issue that we do not know a link back to the old country (Germany). Oral tradition is name was misspelled from the original German when arrived to America in early 1700s and settled in PA. At some point, would like to submit a DNA kit to see if there is a link with Kartchner if no studies have been done to date.

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Guest: Margaret Tomasello nee Kovacik, Buffalo, NY
Date-Time: Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 13:11:58 (CST)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest: Stogden, Bothel, Kovacik
Comments: I'm looking to find out where my ancesters came from. My parents were both born in Pennsylvania. Joseph and Margret Kovacik nee Stogden. My grandmother's maiden name was Bothel. I'm curious to know my background more fully.

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Guest: Matt Kariger, Plymouth, IN
Date-Time: Friday, March 10, 2006 at 13:53:27 (CST)
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Surnames of interest:
Comments: This is a really cool site. I stumbled onto it after searching the internet for information on my ancestor Frederick Kirchner/Kerchner.

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Guest: Afonso Duque-Portugal, Sydney, Australia
Date-Time: Friday, March 03, 2006 at 23:11:10 (CST)
Page visited: Kerchner Genealogy
Surnames of interest: Kerchner
Comments: Dear Mr Kerchner, I was surfing the net looking for connections with the name Kerchner in Germany but instead I found your site which I found so interesting! I am Brazilian, though I've lived in Australia for the past 33 years, and one of my paternal granmothers was Kerchner from Frankenberg, Saxony. My grandfather had gone to Goettingen to study engineering in the 1870s, met her (Jenny)married and took her back to Brazil (Rio Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil). Her daughters (they had just one boy)visited Germany and the youngest (Maria Jose or Zeze) actually stayed there from 1912 until 1949. But the WWII played havoc with the family due to the division of the country and we lost touch with them (apparently, Selma, a distant cousin (?) wrote to the family in the 195os pleading with them not to try to get any inheritance etc - literally 'to forget them', so to speak. My father, a very gentleman, obliged fearing he would upset the authorities. Anyway, after so many years, I thought about getting to know that side of our family a bit better, thus my search. Unfortunately, all my family still lives in Brazil, and I don't have with me many details, besides few names (I know for instance that Jenny's mother was Nathalia and she had an uncle Tobias married to Helena but not much else(. I will be getting in touch with some cousins who have better information and, if you don't mind, once I have more details I would like to get in touch again and see if our families are related! My enjoyment of genealogy comes from the brother/sisterhodd it brings! I work as a National Park Ranger (a job a bit similar to the USA Ranger but, at the same time, quite different),a dn I am an archaeologist by profession and quite young at 55! My regards, and I await your reply with great expectations! Afonso

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Guest: Margaret F. Yeager, Camden, NJ
Date-Time: Monday, February 27, 2006 at 17:01:38 (CST)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest: Kircher, Louis of Wurttenberg (sic) Germany
Comments: I'm trying to locate Ella Jordan Coleman, who is one of the great-great-granddaughters of Louis Kircher, a Civil War Veteran. She had a website, but it has been removed. She was doing research on Louis Kircher, who is my great-grandfather. If anyone can help me find her, I would appreciate it.

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Guest: James D. Palmer, Winslow, Arizona
Date-Time: Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 14:28:31 (CST)
Page visited: German Naming Customs
Surnames of interest: Kartchner, Kerchner, Kirchner
Comments: I am a descendant of Adam Kirchner or Kartchner, b. abt. 1756, Germany. He was married to Sarah Weber, b. 1744, Philidelphia, Penn. 26 Sep. 1787. He died before 1800 in Philidelphia. I am living in Germany for the next four months and would like any information where in Germany Adam was born , so that I might visit his home city and possibly find more information about him.

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Guest: Jan Lardizabal, Bowie, MD
Date-Time: Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 07:05:08 (CST)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest: Walter
Comments: Hi, I have been searching for Philip Walter born 1786. He lived with his family in Huntingdon Co., PA and died there. But I have not been able to find his parents or where he was born. I am a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and trying to see if the Walter family qualifies as patriots. Without Philip's father this is impossible. I am related thru Philip's son George and am able to prove back to 1786, this is where I am stuck. I have been to the counties around Huntingdon without any luck. Any info would greatly be appreciated. Thank you in advance, JAN L

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Guest: JoAnne White (Fulton), Pittsburgh, PA
Date-Time: Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 12:45:29 (CST)
Page visited: PA German Naming Customs, then others
Surnames of interest: White, Bleil, Manntz
Comments: Thanks for all of the information. I am relatively new at genealogy and this has helped me a lot. I am researching the White, Bleil, Manntz and Feathers lines, living in PA from the late 1700's on. I have found them mostly in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties on the early Census Records. My brick wall is Oliver White, born in PA around 1824, married to Rebecca Feathers. These families all seemed to live close to each other for many years. Any info would be appreciated.

Email address: (To use delete '-Saturday-' and add @ sign in that position): joannef-Saturday-hsnp.com

Guest: Norman Hegemann
Date-Time: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 16:46:53 (CST)
Page visited: Kerchner's Genetic Genealogy Y-DNA Surname Project
Surnames of interest: Kartchner
Comments: You show John Christopher Kirchner bn 1788 as a descendant of Adam(2) Kirchner. What is the source of this connection. Have you done any genetic testing of descendants of John Christopher in an attempt to determine a genetic relationship between them and Adam(1) or Frederick? If this has not been done I would be interested in participating>

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Guest: Janielee Gaudiano
Date-Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 22:31:29 (CST)
Page visited: Pa German Naming Customs
Surnames of interest: Busher, Bisher, Buisher, Fry, Frey, Frye
Comments: I enjoyed reading about your article on german naming customs. i am having hard time tracing my ancestors because of the different spellings . The Frey side of my family spelled the name 3 ways in the same family. In the family bible for Busher it is spelled Buisher and i can not find any information on that spelling .In 1 census the name is spelled Busher and then in the 1880 census it is spelled Bisher. I am trying to locate parents and siblings of John J Fry born 1823 and also Henry Busher born 1844.Any help with the spellings or were they came from would help me. thank you janielee

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Guest: Gary Lautenschlager Athens, GA
Date-Time: Thursday, February 09, 2006 at 20:15:01 (CST)
Page visited: Laudenslager Genealogy home page
Surnames of interest: Lautenschlager
Comments: Very interesting site. I was told my father's father, Robert Lautenschlager, came to Chicago from Michigan probably in the 1910-20s. Robert had a brother Karl Lautenschlager. I met both my grandfather and great uncle when I was about 6 or 7 and that was the last I recall I ever saw of either. My grandfather moved to Mexico and died there during the 1970s. Not sure that aids you in any way. I appreciate what you have done.

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Guest: Shirley I. Stieber, Medford, Oregon
Date-Time: Thursday, February 09, 2006 at 20:14:17 (CST)
Page visited: Kerchner DNA
Surnames of interest: Murray, Pall (Paul), Smith,
Comments: Haplogroup 1 16129A, 16223T, 16391A, 16519C 73G, 152C, 199C, 204C, 207A, 250C, 263G, 309.1C, 309.2C, 315.1C

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Guest: Philip Kerchner, Avenel NJ
Date-Time: Monday, February 06, 2006 at 23:26:20 (CST)
Page visited: Kerchner Genealogy Home Page
Surnames of interest: Kerchner
Comments: Interesting...

Email address: (To use delete '-Monday-' and add @ sign in that position): pjkerchner-Monday-att.net

Guest: Linda Bastian Postema
Date-Time: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 15:09:01 (CST)
Page visited: Kerchner Genealogy Home Page
Surnames of interest: Bastian or Bastien
Comments: Didn't find what I was looking for but any information is good you never know what it will lead to. Thanks Linda

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Guest: Robert Gole, Leamington,Ontario
Date-Time: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 10:52:26 (CST)
Page visited: PA Dutch Are German Not Dutch
Surnames of interest: GOLE,GOHL
Comments: trying to find out more about my name and where we were from in PA. Cannot find any relation to my name here any where...any one withe info please contact me. Is PA Dutch the same as Amish? Thank You all and good luck with your quest!

Email address: (To use delete '-Monday-' and add @ sign in that position): robert_gole-Monday-yahoo.con

Guest: Lola Qualtrough
Date-Time: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 23:02:03 (CST)
Page visited: 18th Century PA German Naming Customs
Surnames of interest: Fester
Comments: I appreciate your article very much - it explains my Grandfather's baptismal name - Johan/Johann so well. Thanks very much. Have printed a copy for my own file for reference only.

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Guest: Richard P. Houtz, Tamaqua
Date-Time: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 14:04:34 (CST)
Page visited: German naming customs
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Comments: Very interesting cite. I learned that the name I was supposed to be given was my father's fathers name. This would have been the custom you refer to on your cite. I have my complete family tree, going back to 1637, at the time my surname was Hautz, changed to Houtz sometime after 1637. A truly very interesting cite for someone born in 1929. It's never to late to learn something interesting and relavent. R. Houtz

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Guest: Ruby Brickle, Petersburg, VA
Date-Time: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 09:25:06 (CST)
Page visited: German Naming Customs
Surnames of interest: Brickle, Brickell, Matthews, Matheau,
Comments: This family was in north eastern North Carolina in 1600's through 1900's

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Guest: Jim Skelton, Alto NM
Date-Time: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 16:30:13 (CST)
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Surnames of interest: Kasling/Kesling/Kiessling
Comments: Enjoyed your "18th Century PA German Naming Customs". Wish I had known about the German naming customs when I started researching my John Frederick Kasling/Johann Friedrich Kießling in 1998 and 1999, and everything you said is correct. My greatgrandfather came to the U. S. in 1852 from Bavaria, first going to Pittsburg with his cousin, Johann Adam Schodel, who remained in Pittsburg all his life. My great-grandfather continued to immigrate to Illinois where he married and had children and finally ended up in East Texas before 1880. He went by the name of Fred, never using John except for legal papers. However, he used the name Johann on the ship manifest when he sailed from Bremen to New York in 1852. When I finally researched his family in the Lutheran church in Schwarzenbach, Germany, I found he had a whole slew of brothers with the first name of Johann. Fortunately a genealogist at the Lutheran church where his family were parishoners, was of great help in solving my delima. I now correspond with a very distant cousin's family still living next to the house where my greatgrandfather was born in Quellenreuth, Bavaria.

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Guest: Gary Ahrndt, Franksville, WI
Date-Time: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 06:58:41 (CST)
Page visited:
Surnames of interest: Arndt, Ahrndt, Schroeder, Rieke, Lindquist
Comments: Arndt/Ahrndt & Schroeder are from Mecklenburg-Schwerin area of Germany and migrated to Manitowoc County, WI. in 1850's Rieke's from Sonneborn Germany and migrated to Barrington IL in 1850's Lindquist currently unknown as to origin of country. Lived in Carpentersville, IL in Late 1800's early 1900's

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Guest: Phyllis Witt Jones, Bossier City, LA
Date-Time: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 13:24:36 (CST)
Page visited: PA German Naming Customs
Surnames of interest: Witt, Trine, Pfeifly
Comments: Had read about this naming custom in another book so wanted to also check yours; excellent explanation and both have helped me very much since I am a "Damn Yankee" living down South for more than half my life as I am married to a "Rebel" and we were both in the Air Force. Thanks for making this info availale to the general public FOR FREE!

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Guest: Myra Herron, Alpena, MI
Date-Time: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 12:30:00 (CST)
Page visited: German naming customs
Surnames of interest: Link, unknown
Comments: I visited your site, because my great great grandfather, Patrick A. Herrin, an Irishman whom I have located in an 1850 Albany, NY census was supposed to have married a PA Dutch lady named Mary Ann something. We have never found out what the something was. But, your site explains why in the census, she was called simply "Ann". The census also says she was born in Ireland, but I can't verify if she was or was not. Family history gave me their names and places of birth, and I'm having a horrible time getting any more than what I found in that census. Any help would be appreciated. And thanks for the Beer Barrel Polka! I was born in a tiny town where the local AM radio station had a "German Hour" and I loved to polka! Lots of Polish folks there also, so the polka was king!

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Guest: Diane Bower Clegg
Date-Time: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 12:18:38 (CST)
Page visited: German naming customs
Surnames of interest: Bauer (Bower). Dittis, Reichert, Trautwein
Comments: Great site. A big help to know that the German Dutch actually may be Germans from Germany, will research that area a little more. My Bauer's came to america in 1828 and settled in Berks County, PA, then moved to Marion County, PA where they lived out their life. I also loved the naming sequence.

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Guest: Jean Moser Godwin, Frederick, MD
Date-Time: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 10:27:39 (CST)
Page visited: German Naming Customs
Surnames of interest: Moser, Ogle, Dixon, Godwin, Corbett, Harp (Herb)
Comments: thanks for you detailed explanation of German naming. It applies to my German lines, none of whom followed the custom exactly, but did follow it generally. One English Ogle married a German extraction wife in the 1770's and followed the custom as well.

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Guest: Randy Hatt, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Date-Time: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 07:06:51 (CST)
Page visited: PA Dutch Are German Not Dutch
Surnames of interest: HATT
Comments: My family and many others in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia are referred to as Lunenburg Dutch but are really German & Swiss families that were sponsered by the British in the 1750`s to emmigrate to Nova Scotia, the same as to Pennsylvania. During my research I have found that some HATT`s from Hemmental, Switzerland, the hometown of my ancestors, had emmigrated to Pennsylvania 3 - 4 decades before my ancestors emmigrated to NS. My father`s lineage is completely families of these Foreign Protestants. The families and histories of how we arrived in North America are very similar.

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Guest: Michelle Kerchner, Earlimart CA
Date-Time: Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 19:17:11 (CST)
Page visited: Kerchner Genealogy Home Page
Surnames of interest: Kerchner
Comments: Wonderful website! I have always been a little curious about my name, and your website was certainly informative. Although I believe my grandfather was adopted into the Kerchner family, it was interesting to see that many of the names that were handed down in the family are names that keep coming up in my family now. Thank you for the information.

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Guest: Lillian Copeland, Scipio, IN
Date-Time: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 22:45:06 (CST)
Page visited: PA Deutsch/PA German (aka PA Dutch) Ethnic Group BGA DNA Assay Study
Surnames of interest: Root, Beckner
Comments: Your theory and study is interesting. I probably don't qualify to be a participant, but would be interested in staying informed.

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