am an American interested in my family history and have compiled
information on my ancestors with the idea that this record
can be shared, enhanced, and preserved by future generations.
My interest in genealogy started when I
had free time on a business trip while in the Frankfurt, Germany airport in the
1980's. I had been told that my Bratzler ancestors came from
somewhere in Germany but I had no idea as to exact location so I
decided to look in the Frankfurt telephone book (no internet at that
time) to determine if any Bratzlers were listed. There were
two! Rüdiger and Karl Bratzler. I called Rüdiger who indicated
his father, Karl, was interested in the Bratzler family history,
too. The next thing I know is that I am the dinner guest of
Hilda and Karl Bratzler of Bad Homburg. Several trips to Germany
later and with the help of Karl and my fourth-cousin-once-removed,
Martin Bratzler, I met some of my German relatives and was able to
trace my Bratzler ancestors back to a small town in Baden-Württemberg,
Oberderdingen (also known as Derdingen) in the early 1600's.
One can not stop with just the paternal ancestors!
My maternal (Schweiter) family history had already been researched
and documented by my uncle, Otis Schweiter.
are my grandparents' family names; click on each for information
about each family.
With the exception of the Schweiters, all 8 of my
maternal and paternal great-grandparent families originated in Baden-Württemberg
Bratzler ancestral villages).
My Bratzlers were originally from Oberderdingen, BW and emigrated
from Unteröwisheim, BW. My Schweiters
came from a small town, Männedorf,
Switzerland just south of Zürich.
My Pflaums, Schadts, and Freys were all from Unteröwisheim,
BW. My Schmids were from Pliezhausen, BW, a small town north of
Tubingen on the Neckar River. My Gärtners
were from Stockheim, BW; and my Kautzmans, from Ettlingen, BW.
My additional great-grandparent family
I have traced most of my ancestors back to the 1600's
and the period just after the reformation in Germany and Switzerland. All
of my great-grandparents immigrated in the United States in the mid-1800's.
Please note that I also am interested in
people who have common ancestors with me. Please share with
me any information you may have along these lines. Thanks.
I hope you
find this information useful.
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