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The Holtz name was the first name that I researched, because it is my name.  The most distant ancestor that I have identified in this branch was Christian Holtz.  A family tree of his descendants can be found at the
 "Descendants of Holtz" pages at the Rootsweb World Connect Project.
He was my Great-Great-Great Grandfather.  He was born about 1813 in Mechlenberg, Germany.  Sailing on the SS Vandalia, he arrived in this country at the Port of New York on July 13, 1872 with his wife, Johanna.  They made their living by farming.  My records show him with seven sons and daughters, all born in Germany, but most, if not all, immigrated to this country at various times in the late 19th century, probably between the years of 1878 and 1885.  They settled into the area or New York State next to lake Ontario, just to the north of Rochester, Monroe County.  I have only one extensively researched branch, that of William Friedrich Holtz, of which I am descended.  Presently, research is being conducted on the other branches. Any information connecting these branches would be welcomed.
According to others, in the 11th century, Holtz was a knight and served the King and was given a coat of arms and a grant of land.  On the coat of arms were logs, birds, fish, water and pine trees.  Holtz is spelled in several ways, such as Holz, Holts, Holst, and Holtz.
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