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German Immigrant Ancestors
in Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York

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Recent uploads of new material
(not counting added material and updates
to existing pages--this happens all the time):



Biography, translation, and photo
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
for Jakob Miller,
and translation for Wilhelm Baumgras,
uploaded 12 November 2014

Dearly departed members and/or friends of
Friedens Church, Syracuse--In Memoriam--1900-1924

uploaded 23 May 2013

Additional photos and a transcript of
the remainder of the monument's inscription
and a complete transcript of the Civil War gravemarkers surrounding it
has been added to the page on the
Lilly Post G.A.R. monument at Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse
uploaded 19 October 2012

Michelle answers the question
"How can I find out the town in Germany where
my immigrant ancestor was born?"

uploaded 30 March 2012

Extracts and translations from
LDS microfilm 208165 of Guettland, West Prussia
church records, 1863-1936

for selected surnames of immigrants to Syracuse, NY
(Lipke, Reschke, Behnke, Dehnke, Kreft, Domanski, Rexin, etc.)
uploaded 17 February 2012

Photos of Syracuse's 2011 Oktoberfest by Rick Hermle
uploaded 19 October 2011

Photos of a Syracuse Liederkranz membership card and holder
added to the German Music and Musicians webpage
uploaded 21 April 2011

Photos of a jubilee year Harugari medallion
added to the Harugari webpage
uploaded 7 March 2011

Photo of Jakob Pfohl and
more advertisements from
Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 27 September 2010

New page added showing
examples of German passports
uploaded 27 April 2010

Added photos and updated
list of paintings known by artist Michael Andersag

uploaded 7 January 2010

Michelle answers the question
'Where can I find help in translating old
German-language documents into English?'

uploaded 6 January 2010

Michelle answers the question
'Where did the Syracuse Germans bury their dead?'

uploaded 25 July 2009

Updated information and photos added to
Rexin-Kraft Family Descendants Chart
(Friedrick/Fred Rexin 1875-1957 and Anna Kraft Rexin 1878-1958)
uploaded 24 July 2009

English translation of the obituary of Philipp Eckel
(Syracuse fire chief, died 1886)
as appeared in the Syracuse Union,
contributed by Joni L. Pontius
uploaded 16 July 2009

Biographies, translations, and photos
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
for William J. Bellen, Richard J. Feigel,
and Franz Joseph Seiter, Sr.,
uploaded 18 November 2008

Photos from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
for Jakob Sehl, Frank W. Traugott,
Edwin M. Wells, and Salems-Kirche der Evang. Gemeinschaft,
uploaded 17 November 2008

Biographies, translations, and photos
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
for Gabriel Bondy, Joseph Bondy,
Henry Danziger, Jr., Kilian Kruase,
Friedrich A. Kuntzsch, Charles Listman,
Philipp Listman, Benjamin Stolz,
and Henry J. Walters,
uploaded 17 November 2008

Biographies, translations, and photos
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
for Anton Aman, Friedrich Arheidt,
and Friedrich Walch,
uploaded 16 November 2008

Biographies, translations, and photos
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
for Samuel Pakelnishky, Matthias Nickels,
and Adam Nies,
uploaded 26 September 2008

Biographies, translations, and photos
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
for Die Familie Oberlaender,
including Pastor Alexander Oberlaender, Dr. Oscar Oberlaender,
Alexander E. Oberlaender, Dr. Hartman L. Oberlaender,
and Pastor Fridolin E. Oberlaender
uploaded 25 September 2008

Biographies, translations, and photos
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
for Bernhard Joseph Wolfarth, Jacob Schwarz,
Adam Listman, Jakob Blint, Jr.,
Matthias Rauch and Johann Zapf uploaded 18 June 2008

Biographies, translations, and photos
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
for Johann Winter, Heinrich David Woese,
and Jacob Armbruster uploaded 17 June 2008

More photos added to Friedrich Renk's page
uploaded 17 June 2008

Photos of residences
and of Conrad Busch and Joseph A. Hofmann
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 16 June 2008

Photos of Pastors Karl C. Manz
and Alphons Lehrscholl
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 16 June 2008

Henri Bitter
biography, translation, and photo
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 16 June 2008

English translation of biography
and photo and ad of Friedrich Renk
uploaded 14 June 2008

New photos of the St. Joseph Cemetery
Memorials in Assumption Cemetery, Syracuse

contributed by David Rezak
uploaded 7 June 2008

Michelle answers the question
'Do you have any advice on researching Germans from Poland/Prussia?'

uploaded 9 February 2008

Biographies of the PETERS family
(Nicholas M., Harrison Frank, Nicholas, Sr., and Arthur J. Peters)
uploaded 9 November 2007

Several historical lists of employees and other information
regarding the Crouse-Hinds Company of Syracuse, New York
uploaded 24 October 2007

Biographies and photos of Gottfried GENZEL
and Heinrich GENZEL from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
and 1910 postcard of Holy Trinity Church, Syracuse
uploaded 23 September 2007

Biography and photo of Dr. Leonard A. Saxer
uploaded 24 February 2007

New webpage on the Syracuse Harugari / D.O.H. (fraternal society)
and another webpage of old newspaper articles mentioning the Harugari
uploaded 18 January 2007

Brief biography and photos of
Jacob MOHR and his wife, Jenevieve HESS
uploaded 7 January 2007

Added link to my additional postcards of Syracuse
at the Roostweb Onondaga County GenWeb site
5 December 2006

English translation of the biography of Jacob Amos, Jr.
uploaded 25 April 2006

Biographies of Eustace A., Frank G., and Ignatius Sawmiller
uploaded 12 April 2006

Biography of Anton V. Altmann
uploaded 1 April 2006

A new section on Biographies
of German pioneers and their descendants
uploaded 1 April 2006

Michelle answers the question
'Why did the Germans immigrate to Syracuse?'

uploaded 8 December 2005

English translation of the biography of Ignatius Sawmiller
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 30 October 2005

What part of Germany did your surname come from?
Article by Theola Walden Baker:
"Internal Dialectical Clues in German Surnames"
uploaded 25 October 2005

Dr. Joseph T. D. Fischer and Johann G. Finkbeiner
biographies, translations, and photos;
and photo of Theodor Dissel
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 11 October 2005

Alexander Dissel, Matthaeus Gallster,
Georg M. Zimmermann and Joseph A. Zimmermann
biographies, translations, and photos;
and footnote to biography of Wilhelm Dopffel Sr.
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 10 October 2005

Michelle answers the question
'Do you have any advice to research records from a distance?'

uploaded 2 October 2005

Thomas Abele
biography, translation, and photo
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 22 September 2005

Photos of the home of the Rexin family, 1921-1957
uploaded 27 August 2005

Military photos of Carl Kreischer
uploaded 26 August 2005

1894 newspaper article on the 25th anniversary celebration
of the laying of the cornerstone of the Syracuse Turn Hall
uploaded 3 July 2005

Revised and expanded my REXIN genealogy
including new main page, descendants' chart,
gravemarkers page, city directory listings page,
and reference notes,
uploaded 1 and 2 June 2005

Jakob Luchsinger and Johann Friedrich Voshall
biographies, translations, and photos
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 7 May 2005

Portrait of Drum Major John Thurwachter
of Syracuse, New York, in uniform (1859)
Painting by Michael Andersag

uploaded 2 May 2005

German Research Resources in Onondaga County
uploaded 23 April 2005

Started page indexing my postcard collection,
"Views of Syracuse, New York Through Four Generations"
uploaded 23 April 2005

My REXIN genealogy
(German immigrants to Syracuse, NY, 1906)
uploaded 30 March 2005
(reference notes and descendants' chart to follow)

Update of Michael Andersag's known artworks
including new paintings discovered
uploaded 12 March 2005

Syracusans arriving at Ellis Island, New York, 1892-1924
All surnames updated and uploaded
11 March 2005

Photos of Friedens Church, Syracuse
uploaded 8 February 2005

German Businessmen in Syracuse 1860 and 1874
extracts from atlases posted online by William Hecht
uploaded 6 February 2005

Oscar B. Heyne and Johann Wilhelm Juhl
biographies, translations, and Heyne's photo
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 20 January 2005

Photo of August H. Fricke
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 20 January 2005

"How the Syracuse Liederkranz Came Into Existence"
old newspaper article from 1893
uploaded 19 January 2005

Christian Eng biography, translation, and photo
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 12 December 2004

Johann Lipke's U.S. Naturalization Certificate
uploaded 12 December 2004

German Gilchers, Gilgers, etc. emigrating to the U.S.A. (selected years)
uploaded 22 November 2004

A Note about Illegitimate Births in Old Germany
uploaded 21 November 2004

A new LIPKE, LIEPKA, LIEPKE, etc. main page
with family tree charts, timeline and gazetteer
uploaded 20 November 2004

Photo of George Poehlman
and photo of The Poehlman House
uploaded 27 October 2004

English translation of the biography of Major Jacob Brand;
English translation of the biography of General Gustavus Sniper; and
biography, translation, and photo for Colonel Nicholas Grumbach
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 24 October 2004

Jacob Knapp biography, translation, and photo
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 22 October 2004

Gilchers & Gilgers
listed in Syracuse City Directories,
1851-1880, intermittent

uploaded 9 October 2004

The story behind The Andersag Monument,
honoring an Austrian painter and Civil War hero from Syracuse
linked from the Monuments page,
uploaded 8 October 2004

Surnames of Families who left Viernheim, Hesse
on 8 June 1852 to come to America

(did some settle in Onondaga County?)
uploaded 5 October 2004

Old Newspaper Articles
new central webpage featuring old newspaper articles of historical interest
including several articles NEW to this website
uploaded 30 September 2004

Oktoberfest 2004 photos by Rick Hermle
uploaded 29 September 2004

New webpage of selected
Onondaga County Naturalizations
uploaded 22 September 2004

New page of photos and transcript from the
Lilly Post (Civil War) monument
uploaded 20 September 2004

New "Monuments" webpage
featuring the SNIPER Monument
and the ECKEL Monument in Syracuse;
also added photos of Philip and Barbara Eckel's gravemarker
uploaded 18 September 2004

Complete and comprehensive new INDEX
to the 1897 book, Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse...
uploaded 4 September 2004

Thanks to Friedrich Huettenberger for pointing out this interesting new link:
International Genealogical Index (IGI) entries
sorted by German Town Names (Batch Numbers) - http://www.igi-index.de/

uploaded to my Links page 12 June 2004

Photos (*and biography) from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse:
Anton Zahm, Eduard Zahm*, Georg Zahm*,
Adam J. Korb, John G. F. Korb, Johann Adam Korb,
Dr. Frank J. Rupp*, and Jacob Schaefer/Schafer*
uploaded 17 May 2004

Photos from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse:
Professor Ernst Held, Franz/Frank Lang, Louis P. Lang,
Emanuel Hoffmann, Samuel D. Solomon, Adam Metzger,
Jakob J. Klein, J. William Klein, Friedrich Schug,
Nicholas Peters, Sr., Heinrich Weinheimer, Georg J. Yaeckel,
Joh. Carl Heinr. Rehfeld, and Peter Rech
uploaded 16 May 2004

All the rest of the "Logen und Vereine" section
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded to the bottom of the page
27 April 2004

Deutsche Volks-Vereine (nativist societies), Gewerkschaften (workers' unions), and Kirchen-Vereine (Catholic charities)
from "Logen und Vereine," Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded to the bottom of the page
16 April 2004

Singing and various other societies
from "Logen und Vereine," Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 8 April 2004

Knights of Pythias, Maccabees, Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) and G.A.R. sections
from "Logen und Vereine," Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 5 April 2004

A.O.U.W., Harugari (D.O.H.) and Woodsmen of America sections
from "Logen und Vereine," Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 4 April 2004

"Index der Anzeigen" (Index of Advertisements)
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 3 April 2004

Another list of early German settlers 1830-1857
that appeared in the 20 July 1892 issue of
the Syracuse Union (German-language newspaper)
uploaded 6 March 2004

Obituary of Philipp Eckel
(Syracuse fire chief, died in the line of duty 1 June 1886)
as appeared in the Syracuse Union (in German)
uploaded 6 March 2004

Updated and rewritten, new and improved:
Chapter 1 of
John Jacob Kreischer and Katherine Gilcher:
Their Story and Family in Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York

by Michelle Stone
uploaded 5 March 2004

Sample portions of pages
(including advertisements, some weddings and some burials)
from the Syracuse Union (German-language newspaper), 1882-1895
uploaded 26 and 28 February 2004

Biography and photo of General Gustavus Sniper
(from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse)
as well as his obituary that appeared in the Syracuse Union
uploaded 28 February 2004

"Rare Old Germans"
A lengthy article from the 21 July 1892 Syracuse Standard
describing the German Pioneer Association, its parade and festival,
and including lists of many immigrant Germans in the area
Submitted by Norman C. Staub, Sr.
uploaded 13 February 2004

SCHNEIDER / SNYDER Families -
Lists of burials and plot owners at
St. Joseph's (German) Cemetery, Syracuse;
Information submitted by Norman C. Staub, Sr.
uploaded 28 January 2004

New POEHLMAN genealogy
uploaded 17 January 2004

Updated genealogy added to bottom of page on
GILCHERS who emigrated from Hachenbach, Pfalz to Syracuse, New York
uploaded 27 November 2003

Three photos added of St. Joseph's (German) Cemetery
(linked from "German Cemeteries" page)
Information submitted by Norman C. Staub, Sr.
uploaded 16 November 2003

Update of the St. Joseph's (German) Cemetery page
(linked from "German Cemeteries" page), with new photo and information
including 71 more listings ("W" surnames) of German cemetery lot holders
Information submitted by Norman C. Staub, Sr.
uploaded 8 November 2003

Photos from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse:
the Amoses, Johann Bauer, the Freeman, Armbruster, and Walier buildings, Wilhelm Baumgras, Jacob Brand,
Christian Eckermann, Jakob Fickeisen, Christian Freeoff/Fruehauf, and the Fincks;
uploaded 17 September 2003

Biographies and photos from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse:
Vinzenz Reitze, Johann Rees, Georg Richberg, Georg Saul, Moses D. Rubin,
Louis Zettwick, Gustav Wunnecke, Georg Schaefer, and Heinrich Balzhaeuser;
photos of Andreas Mueller, Michael Heid; and Benedict Haberle;
uploaded 17 September 2003

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Clay page
(linked from "Churches" page), with photos and history
Information submitted by Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
uploaded 13 June 2003

"Flock - Friedman" - page from an undated membership list
of the Syracuse Turn-Verein
submitted by Dick Cook
uploaded 11 June 2003

Photos of Holy Trinity Church, Syracuse
submitted by Terrie Lipke
uploaded 11 June 2003

From the church records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Syracuse:
Confirmation Class of 1896 and Confirmation Class of 1899 uploaded 23 April 2003

"Colby - Cramer" - page from an undated membership list
of the Syracuse Turn-Verein
submitted by Dick Cook
uploaded 21 April 2003

Easter postcards from the Nellie Roberts Kreischer LaClair collection
uploaded 19 April 2003

Biographies and photos from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse:
Wilhelm Dopffel, Sr. and Wilhelm Dopffel, Jr.,
uploaded 16 April 2003

Shamrock and St. Patrick's Day postcards
and more New York state postcards from the Nellie Roberts Kreischer LaClair collection
uploaded 15 March 2003

Page devoted to Cemeteries with German connections
including an additional page featuring photos, notes, and
list of German plot holders in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Syracuse
submitted by Norman C. Staub, Sr.
uploaded 18 & 21 February 2003

More location postcards
linked from the Nellie Roberts Kreischer LaClair collection page
uploaded 15 February 2003

Valentine's Day postcards
from the Nellie Roberts Kreischer LaClair collection
uploaded 11 February 2003

Updated page and genealogical charts for
Gilchers who emigrated to Syracuse, New York from Essweiler uploaded 7 February 2003

Updated pages and genealogical charts for
Gilchers/Gilgers who emigrated to Syracuse, New York from Hachenbach, Horschbach, and Rathsweiler
uploaded 2 February 2003

"The Germans in Syracuse, 1897" and "Addendum"
English translations of pp. 227-249 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 24 January 2003

"The Germans in Syracuse from 1880 to 1896"
English translation of pp. 215-227 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
including section on "The German Pioneer Festival"
uploaded 19 January 2003

Updated postcards page; additional Buffalo, New York postcards added; general design improvement
uploaded 18 January 2003

"The Germans in Syracuse from 1870 to 1880"
English translation of pp. 193-215 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
including section on "The Peace Celebration"
uploaded 6 January 2003

Complete German text of these sections of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County:
"Von 1870-1880"; "Von 1880-1896"; "1897"; "Nachtrag"; "Die Syracuse Union"; "Schlusswort des Verfassers"
uploaded 2 January 2003

"The Germans in Syracuse from 1860 to 1870"
English translation of pp. 140-193 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
including sections on military units during the Civil War, churches, and the Turn-Verein
uploaded 30 December 2002

New Year's postcards
from the Nellie Roberts Kreischer LaClair collection
uploaded 27 December 2002

Updated biographical material from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse:
Daniel Ackerman, Eduard Seiter, Carl Soldan, John Oswald, Isidor Putziger, Valentin Bahn
uploaded 21 & 22 December 2002

Christmas postcards
from the Nellie Roberts Kreischer LaClair collection
uploaded 1 December 2002

Added email to the Turn-Verein page
1 December 2002

"The Germans in Syracuse from 1860 to 1870"
German text of pp. 140-193 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 30 November 2002

John Jacob Kreischer and Katherine Gilcher:
Their Story and Family in Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York
by Michelle Stone

Front page and Chapter 1
uploaded 21 November 2002

Newspaper clippings of Mr. and Mrs. Ehrmantraut's
Golden Wedding Anniversary, 1914

uploaded 20 November 2002

"The Germans in Syracuse from 1850 to 1860"
English translation of pp. 121-140 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
including The Freeing of the Slave "Jerry" and
A Christmas Episode in the Year 1852
uploaded 16 November 2002

German-Language Newspapers page
uploaded 15 November 2002

Updated biographies pages: Carl Simon, Ignatius Sawmiller, Nikolaus Erhmantraut
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 6 November 2002

"The Germans in Syracuse from 1850 to 1860"
German text of pp. 121-140 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 2 October 2002

"The Germans in Syracuse from 1840 to 1850"
German text of pp. 109-121 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
(English translation of same)
uploaded 25 & 29 September 2002

New webpage/portal:
General Index of Michelle Stone's Genealogy Online
uploaded 17 July 2002

Article on Holy Trinity Church, Park Street, Syracuse
submitted by Michael Hallatt
uploaded to the German Churches page
on 14 July 2002

Updated Gilcher and Kraft pages
27 April 2002

"The Germans in Syracuse from 1825 to 1840"
English translation of pp. 93-102 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 31 March 2002

"The Germans in Syracuse"
(the first German saltboilers and naturalized citizens)
English translation of pp. 89-93 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 15 March 2002

Amusing & informative reading:
"The First Germans in Onondaga County"
English translation of pp. 78-89 of Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 2 March 2002

Additional advertising pages scanned and uploaded
from the 50th Jubilee publication of the Syracuse Turn-Verein, (German athletic association)
uploaded 1 March 2002

New section:
("Gut Heil!") Syracuse Turn-Verein (German athletic association)
uploaded 23 February 2002

"Die Deutschen in Syracuse: Der 'Patriotenkrieg'"
[The Germans in Syracuse: The Patriot War], excerpt pp. 102-109
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 5 January 2002
English translation of same uploaded 7 January 2002

"Die Deutschen in Syracuse von 1825-1840"
[The Germans in Syracuse from 1825 to 1840], excerpt pp. 93-102
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 5 January 2002

"Die Deutschen in Syracuse" [The Germans in Syracuse], excerpt pp. 89-93
from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 4 January 2002

"Die ersten Deutschen in Onondaga-County" [The First Germans in Onondaga County],
excerpt pp. 78-89 from Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 3 January 2002

English translation of "Schlusswort" [Closing Words of the Author],
Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County
uploaded 2 January 2002 Gilchers & Gilgers listed in Syracuse City Directories, 1882-1935
years 1920-1935 uploaded 19 Oct. 2001

General German/U.S./Immigration information
uploaded 6 October 2001

Gilchers & Gilgers listed in Syracuse City Directories, 1882-1919
years 1900-1919 uploaded 8 Sept. 2001

Gilchers, Gilgers, etc. in 1920 U.S. Census of Pennsylvania (an index)
uploaded 8 September 2001

Gilchers, Gilgers, etc. in 1920 U.S. Census of Illinois (an index)
uploaded 3 September 2001

Gilchers, Gilgers, etc. in 1900 U.S. Census of New York State (an index)
uploaded 1 September 2001




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