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     Bas-Rhin is a department of France. The name means "Lower Rhine".  Bas-Rhin is one of the original 83 departments created on 4 March 1790, during the French Revolution.

     In the mid-1790s, following the French occupation of the entire left bank of the Rhine, the northern boundary of the department was extended north beyond the Lauter to the Queich river to include the areas of Annweiler am Trifels, Landau in der Pfalz, Bad Bergzabern, and Wörth am Rhein. However, upon Napoleon's second defeat in 1815, the Congress of Vienna reassigned the areas north of the Lauter to Bavaria; and those territories are now presently located in the neighbouring German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

     The department has twice been incorporated into Germany: from 1871 (after France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War) until the end of World War I in 1918, and again briefly during World War II (from 1940 to 1945).

     The Rhine has always been of great historical and economic importance to the area, and it forms the eastern border of Bas-Rhin. The area is also home to some of the foothills of the Vosges.  To the north of Bas-Rhin lies the Palatinate forest (Pfälzerwald) in the German Land of Rhineland-Palatinate, and the Land of Baden-Württemberg lies to the east. To the south lies the department of Haut-Rhin, the town of Colmar and southern Alsace, and to the west the department of Moselle in Lorraine.

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Surnames

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The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been born, married or died in this location.

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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Banzet;   Brullhard;   Caquelin;   Christman;   Claude;   Cloue;   Gagnier;   Grandgeorge;   Haschelman;   Herriatte;   Loux;   Malaise;   Mareschal;   Marmet;   Morel;   Mougenat;   Muller;   Neuvillers;   Parmentier;   Pinkele;     Ropp;   Thon;   Vonie;   Vouliat;   Werli (Verly)

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

 

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Below you will find information about the arrondissement(s) and the ancestral genealogy sites,

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Arrondissement of Molsheim

Bellefosse

Belmont

Fouday

Neuviller La Roche

Rothau

Solbach

Waldersbach

ARRONDISSEMENT OF MOLSHEIM

PROFILE OF ARRONDISSEMENT: The arrondissement of Molsheim is an arrondissement of France, located in the Bas-Rhin département, in the Alsace région. It has 5 cantons and 69 communes.

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): 

DIRECTIONS TO ADMINISTRATIVE TOWN (sous-préfecture): (see map at Image Gallery), Source: MapQuest

FROM: From: Frankfurt Au Maim Airport, DE 60549; To: Molsheim, FR; Total Est. Time:  2 hours, 25 minutes; Total Est. Distance: 159.00 miles.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):  Arrondissement of Molsheim - WikipediaGenealogy of residents of Ban de la Roche and their legends

BELLEFOSSE

PROFILE OF ANCESTRAL GEN-SITE:  Bellefosse is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern FranceThe communities of Bellefosse, Belmont, Fouday and Waldersbach were merged in 1974 to form the community of Le Ban-de-la-Roche, and were subsequently re-established as independent communities. In 1790 the population was 356 by 1990 this had dropped to115.  The vast majority of the people are Lutheran. The City Hall is located at Mairie, 29 rue Principale, 67130 Belellefosse.

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): Joseph Neuvillers and his wife Anne Ringuelsbach moved to Bellefosse from Switzerland around 1652. Their son Jean Neuvillers and his wife Marie Thon produced at least five known off-spring while living here between 1653 and 1663. They both died at this location he c. 1707 and she c. 1679.     

LOCATION AND COORDINATES: Canton: Schirmeck; Arrondissement: Molsheim;   Département: Bas-Rhin;  Region: Alsace;  Country: France. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png48°24′20″N 7°12′57″E

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): 67026 - Bellefosse - GeneaWiki - [ Translate this page ];  The Communities of Alsace, B;

 Genealogy of residents of Ban de la Roche and their legends

BELMONT

PROFILE OF ANCESTRAL GEN-SITE:  Belmont is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern France.   The community of Belmont was merged in 1974 with  Bellefosse, Fouday and Waldersbach to form the community of Le Ban-de-la-Roche, and were subsequently re-established as independent communities.  Belmont has also been known as Bellmann, Bellemont, and Schoenberg.  In 1790 the population was 400  in 1990 this had dropped to137.  The vast majority of the people are Lutheran. The City Hall is located at Mairie, 30 rue Principale, 67130 Belmont.

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): Odille Verly born here in 1691.

LOCATION AND COORDINATES:  Canton: Schirmeck; Arrondissement: Molsheim;   Département: Bas-Rhin    Region: Alsace;  Country: France.   http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png48°24′38″N 7°14′07″E

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Belmont - GeneaWiki;   The Communities of Alsace, BGenealogy of residents of Ban de la Roche and their legends

FOUDAY

PROFILE OF ANCESTRAL GEN-SITE:  Fouday is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern France.  The community of Fouday was merged in 1974 with  Bellefosse, Belmont and Waldersbach to form the community of Le Ban-de-la-Roche, and were subsequently re-established as independent communities.  Fouday has also been identified as Breusch-Urbach, or Foudai and the  German name for Fouday is Urbach.  In 1790 the population was 183 by 1990 this had increased to 277.  The vast majority of the people are Lutheran. The City Hall is located at Mairie, 45 rue Principale, 67130 Fouday.

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): Many of these families were buried at the church yard in Fouday. Christian Christmann, born here c. 1604.  Catherine Cloue born here c. 1608.  Home of George Christman (c.1569-c.1632), and Nicolas Christman (c.1589-c.1647).

LOCATION AND COORDINATES:  Canton: Schirmeck;  Arrondissement: Molsheim;   Département: Bas-Rhin    Region: Alsace;   Country: France.  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png48°25′18″N 7°11′12″E

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Fouday - GeneaWikiThe Communities of Alsace A-ZFouday - WikipediaGenealogy of residents of Ban de la Roche and their legends

NEUVILLER LA ROCHE

PROFILE OF ANCESTRAL GEN-SITE:  Neuviller-la-Roche is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern France Neuviller or Neuweyler means the new hamlet.  The village was called Nuwilr or Newilr up to about 1450, documents show that it was referred to as Neuweyler in 1581 and Newiller in 1632. Jusqu'à la Renaissance, la commune est liée au Ban de la Roche.      Until the Renaissance, the town is linked to Ban de la Roche. Elle est, en effet, la prop^riété des seigneurs Ratsamhausen zum Stein, qui, à la suite de divers problèmes, vendent le comté aux Veldence en 1580. It was originally the property of the lords Ratsamhausen zum Stein, who as a result of various problems sold this area to the Veldence in 1580.  La production s'industrialise ensuite, prenant peu à peu de l'essor, avant de décliner vers 1960. Prior to 1871, Neuviller-la-Roche was part of the arrondissement of Saint-Dié in the Département des Vosges.   After 1871, the town was called Neuweiler and soon after permanently became Neuviller-la-Roche.  For a long time the local economy was based on textiles, with looms being installed in most of the homes from 1800.  In 1790 the population was 491 by 1990 this had decreased to 334.  City Hall is located at Mairie, 100 rue Principale, 67130 Neuviller-la-Roche. 

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): Marguerite Mougenat born here 1643.  Jean Christman died here in 1737.  Didier Christman married Catherine Vonie here in 1734.  Jean Michael Christman married Marguerite Malaise here in 1735.  Odille Verly married here third husband Pierre Brullhard here in 1726.

LOCATION AND COORDINATES:  Canton: Schirmeck; Arrondissement: Molsheim;   Département: Bas-Rhin    Region: Alsace;   Country: France.  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png48°26′23″N 7°14′23″E

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Neuviller-la-Roche - GeneaWiki;   The Communities of Alsace A-ZNeuviller-la-Roche - WikipediaGenealogy of residents of Ban de la Roche and their legends

ROTHAU

PROFILE OF ANCESTRAL GEN-SITE: Rothau is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern France. The origin of the name Rothau comes from the German words Aue, meadow, and rot, red.  The prefix red, is due to soil composed of sand and red earth   Rothau which is now located in the France's Alsace region on the west bank of the Rhine River.       Between 1795 and 1871 Rothau was part of the Département des Vosges.  In 1790 the population was 510 by 1990 this had increased to 1,583.  The City Hall is located at Mairie, 24 Grand'Rue, 67570 Rothau.

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): Jean Jacques Christman (1693-1721) moved from Solbach to Rothau in 1719 after his marriage to Odille Verly.  It was here that their son Jacob Christman, the immigrant, was born in 1720.   

LOCATION AND COORDINATES:  Canton: Schirmeck;   Arrondissement: Molsheim;   Département: Bas-Rhin    Region: Alsace;   Country: France.  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png48°27′20″N 7°12′33″E

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): 67414 - Rothau - GeneaWiki  [ Translate this page ];   The Communities of Alsace A-ZRothau - Wikipedia; Genealogy of residents of Ban de la Roche and their legends

SOLBACH

PROFILE OF ANCESTRAL GEN-SITE: Solbach is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern France. The name of Solbach comes from the German words Sol, salted, and Bach, stream.  Solbach, a part of Ban de la Roche, is located in a valley parallel to that of Schirgoutte (which crosses Waldersbach). Selon la légende, le village est entièrement détruit pendant la guerre de Trente Ans, et les habitants le reconstruisent plus haut dans le vallon, situé sous le mont Saint-Jean et la Perheux. According to legend, the village is completely destroyed during the Thirty Years' War, and was rebuilt higher up in the valley beneath Mount Saint-Jean and Perheux.  In 1790 the population was 164 by 1990 this had dropped  to only 95.  The vast majority of the people are Lutheran. The City Hall is located at Mairie, 67130 Solbach.

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s):  In 1664, most likely after the death of Christian Nicholas Christman (c.1608-c.1664), the Christman family moved from Barr to the small village Solbach.  It is here that his widow Catherine Cloue died in 1684.  His son Christian Christman and wife Marguerite Mougenat produced at least six known off-spring in Solbach between 1666 and 1680.  Their son Nicholas Christman (1666-1749) married Eve Loux a native of Solbach.  They had at least five children here between 1693-1708.  Nicholas and Eve lived their entire life at Solbach.   Their son Jean Jacques Christman (1693-1721) moved from Solbach to Rothau in 1719. 

LOCATION AND COORDINATES:  Canton: Schirmeck; Arrondissement: Molsheim;   Département: Bas-Rhin    Region: Alsace;   Country: France.  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png48°25′41″N 7°12′07″E

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Solbach - GeneaWiki; The Communities of Alsace A-Z;  Solbach - WikipediaGenealogy of residents of Ban de la Roche and their legends

WALDERSBACH

PROFILE OF ANCESTRAL GEN-SITE:  Waldersbach is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern FranceThe communities of Bellefosse, Belmont, Fouday and Waldersbach were merged in 1974 to form the community of Le Ban-de-la-Roche, and were subsequently re-established as independent communities. Between 1795 and 1871 Waldersbach was part of the Département des Vosges.    In 1790 the population was 346 by 1990 this had dropped  to only 143.  The City Hall is located at Mairie, 17 rue de la Suisse, 67130 Waldersbach.  

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): The church located at Waldersbach was the place where most of the Protestant families married.  Jean Nevillers married Marie Thon here circa 1652.  Christian Christman married  Marguerite Mougenat here in 1664.

LOCATION AND COORDINATES:  Canton: Schirmeck; Arrondissement: Molsheim;   Département: Bas-Rhin    Region: Alsace;   Country: France.  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png48°24′55″N 7°12′51″E

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): 67513 - Waldersbach;  Waldersbach - WikipediaThe Communities of Alsace, W-Z ;   Rediscovering Oberlin ;  Genealogy of residents of Ban de la Roche and their legends

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