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      Kreis Bergstraße ("Mountain Road") is a Kreis (district) in the south of Hesse, Germany. Neighboring districts are Groß-Gerau, Darmstadt-Dieburg, Odenwaldkreis, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, the urban district Mannheim, the Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis, and the urban district of Worms. Kreis Bergstraße belongs to the Rhine Neckar Area.       The district was created in 1938, when the two former districts Bensheim and Heppenheim were merged.

     The district is located in the Odenwald mountains, with the 517m high Melibokus as the highest elevation. The Bergstraße is a tourist route which leads from Darmstadt to Wiesloch; the northern part of this route goes through the district and gave it its name.



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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families


Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

Attigh;   Beyssel (Beissel);   Wambold;   Zimmerman

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Igelsbach;   Nieder-Liebersbach;   Zwingenberg;     


LOCATION:  Country: Germany;   State: Hesse;   District: Bergstraße;   Municipal Association: Hirschhorn (Neckar);   Place: Iglesbach;   Coordinates/Map: 49°27′0″N 8°54′0″E


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DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE(s):  Igelsbach is a constituent community of Hirschorn along with Langenthal (in the Ulfenbach valley), and Unter-Hainbrunn (in the Finkenbach valley).   Igelsbach is formally known as Hessisch-Igelsbach as opposed to Badisch-Igelsbach which is a part of Eberbach in the neighboring state of Baden-Wurrtemberg. 

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Peter Beyssel Sr. was born here in 1540 and died here in 1580 his son Peter Beyssel Jr. was born here in 1562.  

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Maps, Weather, and Airports for Igelsbach, Germany;  Igelsbach Weather Forecast;   Hirschhorn, Hessen;    Hirschhorn (Neckar) - Wikipedia;   Stadt Hirschorn

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LOCATION:  Country: Germany;   State: Hesse;   District: Bergstraße;   Municipal Association: Birkenau (Odenwald)   Place: Nieder-Liebersbach;   Coordinates/Map: 49° 44′ 4.2″ N, 7° 43′ 30″ E


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DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE(s):  Nieder-Liebersbach is one of Birkenau’s constituent communities (Ortsteile) along with Birkenau, Buchklingen, Hornbach, Kallstadt, Löhrbach, Reisen and Schnorrenbach.  Birkenau borders in the north on the community of Mörlenbach, in the east on the community of Abtsteinach, in the south on the community of Gorxheimertal and in the west on the towns of Weinheim and Hemsbach (both in Rhein-Neckar-Kreis in Baden-Württemberg).  Birkenau had its first documentary mention in 795 in the Lorsch Codex as a cell of the Lorsch Abbey. As one of the Abbey’s holdings, it passed into the ownership of the Archbishopric of Mainz in 1232. The centres of Hornbach and Balzenbach, on the other hand, belonged to Electoral Palatinate, meaning that after the Reformation, they belonged to different denominations. In 1532 the town hall was built, and in 1771 the palace, Schloss Birkenau, of the Lords of Wambolt von Umstadt.  

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Johann Peter Attigh, was born at Nieder-Liebersbach on 08 Aug 1705. 

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Nieder Liebersbach   (Nona Net Map);  Birkenau (Odenwald) - Wikipedia; Nieder Liebersbach Map (Google Maps);  Nieder Liebersbach (map);  Birkenau.De (translated version); Map of Birkenau and related communities

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LOCATION:  Country: Germany;   State: Hesse;   District: Bergstraße;  

Municipal Association: Zwingenberg Place: Zwingenberg;   Coordinates/Map: 49°43′0″N 8°37′0″E

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DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE(s): Zwingenberg lies south of Frankfurt and Darmstadt, and with the granting of town rights coming in 1274 it is the oldest town on the Hessian Bergstraße.  Zwingenberg is made up of the two centres of Zwingenberg with an area of 346 hectares, and Rodau with an area of 215 hectares.  Zwingenberg lies between the community of Alsbach-Hähnlein in Darmstadt-Dieburg in the north and the town of Bensheim in Bergstraße district in the south. In the west Bensheim’s outlying centres of Fehlheim and Langwaden border on the outlying centre of Rodau. In the east Zwingenberg borders on the Melibokus, whose peak lies in the area of Auerbach, an outlying centre of Bensheim. 

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   Johan Peter Wambold died here in 1727 as did his wife Anna Margretha Zimmerman who passed away in 1723.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):  Zwingenberg - Wikipedia; Zwingenberg Map;  Zwingenberg travel guide;  Maps, Weather, and Airports for Zwingenberg, Germany;  Zwingenberg (Official Webpage);  Zwingenberg Historical Society;

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1.      Bensheim

2.      Bürstadt

3.      Heppenheim

4.      Hirschhorn

5.      Lampertheim

6.      Lindenfels

7.      Lorsch

8.      Neckarsteinach

9.      Viernheim

10. Zwingenberg

1.      Abtsteinach

2.      Biblis

3.      Birkenau

4.      Einhausen

5.      Fürth

6.      Gorxheimertal

7.      Grasellenbach

8.      Groß-Rohrheim

9.      Lautertal

10. Mörlenbach

11. Rimbach

12. Wald-Michelbach

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·        The Heppenheim (Bergstraße) Travel Guide


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