Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Serendipitous Strassburgers!!

Serendipity has happened to me these last two weeks. I found a microfilm (ordered from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City) with more information that I could have imagined. The film contains birth and marriage records from the very small town of Steeg, in the Rheinland area of Germany. Rheinland (or Rheinland-Pfalz) is the southwest section in Germany. Steeg itself is just west of Bacharach, which is west of Frankfurt.

The records on the microfilm are dated from the 1660's to the 1780's. On the film, I originally expected to find only 5-6 Strassburgers. Instead, I found 16. Plus, I found another 16 Wambachs, part of Wombacher family line. (Of note--I have one Wombacher and one Strassburger who were married in 1881 in Illinois). And--references that led to another 8 microfilms--covering more of the same time period--of which I've ordered from Salt Lake City.  So, to say that I'm drowning in Strassburgers is an understatement. But, the good news is that I've stretched the family line back to the early 1700's, with the possibility of moving into the 1600's. Whew!!

So, now I get a breather until the next round of films arrive....and have a great April!!

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