[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Cousins diverge, then converge 300 years later
pillango at nwonline.net
Fri Apr 22 13:40:53 PDT 2005
Jerry, What a lovely story. I would love to have the same experience and
find some cousins. Margaret
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From: "Jerry Frank" <FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca>
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Sent: Friday, April 22, 2005 12:01 PM
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Cousins diverge, then converge 300 years
> Want to share a little story with you that came to light yesterday.
> I live in a +55 community in Calgary called Prince of Peace Village. One
> day last fall I was talking to my neighbour across the street, Ivan
> Wagner. Conversation turned to possible common roots and we were
> delighted to discover that our grandmothers were first cousins. Both were
> from the GARTZ family which had migrated from Pomerania to Volhynia in the
> early 1860s and then to Manitoba in the late 1890s. Finding a 3rd cousin
> across the street from me was interesting enough but the story does not
> end there.
> Next step of course was to ask his wife about her origins. Jean's family
> were also Germans who had migrated to the Black Sea region of Russia. Her
> maiden name was KAUL which meant nothing to me, but then she mentioned
> that a grandmother's surname was STEINWAND. My eyebrows raised
> immediately. That name seems like it should be quite common but its not.
> I had previously established a connection between the Steinwands in the
> Black Sea region (later also in the Dakotas) and my ancestor. My
> Steinwand family had migrated to Kochanow, South Prussia (later Russian
> Poland) in 1803 and then on to Volhynia in the early 1830s. Here they
> married into my maternal HEMMINGER family.
> Out came the charts to compare notes. Unfortunately, there were two main
> Steinwand lines that had migrated to the Black Sea region. The first
> which I knew I was related to was very well documented back into
> Wuerttemberg. The second was fairly well documented in Russia but there
> was conflicting info about the person who had migrated and no indication
> of the town of origin. Jean descended from that second line so it looked
> like it might be difficult to establish a relationship.
> So I turned to Mike Rempfer, a Steinwand cousin of mine in Bismarck, North
> Dakota. He too had been stymied by this second group of Steinwands and
> took up the challenge to see if he could uncover their roots. With the
> help of Tom Stangl and using some very new uncatalogued material which
> GRHS had microfilmed in Odessa Archives, he discovered some census
> material which proved that these Steinwands had migrated from Dornhan,
> Wuerttemberg directly to the Odessa region. He then turned to microfilms
> of Dornhan records and found the family including another verifying note
> that the migration had occurred in 1817.
> Mike then traced the line back to the earliest known ancestor, Michael
> Steinwand who had married Anna (?) 15 Oct 1648 in Marschalkenzimmern,
> Wuerttemberg. His son Johannes, born in 1658, married in
> Marschalkenzimmern in 1682, is Jean's ancestor. AND - yes, it's true -
> his son Jacob, born 1660, married 2 km away in Weiden in 1689 is my
> Jean and I are 9th cousins!!!
> Now, I have discovered more distant relationships. A 12th half cousin of
> mine on the Hemminger line lives in Iowa. But what are the odds of anyone
> finding 9th cousins living right across the street from each other? They
> must be astronomical odds.
> 300 hundred years ago our families began to diverge. Today they converge
> on Ascension Bay in Prince of Peace Village!
> Jerry Frank - Calgary, Alberta
> FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca
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