One of the new families (something like Kionl, need help here) married members of two other of our already known ancestor families: Müller and Widmann. The names may be more readable and understandable on the birth records. This keeps robbing us of ancestors, when two separate branches join. This also keeps making us cousins to ourselves.
I'm also finding that many of the records on the microfilm are in pretty bad shape and are almost unreadable after copying. So, if a good record is needed, it will be necessary to write to the church in Germany and ask for a copy from them. From my experience last year, even if the microfim is in bad shape, the original books may be clear.
On the same website I was surprised to see someone looking for Helds in Zabern, Alsaß. Our link to the Helds of Zabern is through Philipp Joachim Held who married Magdalena Wanner of Sindelfingen. Magdalena's mother was Maria Dorothea Höld/Held (a different Held line), a decendent of Adolf Höld of Zabern, Alsaß. The person turned out to be Ed Maul, who I have had several communications with over a book he owns called "Sindelfinger Familien." Ed has previously sent me many pages from the book that might contain family connections: Held, Wanner, Klein, Widmann, and Mitschelen. I sent an email to him asking about his Helds from Zabern. He called me back that evening and we chatted about the connection. It seems his connection to the Helds of Zabern are all through marriage, no direct line.
I also checked the Wanner name and saw several people were interested in Wanners from Weil Im Schoenbuch. Weil Im Schoenbuch is a village only a couple miles from Sindelfingen/Böblingen. It is one of the several villages noted in "Sindelfinger Familien" as being the residences to our Sindelfingen relatives. I sent an email to each of them suggesting they look at the ortsippenbucher for Sindelfingen. So far only one responded, Nick Rudnick of Welzheim, Germany, he thanked me for the lead and will get the book when he goes to the Stuttgart Archive next week. (He was amused by my description of driving on the Autobahn on my webpage.)
It's a good thing I've changed my recordkeeping system to be ahnentafel numbers. At least this way there is a filing number for each individual.
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