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German Immigrants in American Church Records - Vol. 31: Southern Ohio Protestant; Edited by Roger P. Minert; Ph.D., A.G.; October 2020; 630 pp; Hard Cover; Every-name index; Acid Free Paper; ISBN 978-1-62859-267-2; Item #FR0667.

Dr. Minert and a team of researchers at BYU are currently involved in a project wherein they read and extract Americans' German vital records from historic local church vital records. These church records often pinpoint German origins in the "old country." Places and dates of birth, marriage, and previous residence in Germany are commonly found in these records. Dr. Minert estimates that 65-76 percent of historic local church records give an immigrant's exact place of birth. Entries found in the volumes include people born in Switzerland and Austria.

Please note that there is a 4,211-surname index to this book at the end of this entry.

Typical entries from the Berg Church Fearing Twp., Washington Co., Ohio are as follows:

Volume 31 covers twenty-four churches found in Southern Ohio. Ten of twenty-one counties in the region had records that were transcribed in this volume. The following list is made up of those counties. In parentheses is the number of churches covered for the county: Hamilton (6), Hocking (2), Meigs (1), Morgan (1), Muskingham (2), Noble (1), Pike (1), Ross (1), Scioto (1), Washington (8).

  • Jakob Theobald b. Godelhausen, Pfalz, Bayern 24 June 1823; son of Daniel Theobald and Catharine Ensmenger; d. Fearing Twp., OH 9 Feb 1885, age 61-7-15; bur. Fearing Twp.; m. USA Fall 1847, Margaretha Wagner. He immigrated in 1846. Ref: p. 211.

  • Anna Elisabeth Catharine Zumbro b. Sötern, Oldenburg 1 Aug 1809; dau of Franz Zumbro and Anna Elisabeth Schneider; d. Fearing Twp., OH 26 March 1885, age 75-7-25; bur. Fearing Twp; m. Sötern, Oldenburg, Carl Reitenbach; 2m. 1854, Jakob Noe She immigrated in 1854. Ref: pp. 212-213.


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