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Sunday, January 25, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 4 "Closest to Your Birthday": Monika Ebner

I share my birthday (May 22) with several other family members, including two living ones. My first cousin once removed Sara (who is closer in age to me than my first cousin, her mother) and my aunt Lenora were also born on May 22. My mother's first cousin Joan Elise (Roberts) Lee, who died in 2007, was born on May 22 as well. 

But going back further in time and choosing an actual ancestor, not a collateral relative, the ancestor whose birthday is closest to mine is my 6th-great-grandmother Monika Ebner. Monika was born on 20 May 1740 in Landkreis (County) Waldshut, Baden, Germany. The information about her date of birth comes from the book Familiengeschichte der Gemeinde Görwihl by Helmut Faller. It is possible that 20 May 1740 is the baptismal date; I am not sure what the source of the date was. I have copies of the baptismal records of my great-great-grandparents, who were born in the same region, and they were both baptized on the day that they were born, so 20 May 1740 may be both her date of birth and date of baptism.

Monika was the daughter of Fridolin Ebner and Maria Meyer. Fridolin was from Etzwil (now part of Albbruck), Waldshut, Baden, Germany. Monika may have been born in Etzwihl.

On 26 February 1759, Monika married Blasius Mutter from Rüsswihl (now part of Görwihl), Waldshut, Baden, Germany. Blasius was a widower twenty years her senior. Monika became the stepmother of Blasius' children from his marriage to Magdalena Rüntzi. On 8 July 1760, Monika's first child, Fridolin, was born (or baptized, or both). Blasius and Magdalena had two sons named Fridolin; these children probably died young, and Monika's son Fridolin may have been named after them. He could also have been named after her father. Monika had eight more children in the next sixteen years: Wendelin (19 October 1761), Magdalena (15 June 1763), Monica (30 July 1765), my 5th-great-grandmother Ursula (30 March 1765), Blasius (6 August 1769), Maria Franzisca (10 March 1772), Blasius (23 November 1775), and Monica (13 August 1777). Because two daughters were named Monica and two sons were named Blasius, the first Monica and the first Blasius probably died young.

Monika died on 25 November 1793. She was only 53 years old. Her husband Blasius was a widower once again.

Faller, Helmut. Familiengeschichte der Gemeinde Görwihl. Bad Säckingen: H. Faller, 2000.

Rüsswihl (top left) and Etzwihl (bottom right). Google Maps.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Historic German Newspapers Online

I recently purchased Historic German Newspapers Online. It was compiled by Ernest Thode and published by Genealogical Publishing Company in 2014. The book contains two lists of German-language newspapers: one arranged by current country, place of publication, and title; and the other arranged by title, dates, and key. The key to abbreviations is included at the beginning of the book.

I am 1/4 German, so this book is of great interest to me. I have already begun looking at the newspapers online. I would love to find more information on my family, but even if I do not find their names mentioned, I can still learn more about their communities and about the events of the times.

Ahrweiler Kreisblatt, zugleich Anzeiger für die Städte Remagen und Sinzig, 8 Juni 1862. Available from Universität Bonn.

I have ancestors from Remagen. The above clipping gives me information about train rides in the area.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Treaty of Stockholm, 1720

Map of the Great Northern War (1700–1721), Part 2 1709–1721. 9 February 2010. By S. Bollmann [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

On 21 January 1720, Sweden and Prussia signed the second Treaty of Stockholm. The first Treaty of Stockholm had been signed between Sweden and Hanover on 9 November 1719. These treaties, along with the Treaty of Frederiksborg (signed between Sweden and Denmark-Norway on 3 July 1720) and the Treaty of Nystad (signed between Russia and Sweden on 30 August 1721 O.S. [10 September 1721 N.S.], ended the Great Northern War.

Sweden ceded Swedish Pomerania south of the Peene River and east of the Peenestrom River, the islands of Usedom and Wollin, and the towns of Damm, Gollnow, and Stettin to Prussia.

Great Northern War
Treaties of Stockholm (Great Northern War)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Jeanne D. (Graham) Kowelman

Jeanne D. Graham was born in Missouri on 10 March 1930. She was the daughter of Donald Graham and Virginia Carman. Donald was the son of my great-grandmother's brother Garfield Graham. Jeanne married Norman Kowelman. She died on 6 March 2005 and is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mappy Monday: The German Reich, 1871-1918

Map of the German Reich 1871–1918. Derivative work by Wiggy!, based on Deutsches_Reich1.png by Ziegelbrenner [CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (, GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (],  Available from Wikimedia Commons.

This map shows the German Empire from 1871-1918. The FamilySearch Catalog uses these jurisdictions, so it is important to know these boundaries if you are researching German ancestors.