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Dear WETZOLD Cousins

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I am trying to get in contact with any and all people that share the surname WETZOLD! I am trying to trace the family genealogy and know there are at least two (different) lines of this family living in the USA – I would like to get in contact with those of you still living in Germany (or anywhere else) and see if the lines can be traced further back and/or connected.

I am not looking for weird vital information in order to scam anyone – just genealogy info. In this day and age of the internet and Facebook and such I figure it might be easier to connect.

The info. I am looking for is basically what, if any, ancestry information you have. Do you know your grandparents’ names and info? How about your great grandparents? Further back?

What city were you born? Where do you live now?

Have you heard any family stories?

If you are here in America – when did your family get here?

Thank you so much for reading and I hope to hear from you!

My email is starryskye81 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Written by Christine

July 28th, 2014 at 11:43 pm

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Distribution of the surname WETZOLD in Germany

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Distribution of the surname WETZOLD in Germany:

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  • In Germany there are 60 phone book entries with the surname Wetzold and approximately 160 persons with this name.
  • They live in 36 cities and counties . Most occurrences are in Muldentalkreis reported, namely 9.
  • Other counties / cities with lots of occurrences are Unna (5), Lower Silesian and Main-Kinzig-Kreis with 2 entries.
  • Rainer Wetzold comes in Germany is most commonly found. Helga and Ursula are the next often found first name, followed by Theodor Michael , Michael , Brigitte , Bärbel , Uta , Harald and Bernd.

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Written by Christine

July 26th, 2014 at 5:24 am

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Abraham ZWEIGENBAUM and Fanny KARP

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I *finally* have a family photo from my husband Alan’s family to share! I’m tracing my husband’s Jewish roots and I asked one of his uncles to send me scans of any old family photos he might have. So, he took a few snapshots with his phone and sent them via email – but he is also scanning them and sending better copies (and more photos as he finds them!)

His mother Gail (who is my husband’s Grand-Aunt) just turned 100 years old this year!

This photo is of my husband’s Great Grandparents; Fanny KARP and Abraham ZWEIGENBAUM. According to some records they were married in 1908, but according to an Uncle they were married in 1906. Very close so I’m not worried about it right now. I’ll eventually order their certificate.

Abraham was born 03 Mar 1888 in Russia and died bef. 1978 in Woodbine, New Jersey

Fanny/Fannie was born around 1886 in Russia and died aft. 1949 in Bronx, New York

My husband, as well as his father (and uncle) alllll look like Abraham! So exciting to see photos 🙂

Written by Christine

July 19th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

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Did My Ancestors Fight in the American Revolution?

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With Independence Day coming soon I figured I would do a little in-depth research as to who in my family served in the American Revolution. I know there were some on my Mother’s PELTON side because I’ve come across an application for both “Sons of the American Revolution” and “Daughters of the American Revolution.” I’d love some more details about who they were and where they fought! and Fold3 are the websites that I used for the information I’ve gathered. I will cite the actual sources later in the post. The easiest way to start your own research is to figure out which relatives lived in the general time period of the war. In the case of the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence) the years of the war were 1775–1783.  The average age of the soldier’s varied according to this demographics survey – but generally speaking it was around the early to mid-twenties.

The colonies required militia service, generally, of males between sixteen and sixty, excepting clergy, college students, slaves, and, often, free blacks. In Virginia, service by Catholics was forbidden. [source] There were a few outliers of course – Israel Trask, son of a Lieutenant who volunteered and served as a cook’s helper and messenger was 10 years old and Samuel Whittemore was 78 years old.

So, one could assume that, if an ancestor was in between the ages ~16 to ~60 between 1775 and 1783, there was a very high chance they were in the military and therefore, fought in the Revolutionary War.

My Personal Revolutionary War Ancestry

Ithamar PELTON (my 5th great grandfather)
Birth 22 Nov 1740 in Saybrook, Essex, Connecticut
Death 16 Mar 1826 in Middlefield, Hampshire, Massachusetts

According to the D.A.R. Lineage Book (vol. 5) “Ithamar Pelton turned out at the Lexington Alarm and was a sea captain commanding privateers and taking many prizes during the struggle for independence.”

More about the Lexington Alarm

The Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut

Do you have a Revolutionary War ancestor? Please share!



Written by Christine

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:39 pm