The past needs a voice. This website is dedicated to highlighting the stories that have gone silent. Those
tales are no longer lost.
Our ancestors shared similar paths. They traveled from the old country to the
new. They dealt with hardships in strange cities and homesteads. They made their way through hard and lean
times. You're here because of them. This is a resource to celebrate their lives and all that we've found out
about them through research and documents.
If your background includes any of our featured surnames, please feel free to check out these links at
your leisure. You may find something of interest. Maybe a connection to your family?
Each featured surname has its own history page with as many of the family details as we know. Links to
relevant documents are included. Explore, enjoy...and if you have any questions at all, please drop us a line.
Latest updates: New photos from Petersen relatives were added on June 28, 2015. New Laurent and Lorentz
information has been added August 8, 2014 to the All Names table, with updates to our Müller page on July
16, 2014. New documents related to our Laurent/Lorentz line were uploaded on February 4, 2014. If you see
any likely matches from your own family history or need to reach the webmaster, please click Contact above
and drop us a note.
As the great sage once said, "Everything is illuminated in the light of the past."