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To the genealogical project to identify German immigrants to Franklin County, Massachusetts (and beyond) beginning about 1850.


There has been an effort to identify all individuals from Germany starting 1850 and to identify their parents and descendents. Although many stayed in Franklin County some of the individuals and family members of those who stayed moved on to other area of this country. The information presented is with the hope that it will fill the gaps in your research or awaken the desire to begin your own family history project.

Not your normal Genealogy Site

Do not look at this site as you would a normal family website. There are family groups (Family Trees if you prefer that term) plus many single family and single individual records.
As of November 1, 2013 there are 8,879 individuals, 2,808 families with 17,627 events of which 10,697 have citations.
The most popular names are:
Fritz - Haigis - Koch - Luippold - Merz (March) - Oefinger - Pfersich - Rau - Sauter - Sautter (these family names represent 15.0% of the 8,879 individuals).

Help Appreciated

Surly some individuals have been overlook and you will not find them in the study. This is not intentional. Some of the earlier spellings of names just did not lead anywhere. In some cases perhaps I just did not pick them up. I am currently adding obituaries, from my collection, to the respective individuals persons note area. I am about half the way to completion of this task. If you see a note to refer to a media source in the notes area I have not gotten to that individuals obituary. Please check back. If you have information regarding missing data or corrections to existing data I would appreciate hearing from you.


REUM family researchers - get additional information - Contact Frank Reum. e-mail

You might find the Daniel T. Rogers website interesting if researching German surnames; especialy if researching the villages of Weilheim, Waldstetten, Balingen and surrounding villages go to his site:


I wish to acknowledge and thank my cousin David J. Sautter of Warrington, Pennsylvania and Dieter Gaiser of Balingen-Endingen for their assistance in furnishing vital information and support.

If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

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