Saturday, January 10, 2009

Some Genealogy

As I am coming up on my 500th post I am wanted to share some tidbits of my genealogy. I'll begin with my paternal line. My ancestors immigrated here 10 generations ago from Baden Baden, Germany. I was priveleged to visit there in 1972 when Lynn and I lived in Germany while he was in the service. A beautfiul area, part of the famed Black Forest. Baden Baden today continues to draw thousands of tourists to their healing springs and spas. Known as the playground of the rich and famous it hosts a fabulous casino which we toured on our visit!
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Photobucket Above you see the casino - and it built in the early 1800's. It is truly opulent inside.
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But my ancestors were not involved with the casino.
The environs around BadenBaden are beautifully situated on fertile slopes known also for their vinyards. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
I wouldn't be surprised to learn they were concerned with vinerie. When I saw this figure several years go it spoke to me as if it were some long ago ancestor saying 'Here I am, take me home and celebrate your German heritage"
Photobucket One thing of note our coat of arms is red and gold with a rampant lion on the shield. These flags are seen everywhere as a testament to the history of Baden Wuertemberg. I saw our colors on every street corner.PhotobucketPhotobucketI thank an anonymous commenter who corrected me in my geography and memory of my visit from 36 years ago. I have made a couple of corrections. Let me add I am very proud of my Baden Baden roots and am thrilled I got to experience it first hand.

1 comment:

  1. I have German heritage as well Schotzy. I lived in Baden Baden when I was a little girl. The Black Forest is one of my favourite areas in Germany, along with the Moselle Valley. We often go to Germany on holiday.

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