Ancestry.com offers two views of your ancestors -- one is the standard family tree view, and the other is called the "pedigree" view, maybe the way you see a dog's pedigree? (Bentley's mom/dad, is this correct?) So here's what we see when we look at the Siegler/Hug portion of the tree:
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I'm able to go back 6 generations from me (on the left), all the way to 1742, when EDC's great-great-great-great grandfather, Antonius Bernauer was born (or the 6th GGF of 3ZW). Kind of neat, right? This is just a small portion of the family tree -- I have 497 people recorded at this point! (Not all are Ortman/Berneburgs; some are Wormuths or Earthmans. The Earthman family tree at this point goes back to the time of the Mayflower -- an Earthman ancestor arrived in Virginia just a couple years after the Mayflower landed in Plymouth.)
Let's look at another part. This is a smaller part of the pedigree above.
As I was looking closely at this part this morning so I could get the dates (see below), I noticed something odd -- two little branches went back to the same father, Antonius Bernauer. He had two daughters, Salome (great name, right?) and Anna, sisters, obviously. Their children, Landolin (another great name) and Maria, were first cousins. Each of them had a child that married the other's child -- Benedict and Maria -- so here we have 2nd cousins who married! Though cousin marriage has a long history in Europe (and many other places), during the 1800's they were not more than 3.63% of all unions in Europe (fact from Wikipedia). Interesting, right?
So this morning, I discovered a kind of registry called Rootsweb, where you can enter your family names and (hopefully) hook up with other people who are researching those names. This is what I came up with, so far:
It was pretty complicated -- in addition to putting down the earliest and latest dates the name has in your tree, you have to put where the people came from and where they went. I'll enter more names (when I have the energy) -- we'll see if anyone links up with me!
I'll leave you with a picture of the Christmas Market in Hannover, where the Berneburgs were centered. It's like a farmer's market except with anything related to Christmas -- ornaments, toys, glassware, u.s.w. (in German, und so weiter means "and so on."). I like to imagine Grandpa Berneburg as a small boy going with his family (father Andreas, mother Hermine, brothers Willi and Fritz, and sister Sophie) to look at all the treasures . . . can you imagine it?
Oh, and with a baby picture of Bentley, who really does have a pedigree (I think):
See you next time!