A short while ago, I joined the German Genealogy Group, out of New York State, and of course submitted my surnames to their list. Then last week, a woman emailed me to say that we might be connected through our Heissenbuettel ancestors. At first, I said that must be a mistake, I don't have any Heissenbuettels, but I investigated a bit further and found out that indeed, I did -- they came in with the nearly 40 people I added to the tree when the brick wall around my great-grandmother came down.
She gave me information about where her ancestors lived, and in what time periods, and I looked at the same things with my ancestors. And look at this:
Her ancestors are from Dorfhagen and Heine; mine are from Feldhof. If you notice that the scale is 2 miles/inch, that's pretty close, indeed! So there must be a connection, with that unusual name -- we just don't know what it is, yet.
But it's fun to find someone you even might be connected to, even if it goes back to the early 1700's (which it would). And in the process, I came across a name that has been tickling me ever since -- Hibbel Heissenbuettel. What a name!