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About Me

More than you ever wanted to know about the author of this site.

Ancestors of Eugene Vernon Maas

Ancestors of Norma Lou Harrington


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Beardsley Family History

Descendants of William Beardsley who was born in 1605 and emigrated from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England to Massachusetts in 1635.

Blackwelder Family Tree

Descendants of Jakob Schwarzwalder who was born in Germany in 1594. The name was changed to Blackwelder when they immigrated to North Carolina in the 1700's.


Literature cited and other reference materials and sources.

Cemeteries and Gravestones

Some obituaries, death certificates and a few German birth records also can be accessed on these pages. 12/8/201212/8/2012

Census Records

Federal and State censuses documenting our family ancestors. New as of 4/23/20134/23/2013

Gaston Family Tree

Descendants of Jean Gaston, a Huguenot, who was born about 1600 in France.

Genealogical Research

Genealogical Web Sites

Links to interesting and useful genealogical sites

Glückstal Colonies

The villages of Glückstal, Bergdorf, Kassel, and Neudorf in southern Russia that were founded by German immigrants in the early 1800's.

Harrington Family History

The Harrington family tree begins with Hamilton "Hamp" W. Harrington who was born in either Missouri or Mississippi, possibly in 1821or 1830.

In Memory Of Walter William

Frank Maas, my father, who inspired my interest in discovering our roots and preserving our family history for future generations.

Just Family History

The Just family roots have been traced back to 1772 when Michael Just was born in Markgroeningen, Württemberg, Germany.

Koehler Family History

The Koehler family roots have been traced back to Christian Friedrich Köhler who was born about 1819 in Pommern, Prussia.

Maas Biographies

Short biographies contributed by several Maas descendants of one of their ancestors or relatives.

Maas Family History

Our Maas family history begins with Pagel Maass who was born in the mid 1700's and lived in Lassehne, Kr. Köslin, Pommern, Germany.

Meidinger Family History

A brief history of the Meidinger family beginning about 1627 in Germany, their immigration to Russia in 1831, and later the immigration of the Peter Meidinger family to the United States and their life in North Dakota.

Neipperg, Germany

the village in southern Germany where several generations of Meidingers lived for about 200 years.

Partlow Family Tree

Descendants of John Partlow who was born about 1735–1740 in Scotland, immigrated to America and died about 1797 in Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada.


A brief description and history of the country in which our Maass ancestors lived before immigrating to the United States. Maps of the area showing the villages they came from and some photographs of the villages are listed below.


Histories of our ancestor's Pomeranian villages

Photographs of our ancestor's Pomeranian villages

Photographs of Other Pomeranian villages

Rieck Family History

The earliest Rieck family ancestor is Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Rieck who was born in 1836 in Germany. The Rieck family lived in Hohenselchow, Kreis Randow, Pommern.

Rudolf Family Tree

Descendants of Johann Daniel Rudolph who was born July 25, 1777 in Adersbach, Heidelberg, Baden, Germany.

Schulz Family History

Information about the descendants of Carl and Charlotte (Hartwig) Schulz who lived in Pinnow, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Germany in the 1800's.

Vanderburg Family History

The lineage of Francis Vanderburg who was born in 1750 in Germany and died January 03, 1815 inCabarrus Co., North Carolina.

Voyages to America

SS Allemannia

The steamship that the Heinrich and Johanna Lüdtke family traveled aboard to America.

SS Elbe

George Just traveled from Bremen to New York aboard this Norddeutscher Lloyd steamship in 1884.

SS Havel

Christoph and Barbara Just and their son Friedrich sailed from Bremen aboard the SS Havel and arrived in New York on April 4, 1895.

SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse

The steamship that the Peter and Christina Meidinger family boarded in Bremen, Germany on March 15, 1903 for their trip to New York.

SS Kätie

William and Marie Rieck and their 7-month-old daughter, Hermine, boarded this Stettiner Lloyd steamship in Stettin, Germany for their voyage to New York in April 1882. Description and photo. updated 4/29/20134/29/13

SS Oldenburg

The steamship that the Julius and Emilie Maass family traveled aboard to America. Description and photo.

SS Polynesia

Christian and Caroline Rieck together with his three children and two of her children by a former marriage sailed from Hamburg to America aboard this steamship arriving in New York on June 22, 1883. Description and photo. updated on 4/29/20134/29/13

SS Rhaetia

The steamship that the Carl and Wilhelmine Maass family traveled aboard to America. Description and photo.

SS Werra

The Ludwig and Catharina Rudolf family sailed from Bremen to New York aboard this 2-year-old steamship during October 1884.

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