German Origins

Where is Hanau?

By Maggie Hein | February 13, 2021 | German Origins

Where is Hanau?  That might seem like a silly question.  Anyone with a computer can search for "Hanau" and learn that it is a city in Germany, just east of Frankfurt.  "Hanau" might also refer to a region in Hessen that was formerly known as the County of Hanau.

But this is Volga German genealogy research, and it isn't always that simple.

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What do these four places have in common?

By Maggie Hein | January 15, 2021 | German Origins

What do these four places have in common?

  • Gebershein, Hanau 
  • Heckeberg, Hanau 
  • Höhenbergheim, Hanau 
  • Deckerbergheim, Hanau 

You will not find villages with these names on a map of Germany.  In spite of that fact, all four of these places appear in the published translations of the First Settler’s Lists.  “Gebershein" and “Heckeberg” are reported as origin locations on the Kolb First Settler’s List, and “Höhenbergheim” and “Deckerbergheim” are reported as origin locations on the Walter First Settler’s List. 

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