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The Gaertner-Siepen family of Cleveland, Ohio and their relatives in the United States descended from persons living in the Sauerland, a small region of the North-Rhine Westphalia area of Germany that is primarily agricultural. This website presents information gleaned mainly from the following sources: 1) records from Catholic churches in the Sauerland that were microfilmed by the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons); 2.) family research reports from Sr. Mary Lawrence, O.S.U., daughter of Wilhelm Gaertner and Anna Siepen; 3.) information provided by other members of the family, such as August F. Gaertner, Eileen Gaertner, Angela Jilek, and Michael Jilek. I very much appreciate the contributions of information and photos that were made to this project. This site will be updated as more information is made available to me.
In many cases there are two or more names associated with a given family in these records. For example, Caspar Marianus Gaertner has the name Schracke in parentheses after the name Gaertner. The names in parentheses are known as “house names.” They are associated with the residence of the person-- whether a house or a farm--and were very commonly used in the Sauerland. In fact, people were known by their house names rather than their family names. A man who moved to his wife’s residence when they married would take her house name. If she died and he remarried and stayed in the same residence, his new wife would take the house name as well. My way of dealing with this practice has been to include the house names in parentheses and to maintain the family names.
This website is a companion to one I’ve created for my paternal ancestors: www.marydott.com/LeoDiederichMaryTernesRelatives/index.html
I also have a website devoted to my art work:
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