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Wooster German Lutheran and Reformed Church Birth and Baptism Records of Wayne County, Ohio
1819 – 1854

Alphabetical List
This alphabetical list has been reconstructed from the original Register of Births and Baptisms of the German Church of Wooster, Ohio. WCCPS has added occasional notes to help researchers who are not familiar with the early German names and families of Wayne County. Some of the family names below are recognized as being well established in Wayne and the surrounding counties, while some of the names are unfamiliar. Many of these families whose names are not known today only stayed here long enough to have a child or two baptized in the German Church before migrating west or their offspring were females who left no trace of their family name after marriage.

Wooster’s German Church started in 1819 and included both the Lutheran and the Reformed congregations. The records appear to take in a number of family names related to many of the later Lutheran and Reformed Churches that developed in the surrounding townships long before 1854 when these records stopped. Reverends Sonnedecker and Weygandt are well known for establishing quite a number of churches in this part of the state.

These birth and baptism records were originally written in old German script, which includes a few of the umlaut letters unique to the German Alphabet. Those “special” umlaut letters and some of the German combinations of our commonly used letters in both languages caused some of the names to be pronounced differently from what an English speaking person would expect today so, keep in mind the differences in spelling and pronunciation while looking over this list. Also, note that different ministers had various spellings of even the common names.

In these records, a ^ will be present if the original writing was difficult to read. An * will appear if a correction or addition has been made by WCCPS and a > will refer you to the “Notes” space at the end of the line.

Hopefully, this list of names will be of some help to those of you who are trying to re-construct your early Wayne County families. In my personal experience, this “little known and rarely used” list is what furnished the conclusive evidence that finally made the solid connection between my early Wayne County family and their ancestors of central Pennsylvania.