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This section entitled, "Ancestor Data," contains most of the information that we know about for our European Ancestors. These are the stories of each of our ancestors as we have been able to glean them from the pages of historical records. In many respects this section contains the "who begat whom" information for our family. I have tried to integrate the Ancestor Data section as much as possible with other sections to help tell the full story as we know it about our family members.
As with the other sections of this book a separate index has been included at the beginning of the Ancestor Data, on page 149, to help the reader easily locate any person within the section. In addition, two special indices have been included. One is an "Index of Vocations and Events" which appears on page 147. This index is intended to help the reader discover the vocations and specific events that may be associated with one or more ancestors. The second special index which appears on page 339 is an "Index of Places." These are primarily the places where our ancestors were born, lived or died. Among other things, this Index of Places may help the reader identify ancestors who lived in a common area.
The Ancestor Data are first organized by family surname. The Jung/Young line is presented as the first family line in this section since it is considered to be the 'trunk' of our family tree. Family lines are then introduced in roughly the same order in which they appear on the Composite Family Tree, reading from left to right. This has the advantage of keeping associated family lines approximately together. It also tends to group family lines by their common geography of origin.
Within each surname group individuals are presented chronologically. In most cases, the individuals appear in the same order that they appear in the Family Tree Charts. Also, in most cases all of the people within a given surname group, are related. There are a few exceptions to this latter rule, however. In a few cases a surname will appear in the Family Tree more than once and while the family members of these separate appearances may be related, the relationship has not been proven. An example of this is found in the Rauch family. It is likely that both Rauch lines were related, since they both lived in the same area. But since this relationship has not been proven, they are treated as two separate family lines. Nevertheless, family lines of the Rauch surname are included together in the Rauch surname group. All such occurrences of the appearance of multiple lines of the same surname have been clearly identified.
Some branches are long because we have a lot of information about them. Others are quite short because there is little information. In many cases, these shorter branches represent a family line introduced by a female into the Family Tree and the line has not been researched. I do not intentionally discriminate against the female members of the family. However, the family name does follow the male in most cases so that to track the family line we are compelled to follow the male members of the family. Further, in the past centuries when our ancestors lived, most of the recorded information was on the males of the family and only sparse data were kept on the females.
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Each family line is introduced with a Direct Descendants Outline for that branch. This Descendants Outline provides a quick overview of all the direct ancestors in the surname group.
To help the reader better associate a family line with its place in the Family Tree, each Direct Descendant Outline has been placed over a watermark of the Composite Family Tree. The location of the specific family line being discussed has been emphasized on the watermark to show its position on the Family Tree. The only exception to this approach has been in cases where only a single or maybe two members of a line are known. In these cases, these shorter family lines are mentioned with the family line in which they appear.
Information about specific ancestors comes almost exclusively from church and civil records of their era. The detail varies widely from individual to individual. But in many cases supplemental information was recorded in the church and civil records that gives us a glimpse into the ancestor's life, personality, vocation or some other attribute. To give the reader the benefit of this additional information, I have tried to record all such details in the Ancestor Data section even though the cryptic nature of some notes suggests that their significance have been lost to history. Because of the large number of descendants associated with each surname, this section deals primarily with direct descendants. Having said that, there are a few exceptions to the "direct ancestors" rule. I have included some additional indirect relatives because of their unique story, their importance or the color they add to our family history. An example is the inclusion of a Schied cousin whose wife was executed as a witch.
Throughout this book, an asterisk (*) has been used to identify the given name that the individual was known by. For example, Johann Jakob* Brubach was known by the name of Jakob.
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