Hagenbuch Beech Grove

Hagenbuch Migrations 1900 Detail 2

Family On The Move: 1840–1900

Like many Americans, our Hagenbuch family story is about leaving one place for another, often in search of a better life and new opportunities. The first part in this article series followed our family’s story...

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Doughnuts or Fastnachts?

In March of 2017, I wrote an article about Fastnachts, those holeless, wholesome doughnuts that appear every year in parts of Pennsylvania on Shrove Tuesday to usher in the Lenten season. So as not...

Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan Detail 1

Family On The Move: 1800–1840

The first part in this article series followed 300 years of family history from 1500 to 1800, as our Hagenbuch ancestors moved first from Switzerland to Germany and then to America. One line of...

Limestoneville School Class Photo 1911 Detail 1

School Picture Day

An important day in the calendar of public school life was “picture day.” Having taught elementary school and serving as an elementary principal, all told for 35 years, that special day was filled with...

Hagenbuch Family Transatlantic Migrations Detail 1

Family On The Move: 1500–1800

Like many American families, our Hagenbuch family story is one of movement. It began in Switzerland sometime before the 1500s, migrated to what is now Germany in the 1600s, and finally came to America...

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‘Reney, Get Your Hiney Down Here!

School days, school days, Dear old Golden Rule days ‘Reading and ‘riting and ‘rithmetic, Taught to the tune of a hick’ry stick! —Will D. Cobb and Gus Edwards, 1907 Dotted across Pennsylvania are one-room...

Joseph Hagenbuch Post-Chaise 1847 1

Old Newspaper Advertisements

Old newspaper articles and clippings are a great source of information for family research. Sometimes these have been saved in scrapbooks preserved in the Hagenbuch Archives. Other times, they are discovered using online research...

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Württemberg Geography

As we continue to explore the early history of our German ancestors, we have tried to wrap our minds around the geography of the region they lived in during the 17th and 18th centuries....

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Family Recipes: Raisin Cake

In 2016 during a visit to my great aunt, Gloria (Felix) Faus (b. 1931), I collected some of her family recipes. These included a few handwritten by my great grandmother, Minnie (Hilner) Faus (b....