Hagenbuch Beech Grove

Delaware Run School Detail 1926 8

‘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...

Grossgartach, Germany Illustration 4

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....

Raisin Cake Detail 6

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....

Christmas Morn 1880 Detail 2

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Lately, we’ve heard the advice to “stay home for the holidays” and help prevent the spread of Covid-19. While many bemoan being stuck in their houses this year, let’s remember that for some being...

Plague Mask Detail 5

Plagues, Wars, and Despair

Although we know more than ever about Andreas Hagenbuch (b. 1715) and his family in Berks County, his early life in Germany, before he came to America in 1737, is shrouded in mystery. Information...

Joan Kathleen Hagenbuch 1944 6

Two Little Girls

It began with two photos. Two little girls dressed in the 1940s fashion—hooded coats, snow pants, and woolen leggings. The girls, Kathleen Hagenbuch and Joan Hagenbuch, were somehow related, and the photos were probably...