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Re: Confusion of Reinhardts
Posted by: Arlene McLennan Date: April 07, 2001 at 09:10:32
In Reply to: Confusion of Reinhardts by Richard Blue of 181

Hello Richard,

Anything is possible. I've been writing to the translator of the German church registers and she's been sending me the Alspach names in the registers already translated. There are several place I will look next, in Germany, Switzerland and France. As soon as I find out anything I'll certainly post it.

I have the church book for Thaleischweiler and there is no mention of any Ohlinger in connection with an Alspach. I would dearly love to know where the Ohlinger name came from. In a Pennsylvania church record I read long ago, there was a photocopy of the page citing Reinhardt Alspach and Anna Magdalena baptizing a child and her name, written in German, could have been almost anything. It looked like Betinger to me. It could have been Oeslinger, Ohlinger, etc. If that's where the Ohlinger name came from, it's pretty slim. The church register's of two different churches give identical information. Reinhardt Alspach -Anna Magdalena Brandstetter marriage appears in the church register at Nunschweiler, Thaleischweiler (which is within sight of Froschen), and again in the state archives. There is also a mention of the marriage in a commemorative book marking several hundred years of the history of Thaleischweiler.

I am left to wonder why Reinhardt was thrown out of his country because he had impregnated Anna Magdalena Brandstetter when this was such a common occurrence at that time. Thaleischweiler was greatly depopulated by the Thirty Years War, (read that as a shortage of men), and illegitimate births were so common they were often recorded in a second book. These books were not a few pages, but big, thick books. This information came from the German genealogist who has done some translations for me. And why, after several hundred years, was the Reinhardt Alspach and Anna Magdalena Brandstetter incident recorded in a commemorative book as something remembered and to be remembered for many years to come. What was so noteworthy about such a common occurrence?


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