I think it’s time I put in a reminder of some of our great sources of information about the Dunkelberger family. First, let me assure you I am not using this space to make money. I have no financial interest in any of these three books. Some years ago I purchased the revised edition of “Dunkelbergers in America 1728-1997, edited by Jacqeline B. Nein, with copyright by the organization “Dunkelbergers in America” of Reading, PA. It cost $85 plus postage in 1997. It was purchased from Betty Jacoby of Reading, but she indicated that she would soon give up the job. Perhaps someone from that organization can tell us where the book can now be purchased.. The book is almost 800 pages long and is the culmination of many individual researchers over many years. From the original two brothers, Clemens and Peter, on the Mortonhouse, there are over 7000 descendants listed in such a way that roots of each are shown. Early information in the book about origin of the family in Germany is often erroneous and is corrected in the book by Harry I. Dunkelberger and Dru Sheldon. This was the life-long work of Harry and is a model of genealogical research with proper footnoting and sources throughout. It’s title is “ ‘Dunkelberger Family’: European Origins” Unfortunately Harry died before its completion and Dru Sheldon continued his example of scholarship. Dru is so exemplary she thinks she cannot personally mention the book in web sources, or it would be regarded as “advertising” However if you contact me by e-mail, I will be happy to put you in touch with her. They trace families of several of the wives in that same book. I really think those serious about these roots will be grateful for this great resource. Harry became so interested in the Solingen, Germany area, from which the family originated, he had translated from German a history of Solingen, which Dru also has available.
An example of the information I learned from the “Origins” book is that the Dunkelberger who recently contacted this website from Germany is not necessarily a blood relative of those on the Mortonhouse. The “er” ending simply means “from the place of” as in “New Yorker” or “Berliner”. All of the families in that same area outside
Solinger were not necessarily related.
All three of the above books are copyrighted and represent hours, weeks, years of work, so I do not think it would be ethical of me to answer your questions from them.
I have donated the first two to the Niagara County, NY historical society and Dru has donated the latter two to the Berks County Historical Society.
Sorry to be so wordy. Cousin Kay
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