Kerstetter Family Genealogy Forum
Along with my Uncle Alvin K, and Aunt Thelma K, I have been assembling Kerstetter geneology info on and off for the last ten years or so. We are all part of the family that settled in the area just West of the Susquahana River around 1780, moving from around Annville (Lancaster County), where our ancestors first settled when they immigrated from Ober Gimpern (near the Neckar River, in what is now Germany). My information has it that the only Kerstetter (Kaerstatter) imigrants to the US were Johann Martin K and his wife Dorothea Frye, who arrived on the Dutch ship "Molly" in 1727. Johann Martin & Dorothea married earlier that same year in a church in Ober Gimpern, where the church records reportedly state "they are going to Pennsylvania". They were both in their thirties when they married and traveled to the US. I have detailed information on the last six or eight generations of my part of the family, plus some basic understanding of the older generations, back to the parents of our immigrant ancestors. I understand that , five or ten years back, a Kerstetter in Vancouver wrote a book covering our early years in the US, but I have never been able to find a copy of that book. If anyone knows where I can buy or borrow a copy, please let me know. Further, I would like to work with other interested family members in assembling a full family tree of all descendants of our immigrant ancestors, and making it available to all. Even more important, I am interested in assembling copies of any and all family documents, photos, facts and stories of importance to our family history, so that we all can get to know our ancestors as more than an entry on a computer database, and understand the times our ancestors lived in, and the changes and moves that occurred over time. When information becomes available, I intend to share it with all interested parties, without charge. For anyone who cares to participate or contribute in this volunteer effort, I hereby solicit your help. This is a very large task, which will be completed by assembling the results of many steps, small and large. Whatever you have, please share. Also, please include your personal email address, so that I can assemble a Kerstetter Family Project mailing list, and when you respond to this message, please copy me on my personal email address as well.
Regards, Ralph A. Kerstetter, Berkeley, CA