thank you for your response. Whilst I am sill trying to add members to my family tree, I find different spelling of our family name before 1600. My ancestors come from an area between Bohemia (today Chech. Republic) right into r Bavaria. They all spelt their name with double 'nn' at the end and the 'o' had the two dots on it (the German "Umlaut") or 'oe'. The other large group stretched from Hamburg right over into the Netherlands and down to Westfalia and Hannover. So far I have found no connection between these two 'Clans'. This made me to investigate the meaning and the origin of our family name. I even spent the $40 to get the book from the "Family Heritage" people (its a waste of money). My ancestors before 1600 spelt their name as "Pohelmann", and much earlier "Buehelmann". According to some experts, 'Buehel' or 'Buehl' means "hill" or small mountain in old German. Could it be the "man" (German 'Mann') living or working on the hill? Maybe they were 'miners' working in the "Iron Ore Mountains" (Erzgebirge) in northern Bohemia. Also Gold was found in these mountains. Only recently an American girl won the "Gold-digging" competition held at these mountains.
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