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Re: Scherrer 1756 and before
Posted by: Kyle Hawkins Date: August 09, 2001 at 16:40:19
In Reply to: Re: Scherrer 1756 and before by Judi Wetzell of 77

Perhaps you misunderstood my question. Where did you get and verify the names and dates of the Scherrers that were alive in the 1750's? Although I am sure you speak perfect German and can remember your great grandparents, this is no guarantee as to the names and birth/death dates of people who were alive nearly 300 years ago. I have been to Saarland, and have looked up a lot of information, but Old German and Modern German are different, and indeed, the Platt Deutsch that is spoken in Saarland flirts with French and is very difficult to understand when spoken, in accent, grammar and pace.
Let's assume that the information passed on to you by your great great grandfather in German was correct. Have you verified it with documentation from the Records kept by Church and State in Saarland in the City of Speyer? Have you a family Bible or other documentation? While it is nice to know that your family was more careful about keeping and passing information down than practically every other family in the US, it would also ebe nice to be able to veify that information. As an example, my mother swore up and down that her mother was born in a particular town in Texas, and her sister disagreed with her. It took us finding her birth certificate to settle the dispute, even though both sisters swore they had heard the truth, and that is just one generation back.
While in Saarland, I actually looked up the Scherrers and it turns out that there are a lot of them in the Oberbexbach/Bexbach/Homburg/Neunkirchen/Limbaugh area. They tend to be two different families. To compound things, there is a third family there named Scherer (with one r) totally unrelated to the first two.
I would be interested to see how you and I are related.

Kyle Hawkins
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University of Missouri
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