Hi Jutta, I might be able to help you a bit here.
I strongly suspect that the village you call Gimbsheim in your note is in fact the village of my ancestors whose
correct spelling is Gambsheim. It is in the French region of Alsace in the departement called Bas-Rhin.
The village is 10 Kms north of Strasbourg alongside the Rhine river (which is the border with Germany).
The region of Alsace as been for a long part of its history disputed between France and Germany so when
you do research on Ancestors coming from that region you must search for then both as French or German
natives because depending when tey were born their village was in France or in Germany.
I am myself researching various families who emigrated from Gambsheim to the USA during the 19th century. In particular some members of the Keller, Huss, Schneider and Scherrer families from Gambsheim settled in
Elsah, Illinois around 1853. So I guess your Scherrer Michel might be one of their relatives.
Go onto www.familysearch.org and do a search on the International Genealogical Index, selecting "continental
Europe" as the region and "France" as the country to search + the surname "Scherrer".
You'll quickly find lots of them in Gambsheim and in Weyersheim (next to Gambsheim).
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