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Heinlein Genealogy

This is the Heinlein Pittsburgh Story. The story begins when several Heinleins from the village of Schornweisach, including John and his sons, decided to leave Bavaria in 1883 and to settle in the Pittsburgh area, because they didn't want to be drafted into the Prussian army. The story comes from Ed’s trip to Bavaria in the summer of 1971, from genealogical research by (ProGenealogists), from research by the "Society for Family Research in Franconia" (Nuremberg, Bavaria), and from conversations with Carl and Gertrude Heinlein (Ed's grandparents). The Sidebar shows significant ancestors in Ed's family tree.

  • Supplemental information is needed to help you understand the story.
    • History plays an important role in the story.
      1. European history
      2. Effect of the 30 Years War
    • Geography also plays an important role in the story.
      1. German geography
        • Emigration seaports of Hamburg and Bremen
      2. Where is Bavaria, Germany?
      3. Bavarian connections
        • "between Abtsgreuth and Neustadt an der Aisch"
        • Gleißenberg influence
        • Scherzer family (Leonard and John)
      4. City, town and villages in Middle Franconia
  • Do you remember: Who were the Heinleins? (Conrad, John, Mikel John, Jim)
  • Summary:
    • How close were the Heinleins for things to be different in Bavaria?
    • Heinleins came from an area of Bavaria, which is deep in medieval history, which was greatly affected by the 30 Years War, and which is located close to the historical and Christmas Market town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

✽ - descendants of John and Margaret Wacker (Wachter) Heinlein.