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|1||1a. Purf?rst Families of the World - Book Cover Volume One|
|2||1b. Purf?rst Families of the World - Book Cover Volume Two|
|3||1c. Archive Newsletters.|
This is an Archive file on Newsletters sent to family members by the Author of this website research. Topics generally relate to recent genealogy discoveries, research trips and family occurrences.
|4||2. Purf?rst Families of the World|
The documents that list below have been extracted from the two volume, 1800 page history on the Purf?rst Families of the World, currently being developed by the website owner. The contents may be read by activating the associated links. The preceding pictures indicate the covers of those two volumes. The volumes encompass all known worldwide locations of the surname including its Anglicized variations of Purfurst, Purfuerst and Purfeerst. The volumes also include histories on Allied surnames of interest to include Bostwick, Johnson, Keller, Tanguay and Weiss.
The first group of documents provide historical information on such topics as the Purf?rst surname itself, the lands where early families originated and the many German cities where archive or parish records on the families were found.
The second grouping of documents pertain to specific family groups and the locations where a Purf?rst immigrant first established residence after leaving the German homeland. The Histories are listed in alphabetical sequence in acordance with the worldwide geographical location: the America state and the foreign country. The Description column will identify the Surname(s) to which that particular history applies.
Select a Surname from the right column to see the family data associated with the individual as well as any family photographs, if available.
These documents are all in pdf formet requiring the use of the Adobe Reader software. If you do not have the program it can be downloaded free at their website www.adobe.com.
To begin, please activate the above link which will take you to the official book Introduction as well as a summary of the Table of Contents from the two volumes.
|5||2.a The Author's Research Objectives|
These charts depict the Author's direct line ancestors and, as such, thus outlines the research objectives of the Author.
|6||3a. German History|
All of the early Purf?rst ancestors thus far identified lived the southern most areas of the adjacent present-day German states of Saxony and Thuringia, near their common boundary with the German state of Bavaria and the country of The Czech Republic.
This document, beginning in the third century, will provide a history of the European area currently known as Germany.
|7||3b. German History - Purf?rst Surname|
This research has centered on the families whose surnames are an Anglicization of the original surname of Purf?rst, which exists in Germany yet today.
The Purf?rst name is a ?High German? variation of the original name Burgf?rst. The term ?High German? applies to dialects spoken in areas of Germany south of an imaginary geographic line extending from the French border near Strasburg to the German city of Hof on The Czech Republic border.
The surname Burgf?rst is known to have existed as early as the year 1321 and translates to ?The First Man on The Castle?, usually a Knight serving a king or duke. For a commoner it could simply mean a man who lived at the top (the ?First?) of the hill.
This document will describe the history of the areas in which the ancestors lived as well as the history behind the surname.
|8||3c. German History - Nobility|
Family lore resulting from the research of a Purf?rst family that had emigrated to London told that the Purf?rst surname evolved from the name Von Purf?rsling. An American census record pertaining to a later family residing in Brooklyn reflected the name of Van Barfurst
The German system of nobility is quite different from the English system with which most Americans are familiar.
This document will detail the German nobility concept and explain how it applies to the Purf?rst surname.
|9||3d.German History - City of Neustadt an der Orla, Germany.|
Many of the Purf?rst family members who immigrated to America once lived in and around the Saxony village of Neustadt an der Orla, Grand Duchy Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach. The village is located in the present-day German state of Thuringia.
This document will provide the history of that village.
|10||3e. German History - St Johannis the Baptist Evangelical Church, Neustadt, Germany.|
All of the Purf?rst family members residing in the village of Neustadt, a/O Germany attended St Johannis the Baptist Evangelical Lutheran Church. The contents of the Parish baptism, marriage and burial registers date back to the year 1600 and revealed considerable information on our ancestors.
This document will provide history of the family church.
Also see the following history on Dr. Martin Luther who was the area Vicar and conducted services in the family church.
|11||3f. German History - Dr. Martin Luther
Many of our German ancestors came from the German village of Neustadt an der Orla. Dr. Martin Luther was the district Vicar of ten Thuringan monasteries during the period 1515-1518, including the one at Neustadt. In the performance of this function he would have visited Neustadt many times. On at least one occasion, August 23, 1524, he was known to have preached within the family church which was for purposes of counteracting a nearby minister who was causing unrest.
This document will cover the life of Dr. Luther and his Relgious Reformation.
|12||3g. German History - Purf?rst Migration Patterns |
The majority of emigrants to America from central and central-eastern Europe passed through the ports of Bremen and Hamburg. The great majority of Germans left by ?direct? passage to their foreign destination. However, over 35% of them went by ?indirect? passage via England.
This document will describe the migration routes and the travel hardships undertaken by our ancestors.
This document will also identify specific immigration information concerning every Purfurst emigrant such as their sailing vessel, port and date of entry, etc.
|13||3h. Research trip to Germany|
In the year 2001 a three week research trip to Germany was conducted by the website owner. This document describes the resultant observations and successes.
To the end of the article are a series of maps depicting the research area where historical records of family members were found.
|14||3i. Purf?rst Families Residing in Germany.|
The listings within this document identify the Purf?rst family members who were residents of the 60 plus German villages and cities which are listed in alphabetical sequence.
Unless otherwise indicated this information was taken from actual German parish baptism, marriage or burial registers or city archive records. Most information was gathered in conjunction with the 2001 research trip outlined in the previous document.
|15||3j. Biblical Genealogy
......... and .........
Connection to American Presidents and European Monarchs|
Some people trace their ancestors to satisfy a requirement of their religion while others do it to satisfy their own curiosity. Regardless of the reason, the ultimate is to be able to trace your ancestors back to the creation of Adam.
This document accomplishes that objective.
The author's ancestors began arriving in early in the colonial period (1630 -). Subsequent American-born descendants of those emigrant ancestors included 14 Presidents of the United States, signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as well as numerous notable citizens such as aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright, Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee and General of the Army Douglas McArthur.
Those same 17th century emigrant ancestors left behind in their home nations, unbroken ancestral lines that stretched back to Constitutional and Absolute Monarchy rulers in various European nations. Succession to the throne in those nations was typically hereditary. Therefore, identifying one occupant of the throne will generally identify the preceding and subsequent occupants of that throne. For they and others select from the adjacent column:
* Ferqus Mo MacErca, 1st King of Scotland, 131st King of Ireland (501- )
* Charlemagne, King of the Franks (predecessor to France) (742-813)
* William, I, "William the Conqueror", King of England (1028-1087)
* Isabella, Queen of Spain (1451-1504) - Sponsored Christopher Columbus
* Myles Standish (1584-1656) - Captain of the Mayflower
* Arthur Bostock (1603-1680) - Gr x 9 Great-Grandfather
* Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (1743-1826)
* Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England (1874-1965)
* Princess Diana Spencer (1961-1997)
|16||3k. Research Credits|
This document identifies many of the people, places and publications that made the family research possible.
|17||CANADA - Jean Tanguay & Marie Brochu.|
Jean Tanguay .................................Province of Quebec, Canada.
Major allied families include.....BLAIS, BOISSONEAU, BOUTIN, COLLET, CURRIER, DION, DUBEAU, DUFFENY, DUMOLTE, FLEURY, FORTIER, GAGNE, GOULETTE, LACROIX, LAMARCHE, LEBLANC, MATHON, MERCIER, MIGNAULT, MORISSET, RENAULT, RIVARD, ROY, VASSAR.
|18||CANADA - Reinhard Arno Purf?rst and Klare Schriever|
a.k.a. - Reinhardt Purfurst ..................... Ontario, Canada.
Major allied families include .... ARTUSO, MCHAFFIE and SANDERS.
|19||CONNECTICUT - Arthur Bostock and Jane Whittel. |
a.k.a. - Arthur Bostwick ........................ Stratford, Connecticut.
Major allied families include......ALLEN, BENEDICT, CANFIELD, CLARK, COLE, COLLINS, CURTIS, DUNN, EDDY, FORD, HALL, HUNTINGTON, JOHNSON, KELLOGG, LANE, LAWRENCE, LEWIS, MILLER, MOORE, NICHOLS, NORTHROP, PARKER, REED, RUGGLES, STRONG, TAYLOR, WARNER.
This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's Great-Grandmother, Hannah (Bostwick) Johnson.
|20||ENGLAND - Wilhelm August Eugen Purf?rst, Sr. and Charlotte Humphreys|
a.k.a. - William Purfurst ....................... London, England.
Major allied families include ........ BARRETT, CUMINGS, CURTIS, FRYER, HARVEY, PIGGOTT, PRICE, ROBERTS, SENNITT, SIMPSON, TINSON.
|21||HAWAII - August Bernard Purf?rst |
a.k.a. - Augustus B. Purfurst ................. Hilo, Hawaii.
|22||ILLINOIS - Arno Walter Purf?rst and Theresa Peterson.|
a.k.a. - Walter Purfurst .................... Chicago,Illinois
Major allied families include.............FITTIG, PETERSON.
|23||INDIANA - Carl Friedrich August Purf?rst and Pauline Augustine Rachold |
a.k.a. - Charles Purfeerst ......................... Covington, Indiana
Major allied families include .....EVANS.
This family group constitutes the ancestors for the Author's Great-Uncle, Charles August Purfeerst.
|24||INDIANA - Johann Friedrich Purf?rst and Catherine Aubart|
a.k.a. - Frederick Purfeerst ..................... Covington, Indiana.
Major allied families include........ANDERSON, BOORD, CLEMENTS, COLLINS, ELLENBARGER, FLORY, GIGGEY, GOODWIN, GRAHAM, HILL, HUGHES, KNAUFF, MERRYMAN, MILLER, MORRIS, MURPHY, NEWBY, OREBAUGH, REILLY, WHITE, WITTSMANWUEST, YEAGY, YOUNGBLOOD.
This family group constitutes the ancestors for the Author's Great-Uncle, Frederick Purfeerst.
|25||MINNESOTA - Carl Friedrich Hermann Purf?rst and Elizabeth Schmidt-Sherning |
a.k.a. - Herman Purfeerst ................. Owatonna, Minnesota
Major allied families include....BURT, HILDMAN, NADEAU, OLNEY, SHERNING.
This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's Great-Uncle, Herman Purfeerst.
|26||MINNESOTA - Karl Friedrich Ernst Purf?rst and Mary Jane Brown |
a.k.a. - Charles Purfeerst ................... Faribault, Minnesota
Major allied families include......AERNS, BAUER, BETZEL, BIERSDORF, BOSTWICK, BROWN, BUNCE, BYRNES, CARPENTER, CRUIKSHANK, DAUSER, DEGROSS, DEIKE, DERIVAN, DUBEAU, DURAND, EGAN, GATZKE, GUILBAULT, HACHFIELD, HACKET, HANSON, HORTOP, JOHNSON, KAISER, KNAPP, KARP, KELLEY, KEMMESAT, KENNEY, LENWAY, LINEHAM, LOBSINGER, MAROSE, MEYER, MOOS, MURPHY, NEAS, O'CONNELL, PAQUETT, SCHIFFNER, SCHOMMER, SCHWARTZ, SCHLIPP, SLINGER, STEICHEN, STICHA, STUBBS, SWANGER, TAPLIN, THOM, WEISS, ZABEL.
This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's Great-Grandfather Charles Ernest Purfeerst as well as the author's Grandfather, Harmon Francis Purfeerst.
|27||MISSOURI - Johann Friedrich Jacob Purf?rst and Karoline Henriette Gentsch |
a.k.a. - Frederick Purfurst .................... St Louis, Missouri
Major surname connections include....... BERG, BRAUER, BYLER, ECHELMEIER, FRANKS, HATFIELD, KIDERLEN, KRETZSCHMAR, MEYER, NORTH, OXFORD, PREHN, SCHUBERT, SCHURICHT, THOELKE, TRAUTMANN, WHITAKER.
|28||NETHERLANDS - Gustav Adolph Purf?rst and Maria Van Vulpen |
a.k.a. - Gustav Purf?rst........................ Nijmegen, Netherlands
Major allied families include...... STREUNISSEN, VAN DURREN, VAN WIJTJE, VAN VULPEN.
|29||NEW JERSEY - Gustav Albin Purf?rst and Anna Louise Schmalfuss|
a.k.a. - Gustav Purfuerst ...................... Garfield, New Jersey.
Major allied families include .... HAGER, BURRITT.
|30||NEW JERSEY - Johann David Ernst Purf?rst and Christliebe Wilhelmine Seltmann|
a.k.a. - Ernest Purfurst ........................ Newark, New Jersey
Major surname connections include ..... GLOECKLER, LEUPOLD, LIEBECK, LOEFFLER, MEYER, M?LLER, SCHMELZLE, STRAUCH.
This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's Great-Great-Grandfather, Ernest Purfurst as well as the ancestors for the Author's Great-Aunts, Paulina (Purfurst) Leupoldt and Ida (Purfurst) Liebeck.
|31||NEW YORK - Barent and Aeltie Driessen, later Johnson.|
a.k.a. - Brent Johnson, Kings County, Long Island, New York.
The early Dutch generations systematically used patronymics in their naming patterns where the name of an ancestor was added as a suffix or a prefix to children's names in order to show descent. Barent Driessen's son became Jan Brentsen; whose son became Berent Jansen; whose son became Barent Johnson. (The Dutch given names of Jan and John are interchangeable).
Major surname connections families include GULICK, SCHENCK, STILLWELL, TERHUNE, VAN PELT, VAN VOORHEES AND WYCKOFF.
This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's grandmother, Jennie June Johnson.
|32||NEW YORK ..... and..... ENGLAND .....|
Heinrich Julius Purf?rst, Sr. and Amelia Oefer
a.k.a. - Henry Purfurst .. Brooklyn & Manhattan, New York .. and .. London, England...
Major allied families include ...... BACA, EARHART, HAGGSTROM, LANE, LITTLE, MIZE, MOSBACHER, PRUITT, WALSH.
|33||NORTH DAKOTA - Christian Albrecht Keller & Katherine Caroline Heck |
....... and.......Wilhelm Weiss & Karoline Catherine Keller.
a.k.a - Chris Keller ..................... New Salem North Dakota ................... and .......................
a.k.a. - William Weiss ..................New Salem, North Dakota
Major allied families include .... ALBRECHT, BECKER, BETHKE, BUMANN, CONITZ ,DETTMANN, ENGELTER, FREISE, GAEBE, GIESE, HEID, HELD, HOESEL, HOLLE, JOERSZ, JUST, KAELBERER, KLATT, KLUSMANN, KNIRCK, KULLER, KUNKEL, KUNZ, MAIER, MOLTZEN, MONSON, NORTON, RASCH, REUTHER, SHELTON, TELLMANN, THIEL, TOEPKE, VOLLRATH, WALDE, WERCHAU.
This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's Grandmother, Karoline (Keller) Weiss as well the Author's Grandfather, William Weiss.
|34||NORTH DAKOTA - Friedrich Albert Kunz and Hulda Clementine Purf?rst |
a.k.a. - Fred and Hulda Kunz ......... New Salem, North Dakota
Major allied families include ...... ALTENBURG, GOLDE, HOESEL, JUST, MOEBIUS, TAVIS.
|35||SWEDEN - Werner Alfred Purf?rst and Minna Herta Kramer|
Werner Alfred Purf?rst .........................Karlkrona, Blekinge, SwedenMajor allied families include....... ANDERSSON, KEMVIK, MALMO, MANSDOTTER, OLAFSDOTTER, OLSSON.
|36||TEXAS - Ernst August Purf?rst and Anna Engst|
a.k.a - Ernest Purfurst ......................... Houston, Texas
Major allied families include ..........ARD, FATHEREE, JENNINGS, MONTGOMERY, PETERSON, RIVERS, UFER.
|37||WISCONSIN - Anton Purf?rst and Hermine Kupfer (and later Bertha Fick)|
a.k.a. - Anton Purfuerst ....................... Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Major allied families include .... DIPPEL, FICK, KNIES, KRULL, KUPFER.
|38||WISCONSIN - Christian Friedrich Purf?rst and Auguste Geier |
a.k.a. - Maria Purfuerst ........................ Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Major allied families include ..... BOLAND, HENNING, KNUTH, KRIEGER, KUNZE, MAEGLI, PERGANDI, SCHULTZ, SCHUTTEL, TANK, WOLTERS, WEISS.
|39||WW1. OTHER - Germany - Military War Dead|
This documents lists Purf?rst family members who, as German military personnel, died during World War One and World War Two military action.
|40||WW2. OTHER - Finland - Military War Dead|
This document concerns Carl Wilhelm Alfred Purf?rst who, as a member of the Germany military, died during an intervention into Finland.
|41||WW3. Other Worldwide Purf?rst Families |
This document identifies other Purf?rst individuals throughout the world for whom research efforts have failed to result in a connection to the Purf?rst Family Tree.
|42||WWW3. OTHER - New York City|
This document pertains to Celeste Purf?rst of New York City.
|43||Z2a. Arnshaugk, Germany|
Ancestral Purf?rst Families in a area surrounding the castle of Arnshaugk
Major allied families include...... DA?MEL, G?NTHER.
|44||Z2b. Berlin, Germany|
Ancestral Purf?rst Families in the German City of Berlin
Major allied families include...... SZAMEIDAT.
|45||Z2c. Burkersdorf, Germany|
Ancestral Purf?rst Families in the German Village of Burkersdorf
Major allied families include...... GRABE, GRIESER, K?RNER, LOCHER, NIEDLIN, OEHNER, SACHS.
Ancestral Purf?rst Families in the German Village of Cottbus.
|47||Z2e. Crispendorf, Germany|
Ancestral Purf?rst Families in the German Village of Crispendorf
Major allied families include...... FRANK, FRITZ.
|48||Z2f. Crossen, Germany|
Ancestral Purf?rst Families in the German Village of Crossen.
Major allied families include...... BURGHOLD, HORSCH, SUCH.
|49||Z2g. Dittersdorf, Germany|
Ancestral Purf?rst Families in the German Village of Dittersdorf
Major allied families include....... B?CHEL , FELSCHNER, FIEDLER, GEORG, GLASER, GOTZ, HORN, KNOCH, LAPOM, LASSCKER, LEITHIGER, LOCHER, MEYER, OBERLANDER, OSPRECHT, POHLEN ROSNER, R?DELS, SCHAUERAMMER, STEINM?LLER.
|50||Z3a. Gravenwarth, Germany|
Ancestral Purf?rst Families in the German Village of Gravenwarth.
Major allied families include...... BECHER, FR?HLICH, JACOB, JAHN, KOBER, K?HLER, KR?NKEL, RUSS, WEZEL.