is planned to fully translate this web-site into English, French and
Dutch. For the moment however, only this index page has been
translated. To help navigate through this site, it will be useful to
remember the following phrases and symbols:
* = born oo = married + =
"zurück to top" =
back to the top
"zurück zur Auswahl"
= back to this page
If you have any specific
questions about particular people, don't hesitate to contact me.
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paternal ancestors are predominately from Saxony-Anhalt, on the
maternal side they are almost exclusively from Silesia. The Vogels were
called Soya until the middle of the 19th century. My
great-great-grandfather - son of a Moravian immigrant - changed his
name and religion when he moved from Memel in Eastern Prussia to the
small Neumark town of Driesen-Kietz. Other that that the Soyas can be
traced back to the town of Bojkovice in Moravia, where they were
resident for at least a century. But the name is not really common
there either, give cause to the presumption, that they immigrated there
The ancestors of my paternal grandmother - Hannah née Berendes -
are mostly from Saxony-Anhalt. Paternally from the area
Wernigerode-Halberstadt-Quedlinburg, and maternally from the Halle area
in eastern Saxony-Anhalt. The grandmother of Hannah, Hermine von
Blücher, is the "reason" that we can trace our ancestors back to
Charlemagne and beyond.
ancestors of my mother didn't move around nearly as much as those of my
father. The ancestors of my grandfather are mainly from the Kreis
Leobschütz in Upper Silesia, some from the industrial town of
Bismarckhütte, also Upper Silesia. The paternal ancestors of my
grandmother are from Klein Zöllnig in the Kreis Oels, Central
Silesia. Her mother's ancestors are from Beuthen, Upper Silesia.
Structure of the Homepage
site is divided into areas of research, i.e. you click on a town or an
area and then get the information pertaining to the ancestors from that
particular area in form of Ahnentafels.
If you wish, you can also follow the ascendancy, i.e. god from the
father to the grandfather etc, for this you should click on the "here"
button in the next section below.
plan to include information of the towns in the under sections, also
stories about the people, as well as photographs of towns and people.
Photographs are already available in part, hyperlinks to these are to
be found at the end of each under section.
addition to the "normal" ancestral information the are a few other
features on this homepage. For one, it is planned to include the
"Ortsfamilienbuch", i.e. a book including all vital statistics for the
years 1675-1800 of the town of Klein Zöllnig, Groß
Zöllnig and Sadewitz (all Kreis Oels, Silesia). But since this
would take up quite a large amount of web space, this will have to put
off for the moment. In the meantime there is only a list of all
ancestors of Martin Scholz as well as an name index. If you descend in
any way from Martin Scholz, or have any family ties to the three towns
I would be very interested to exchange information. I hope you enjoy
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