Tag Archives: Theler

Searching for my Theler Ancestors: Hunteburg

After visiting Dielingen on our Friday morning (May 25, 2012) tour through Theler land  we said goodbye to Westphalia and crossed the border to  Lower Saxony. We drove through the farm community of Meyerhofen and soon arrived in Hunteburg to … Continue reading

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Searching for my Theler Ancestors: Dielingen

Our third stop on our Friday morning tour (May 25, 2012) was to the village of Dielingen which sits on North Rhine-Westphalia’s border with Lower Saxony about 12.5 miles northwest of Hedem. In the 1970s Dielingen joined twelve other villages … Continue reading

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Searching for my Theler Ancestors: German Genealogy, with a Twist

The twist has to do with inheritance. Our Thelers did not own their land. But they had a right to rent their land and then hand down that right to the youngest son. But what happens when you have just … Continue reading

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Searching for my Theler Ancestors: Hedem and Hedemer Buchholz

Hedem is a sleepy village of about 500 people on the south side of the Mittellandkanal immediately to the west of Alswede. Hedemer Buchholtz is an even smaller farming  community on the north side of the canal and is usually … Continue reading

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Searching for my Theler Ancestors: Alswede

Our tour guide Carol Saint-Clair met us at the Remarque Hotel in Osnabrück at 9 am on Friday, May 25, 2012 and drove us north and east to Theler territory — several hamlets straddling the borders of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsesn) … Continue reading

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The Roman Empire’s Greatest Defeat was in the Backyard of my Ancestors

One of the greatest battles in the history of the world occurred in the backyard of our Theler ancestors.  Well, maybe not quite in their backyard. But the church where my great great grandfather was baptized is only six miles … Continue reading

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Why we went to Osnabruck and where we stayed

The “where” was a pretty easy choice. We wanted a four-star hotel because four-star hotels have elevators. There are only 3 or 4 four-star hotels in Osnabruck (also spelled Osnabrueck) and Steigenberger was rated number one by TripAdvisor. So we … Continue reading

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My German Heritage, Part Four — The Second Elise

My great grandparents William H Theler and Emma Belduke were married in San Francisco in 1875 and by 1880 were living in a boarding house on O’Farrell Street in the Tenderloin. Their first daughter, Grace, was born on April 21, … Continue reading

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My German Heritage, Part Three — The First Elise

My youngest granddaughter’s middle name is Elise. She has a cousin in Hawaii named Elise and another in Oregon with a middle name of Elise. My two daughters also have two cousins (# 6 and # 7) with the middle … Continue reading

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My German Heritage — Part Two, My Great Greats

In the 1990s I began to do some genealogical research on my great great grandparents. The only facts I had to work with were those that I gleaned from my great grandfather William Theler’s death certificate: (1) that his parents … Continue reading

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