The Beischel Family Network - www.beischel.net
Announcement - Family Reunion - 2006 -
Mark your Calendars - Plan on Attending!!
Our next family reunion will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2006 at the
customary reunion site - Maple Ridge Lodge at Mt. Airy Forest off of
Westwood Northern Boulevard in Cincinnati. Start time will be
2:00 p.m. We hope to see more of our family members at this
special event. This reunion will be hosted by Megan Beischel
Schilens. If you would like to contact Megan, her email address
is mschilens(at)hotmail.com (to keep Internet "robots" from harvesting
her email address, you will need to replace the (at) with an @ symbol
to send her an email)
Some pictures and
movies of the 2004 reunion can be found at: http://www.beischel.net/photos.html
Family History Research
I hired a German genealogist, Uwe Porten, to
conduct research on our family in Germany. I
gave him all the information I had on Christian Beischel. After
several months of research, Uwe located Christian in the Catholic
Church records in Gottenheim, Baden, Germany along with his parents,
grandparents, and great-grandparents. Here is the image of
baptismal record as provided by Uwe.
Christian Beischel came from
the village of Gottenheim, Baden, Germany. His great-grandfather,
Andreas Beischel, came to Gottenheim from "Zell" according to
Gottenheim's Catholic Church records. Uwe believes that Andreas
came from Zell im Wiesenthal near the German/Swiss border. There
is one record in Zell im Wiesenthal that shows an Andreas living in
Zell around the expected time period. However, a fire at the
church in Zell in the early 1800's destroyed all the church
records. The town's people tried to put the family records
together from memory (hence how we found the name Andreas), but the
records are poor and incomplete. This means we are only able to
trace our family back to the 1700's and only from Gottenheim going
Christian's parents are listed
on his death certificate as Mathias
and Magdalena. Magdalena was actually Christian's
step-mother. Maria Hess is actually Christian's mother and Maria
died when Christian was still very young. Christian's
father Mathias then married Magdalena. See the family tree for
I have also had trouble trying
to find what happened to Christian's step-brother Mathias and his
step-sister Magdalena. I recently received some help from a long
lost cousin, Ronald Repking, who provided some very helpful
information. Ron Repking is a descendent of Rosa Roos' sister -
Rosa is Christian's second wife. Ron provided me with the text of
Christian's marriage record as recorded in the Catholic Church
records. One of the witnesses is Rosa's sister, the other appears
to be Christian's brother, Mathias Beischel.
While I cannot find a Mathias
Beischel in the Cincinnati area, I did find a Mathias Beischel living
in Indiana. I believe this could have been his brother. The
whereabouts of Magdalena is still unknown.
For more detailed family
history of the beginnings of the Beischel family in the United States,
please visit the family
Help!!! - I need Information!
Now that I started building the site, I need all those
little bits of information that you have stored away. What am I
looking for? Old Photos
- especially those of you that may have scanners and can scan it into
electronic format and eMail it to me for inclusion in the web site.
Also I need information for the "Hall of Fame".
This can be anything. For example, a Beischel that served
in a public office, started a business, served their country during a
war, etc. Please provide full name (first, middle, last).
News that you want other family members to know - this
is where you will find the reunion information!
As far as the family tree, I have begun entering family
the family tree software provided by the Mormon Church. The software is
and produces the web pages very easily. It is time consuming and
I have entered in the older data that Marilyn Beischel gathered years
ago along with the information being provided by Uwe Porten.
One nice thing about the software is that it will
keep the names of the living family members from appearing on the web
if requested! So I can create a public family tree that protects
of living family members, and can produce a complete family tree with
names on it in a protected directory (accessible to family members only
a name and password) for use only by family members! Some of the
work has been loaded on the web site. Click on the Family Tree link to see
project is progressing.
Well that should keep me busy for awhile. To keep
in better communication, subscribe to the Beischel Family Reflector.
Information on the reflector can be found on the "Get eMail" page.