Wiederhold family information

This section contains a variety of Wiederhold family information and references to such information. The focus is on the Wiederhold ancestry, including Stories about ancestors and comprehensive genealogical data collected by Alfred Wiederhold. Where those references lead you to source scans or other Internet sites they will open in a new tab, so you are less likely to get lost. Please report any problems.

Alfred Wiederhold books

Most of the information came from the life work of Alfred Wiederhold. The text within his 12 volumes was professionnaly scanned, and Gio scanned the associated charts. Two versions of the scanned books will be included in the Sources section on this site: the orignal scans and annotated versions, explaining many linkages and cross references.

Location

It is obvious that the Wiederhold ancestry came from Germany. But in early times (here 1300-1400) there was no unified country by that name. Areas in yellow, brown, and green used German as their language, pink areas belonged to the catholic church, and the mauve part belonged to Austria. After the reformation church possessions were taken over by local rulers. The German-speaking areas approximate current Germany, except for area in the south and west, now French (Elsass and Lotharingen), Swiss (Burgund), or Belgian (Brabant). The expansion to the east, under King Frederick II. the Great of Prussia (1712-1786) had not yet occurred.

The map shows an oval where early Wiederholds lived

A town in the center of that oval was Warburg, and many Wiederholds lived there and in surrounding villages, as Marsberg and Volkmarsen. A map expanding that area is shown on the successor Genealogy page.

Warburg information

The earliest comprehensive information I found are the Warburger Stammtafeln (Ancestor Records from Warburg), published in 1986 by the Westfälische Gesellschaft für Genealogie und Familienkunde (Westphalian Society for Genealogy and Family Research). There are two parts: a 191-page book describing individual families and a volume with 294 diagrams. Pages 161-166 of the book and diagrams 285 and 286 are devoted to Wedderhold and Wiederhold. Those eight pages were scanned and are available here. The diagrams (will) also appear in Sources section, with my annotations. Many more pages of the Warburger Stammtafeln were used to trace spouses, in-laws, and their children for prior generations. Alfred had some related information in his charts, but the full Warburg document was not available to him.

Earliest dates recorded

The earliest Wiederhold ancestor found, named just Volland, was a Ratsherr (council member), Bürgermeister (mayor), and Justex (judge) 1229-1249 in Marsberg, Westfalen, Germany. The earliest explicit ancestor reference, following a matrilineal line, in that document as of now (Jan.2019) is a Gottschalk von Padberg, listed as an Edelherr (nobleman) in 1144.

Tithing (Zehnten)

Many of the dated entries deal with tithing, as explained in the text pages. Landowners had the right to extract 10% of the harvest, farm animals, or wood from the tenant farmers. Those rights could be split, especially for inheritances. One instance even mentions an eights of a tithing. There is also mention of a Wiederhold splitting a tithing with the local count. For many readers it would be nice to have a translation of the text pages into modern English.(I'd be willing to dictate a rough English translation into a file if there is a volunteer).

Today

Many Wiederhold descendants are still found in this area. Protestant ancestors tend to be to the south, towards Frankfurt,abd cathloc ones to the east, in Eichsfeld, north-western Thüringen. In the 19th century travel became easier, making location a less definite aspect of linking generations.

Warburg itself is a small town in Westfalen, just at the northern border of what is now Hessen.
I found a picture of Warburg taken during the 2018 German Armstrong Siddeley Tour (GAST 2018). Gio and Voy could not participate that year

Photo (© AS Group Germany) provided by Peter Brahm and Gary Hall, Armstrong Siddeley automobile owners in Hessen.



A map illustrating boundaries in earlier times is included in the section describing the founding of Hessen.
Some entries from the Warburg Stamtafeln are also related to other entries in the genealogy. Some of them are also listed in the story about the Counts of Hessen, with references to their Wikipedia entries.



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