Friday, August 19, 2011
Hefenieder Origins in Germany?
I've found a bit of information from the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia suggesting that the original Hefenieder / Hefeneider / Hefeneder family that settled in Russia originated in the town of Schlitz, Germany.
Information found at: www.ahsgr.org/findancestors/GO/goNi.htm
This is a photograph of Schlitz from a German tourism website at Christmas time. An old watchtower is decorated as a candle.
Schlitz is about an hour and a half northeast of Frankfurt am Main. Binsfeld, believed to be the ancestral home of the Hammer family (mom's side) is about an hour and a half south of Frankfurt am Main.
There is an article in the "Stars and Stripes" with a couple of photos of Schlitz: