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Re: "Cold Mountain"
Posted by: Alvin K. Swonger (ID *****0766) Date: November 16, 2004 at 20:46:11
In Reply to: Re: "Cold Mountain" by gd schwanger of 339

The Schwangers came from the Lorraine province of Germany, though it is now part of France. Jacob came with his wife and six children. We've identified three generations back in Germany. Possibly a fourth. I've lost track of the total number in the U.S. but I've got about 20,000 connected to the Schwanger family tree, perhaps half of those are Schwanger, Swanger, Swonger, or Swanner. There are a few people with each of these names that are not related to the main group. In the case of "Swanner," only 20% are related to the Swanger line. The part of Europe that are folks came from was devastated by the Thirty Years War. In some provinces, as many as 70% of the population was killed in that war, so there was plenty of incentive to get out. The Schwangers were protestant in a largely Catholic region. There was another incentive. I've identified all but less than 1% of the Swangers in America. There's a few I still can't fit in. You must be Gregory Dwight Swanger born in 1963, right?


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