Sunday, June 22, 2014

German Ancestor Roots

** Originally posted on my website on May 4, 2014**

I am researching records for my von der Burg ancestors. It can be traced back to this record:  ”Pennsylvania German Pioneers Passenger Lists” Palatine German Immigrant Ships to Philadelphia 1742-1752: NAME: “The Thistle”. Our name was suppose to have come from the Berg and the Schloss Burg Castle. But I cannot find documentation from Germany. Peter, my 6th great grandfather, and his brother Walther Valentin (last name spelled Founderburgh on the passenger list), came over and took the oath on Sept 19, 1738. The ship sailed from Rotterdam to Plymouth England and then to Philadelphia. Sometime along the way they were said to have stopped in Ireland for a while.”I think that is why I am having so much trouble finding records. I can trace to the time they came here and “Americanized” their names, but I can’t find their German records”. Our family name was von der Burg and “Americanized” to Funderburgh/ Funderburk and other variant spellings but this is NOT a common name. The father of the two men was Adolf (possibly) but no one has documented proof.


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