** 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