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  1. A Wyneken in a movie (11/19/2017) - I flew to Philadelphia from Frankfurt a few weeks ago on family business. In order to while the time away on the flight I watched a few complimentary movies that Lufthansa offered. It came as a complete surprise to me when one of them turned out to have a Wyneken angle, even though that was […]
  2. Hitting pay dirt (2/19/2017) - Every once in a while every family researcher will receive something new that makes his or her heart jump with joy. I just recently had such an experience. Months ago I got in touch with the pastor in Neuenwalde to ask if he could send me a picture of the page in his church records from 1683 […]
  3. Theodore Schwan (1/15/2017) - I would like to introduce someone who saw a lot of involvement in quite a number of significant American military happenings in the second half of the 19th century. He was not a Wyneken descendant, but there is a very close Wyneken connection. Theodore Schwan was born in Germany in 1841, emigrated to the US […]
  4. Riding the coattails of fame (12/23/2016) - There aren’t many Wynekens you can really call “famous”. Actually, to tell the complete truth — there aren’t any. Some might be kind of well known in certain circles, or at a certain time and place in history. For example there are: FCD Wyneken (1810-1876), who has a fair amount of renown amongst Missouri Synod […]
  5. Are the Wynekens dying out? (10/30/2016) - I must admit that every once in a while I get to thinking that it won’t be much longer and the Wyneken name will have died out. I go through in my mind the list of young Wyneken males that can conceivably father sons to pass on the family name, and I see a problem […]
  6. A pleasant visit from a California relative (6/19/2016) - On the second Sunday in June I went down to the train station here in Freiburg to meet up with two people. The people I was meeting were Mary Ann Wood née Schaller and her husband Don from California. They were finishing off the German part of their mixed business and pleasure trip before they […]
  7. A Wyneken and a king (5/30/2016) - Carl Johann Conrad Wyneken, 1763-1825 (not pictured at the top of this page) was one of the many Lutheran pastors that have come from the Wyneken family. In the course of his career as a pastor, Carl Johann Conrad served in at least six different churches in various towns or cities in what was to become […]
  8. New Page: Karl Wyneken’s diaries (1/18/2016) - I have just added a new “fixed” page to this blog entitled Karl Wyneken’s diaries. It is available in the Information menu at the top of every blog window.
  9. A Wyneken “hair picture” (1/14/2016) - The other day I received an interesting picture from our distant relative, Mary Ann Wood née Schaller. She described it to me as follows: This was a popular way of showing off your family in Victorian times. The cross in the middle is FCD Wyneken and the bible is his wife Sophie Wyneken née Buuck. […]
  10. Diary from the end of World War II (1/13/2016) - NOTE: I’m not sure what happened here. I thought I published the following posting in my old blog. It was probably on May 25, 2015. However, it doesn’t look like it made it to the new – WordPress – blog. Did I maybe overlook it when I copied everything over? In any event, here it […]
  11. Possible Swedish ancestors after all (10/26/2015) - There is a long held and often cherished belief that the Wynekens originally came from Sweden. My cousin Nick, for example, was very disappointed when he found out from me many years ago that we probably are not descended from vikings. He has always been extremely proud of that, and from what I gather is […]
  12. Big changes in the Wyneken information sites (6/22/2015) - I have closed down my previous blog at http://wyneken-genealogy.blogspot.de/ and the site at http://top10.physik.uni-freiburg.de/~mpw/Wynekens/ that used to contain my Wyneken Genealogy information. The blog and the informational site have been replaced by https://wyneken.wordpress.com I was unable to move the actual family database areas to the new site so they are still physically located on top10. There are, […]
  13. The role of one Wyneken at the outbreak of World War I (2/17/2015) - In the Facebook group “Wynekens World-Wide” I recently posted a link to the Google English translation version of the Russian Wikipedia article for “Wyneken”. Background information: There was a George von Wyneken who emigrated to St. Petersburg in the 19th century to join his Stieglitz relative in the Russian bank business. George and his three […]
  14. 19th Century Wyneken Family Tree (9/26/2014) - Link to the scanned tree Around 1997 or 1998 I visited Dick Wyneken in Ripon, California during one of my trips to the US to visit my parents. In the course of our conversation he mentioned that he had a long roll containing an extensive family tree in German. His grandfather, Herman Wyneken, had received it […]
  15. The Wyneken manor in Rüstje (9/22/2014) - Those familiar with my family history work might be familiar with the two major branches of the family that I refer to: the Rüstje branch and the Bederkesa branch. These names are based on the places in Northern Germany where the members of these two branches lived in the 1700s. The modern day Wynekens from […]
  16. Get-together with the Spanish branch (8/8/2014) - At the beginning of August I received an e-mail message from Eduard Cabré Serrano who lives in a town outside of Tarragona, Spain. He introduced himself as a Wyneken descendant. I looked him up in my database but he had to give me a few more details before I could pinpoint where he fits into […]
  17. Small family reunion of three Wyneken branches (11/7/2013) - On the 13th of September I was part of an historical event. For the first time in who knows how many years, descendants of the three Wyneken brothers Carl (1803-1867), Gustav (1805-1885) and Friedrich “FCD” (1810-1876) got together and chatted over lunch. Matthew, Katja and Karl I have been corresponding with Karl Wyneken from Fresno, […]
  18. Finally, updated! (7/10/2013) - I finally updated the two on-line versions of my database: https://wynekens.de/WynekenDatabase and https://wynekens.de/Wyneken-Klein These new versions include all the changes and additions I have entered in the past few years. If you sent me any corrections, maybe you could check to see if they are now reflected in the online information. You might notice that […]
  19. Loose Ends (3/11/2013) - San Francisco In my last posting I mentioned the architect Leopold Ernest Wyneken in San Francisco who has no direct connection to any of the other American Wynekens. Interestingly, there was another man, Friedrich Alexander Wyneken, who lived in the San Francisco Bay area, having studied in Berkeley, California and working later in San Francisco. […]
  20. A Wyneken novel (12/9/2012) - A few months ago I read a novel by a Wyneken. I’m sure you’ve never heard of the novel, or of the author. The book is entitled Chronicles of Manuel Alanus: A True Story of Old San Francisco. The author’s name is L. (Leopold) Ernest Wyneken.   In this blog entry I present some background […]
  21. A visit to Burg Großfurra in Thuringia (11/11/2012) - I am pleased to welcome to the pages of this blog my wife, Cindy. This past August, she and I went on vacation in parts of Germany that were, for the most part, new to us. When I travel in Germany I like to try to insert activities that have something to do with my […]
  22. Visit with my closest German Wyneken relatives (8/4/2012) - On the last Saturday of April 2012, my wife, two daughters and I visited my closest Wyneken relatives living in Germany. Katja and her family live in a little village ten minutes north of Freiburg. Katja’s parents, Wyneken and Katja, were visiting from northern Germany. Note that “Wyneken” here is the first name of Katja’s […]
  23. Transcription of the inscription on the saber (4/24/2012) - The original German text is: Dem Oberstleutnant Wyneken bei seiner Rückkehr aus China – die Kameraden des Regiments von Manstein Translation: (Presented) to Lieutenant Colonel Wyneken upon his return from China – the comrades from regiment “von Manstein”
  24. A brief update about the saber I wrote about in the last blog entry. (4/23/2012) - The Bavarian gentleman who currently is in possession of the saber was kind enough to send me photographs, which I am posting here.
  25. A Wyneken Saber in World War II (2/22/2012) - In February of 2012 I received a phone call from an elderly gentleman in Bavaria. He told me that he hoped I would be able to assist him, and that he had in his possession something that might be of interest to me. He related a story told to him by a cousin of his, […]
  26. Apologies (9/7/2009) - It’s been a very, very long time since the last time I posted!!! I’m sorry for the inactivity on the Wyneken Genealogy web site. I assure you that I haven’t been inactive during that time, it’s just that I haven’t found the time to update the web site. One is due very soon, though. The […]
  27. Family history databases updated (5/24/2006) - Updated the complete Wyneken database and the database of my ancestors. Both of these on-line resources now reflect the state of my working database as of 24 May, 2006.
  28. Two external links added (1/24/2006) - Added to the Interesting Links page: a link to the von Wurmb family site a link to the Sherbondy genealogy site administered by Jeanette Sherbondy.
  29. Stay informed of changes to the Wyneken site (6/30/2005) - You no longer need to come back to the Wyneken Genealogy Web site every once in a while – faithfully or not so faithfully – to see if anything has been added or changed! Why not? Read on … The Wyneken Genealogy blog (i.e. this page, see also previous posting below) is available as an […]
  30. German term paper on Gustav Adolph Wyneken (6/12/2002) - In the summer semester of 2002, Caroline Jahr, a student majoring in Social Pedagogy at the Fachhochschule Jena, wrote a term paper on Gustav Adolph Wyneken (1874-1964), a controversial German educational reformer. This paper is only available in German but it does provide a quick biographical overview of one of the most well-known Wynekens.
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