The Gerth’s from Buhl

June 7th, 2011 . by Melissa

I’ve started to become more interested in family history (thanks to the small nudgings from Jason), so when I found out we were going to Europe and would be fairly close to Germany, I thought it would be neat to see where in Germany the Gerth’s are actually from. I was surprised to learn that my grandfather’s grandfather immigrated from Buhl, a small German city near the border of France, only 45 minutes from our planned pitstop in Strasbourg. We decided that Buhl would definitely be worth the 45 minute detour. We also learned while we were in Strasbourg that the same great, great grandfather married a lovely (I’m assuming!) alsatian woman from the Strasbourg area. Here are some photos:

I especially love this cut out of an alsatian woman. Since Jack and I both have alsatian ancestry we both posed.

When we were in Buhl we checked out every graveyard we could find, to see if there were any graves marked Gerth. Unfortunately most of the graveyards we found we fairly new, with most of the graves only dating back to the early 1900’s. I was pretty disapointed and started to seriously doubt that we were even in the right place, especially since the records had very little detail. We did some sightseeing at the city center and took a picture outside this beautiful, old church.

When we got home my sleuthy husband found out that my grandfather’s grandfather and his siblings were actually christened at this very same church. We were in the right place after all! It was very neat to stand where my ancestors from the early 1800’s once stood.

One Response to “The Gerth’s from Buhl”

  1. comment number 1 by: Alisha

    This might alleviate your disappointment (or not?): in Germany apparently land is very scarce and so every so often, the grave stones are removed to make room for new ones. I don’t know the grisly details about what you do with the bodies or if you DO do anything with them–maybe they are so old that nothing is there anymore, or maybe they just squeeze people in–I don’t know. But that is why all the graves you saw were fairly modern. I asked my grandparents to take pictures of old family graves when they were in Germany a few years ago and they informed me that it was impossible, as the graves are not “there” anymore. Whatever “there” means.