The search for our roots was begun quite a few years ago by two of our cousins, two sisters Amy and Ellen, in their quest to become members of the DAR. In addition to their research, which uncovered a number of important pieces of information, hand written records by various uncles exists in the family files that documents the Weigel/Baker family's connections in Beaver County, Pennsylvania back through the Revolutionary War.
Additional information that exists has been gleaned from family bibles, newspaper articles and obituaries, Beaver County, Pennsylvania historians, cemetery head stone searches, church records, court house records and numerous family members who have had extremely good memories.
As our family expands into the 11th generation, the number of branches continues to grow. We continue to add surnames such as Anderson, Adamek, Alexander, Biskup, Bixler, Brobeck, Ebersole, Hoffer, Glasser, Kofalt, Mateer, Mitchel, Miller, Ramsey, Reinhard, Smith, Tuma, and on and on. We had our annual family reunion in Western Pennsylvania the weekend of July 24, 1999 and with the assistance of family members, who were forewarned that I would have my laptop there, we added and documented additional names to the point that after the reunion we now had in excess of 3100 entries. Since that reunion, in 1999, as the family continues to grow, our Family Tree File now contains some 7,861 names, 2,479 marriages, 2,764 recorded locations, and 1,633 surnames, with the oldest researched ancestors dating back to the 1500's, 1600's and 1700's in Europe. Can you join us? Let me know if you think there's a link and we'll do our best to check it out.
You will have noted that I have used the Baker/Weigel names as our genealogical background. These names have been documented as the proper genealogical tree and the BAKER portion contains some of the oldest records in our search, dating back to the late 1600's in Germany. The WEIGEL name has been searched back to the mid 1700's with the earliest beginning in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, based on church records, and a couple non-researched records in Germany with a noted date of 1720. Additional work needs to be performed on those earliest records.
Previous versions of this website had "individual" ancestor pages which gave our visitors some detailed information on those individual records. In this updated site, I've decided that with the extensive growth of our family history, it would be more appropriate to include as many records as possible with possibly "less" detail. If you, as a visitor, find information upon which you'd like more detail, you can simply contact us through our website contact form, and we'll be happy to forward any details we might have that are not already listed.
With that scenario in mind, you will find below, two (2) separate links to PDF files exported from our Family Tree Maker database that is a complete listing of that database. In the BAKER record, it traces our database ancestors through the 11 generations, from GEORGE PETER BAKER through his complete line of descendants on record.
In the WEIGEL record, the document traces descendants from JOHANN LUDWIG WEIGLE (the thus-far non-researched ancestor) through the 11 known generations.
The future "may" bring additional database records of some of the "outlying" (in-law) family records, as time, need, and requests require. Continue to visit us often and see if we've added a section that possibly pertains to your branch of our family, or just to see how some outlying branches fit onto the tree of life.
For now, click on the genealogical file you wish to view, and thank you for visiting our family history. In order to open and view these files, you will need to have the "Adobe Reader" on your computer. If you don't have a default PDF viewer, you can download a copy from Adobe's website, here.
The Anderson Branch begins with William Anderson (1855-1908). This ancestral branch is the paternal side of this author's mother. Not a lot of detail has been found on these family members. We are aware of the Scandinavian and British influence and heredity but little else.Click here to view the branch in PDF format.
The Baker Branch is where we begin our family, with the oldest researched ancestor being George Peter Baker (before 1700 - after September 25, 1753). Mr. Baker arrived in the Port of Philadelphia on September 25, 1753, aboard the Ship Peggy. The Baker family has been verified to be the 2nd family to settle in what we know today as Beaver County, Pennsylvania, northwest of Pittsburgh. Significant information is available on our website as well as chronicled history books of the Beaver Valley region of Western Pennsylvania.Click here to view the branch in PDF format.
The Bauer Branch of our family is an extension of the Anderson side. We've expanded our search during the last few weeks and added a number of entries to the report. Our research has taken us back to the mid-1800's in Germany. The earliest immigrant found was Charles(Karl) Daniel Bauer, born Apr 29, 1851 in Stuttgart, Germany with records indicating his arrival in America as 1867. We've still got a few oddities to get checked out but we're working on it.Click here to view the branch in PDF format.
Family researchers have extensive names and birthdates for the Bixler Branch, but details are somewhat scarce. Our recorded history starts with Johannes Hans Bichsel in 1510, down through the centuries to today. Where documented information was found, the heritage and family location appears to have begun in Bern, Switzerland. The Bixlers, in the past and still today, have settled in the Westminster area of Carroll County, Maryland, USA. And while younger generations have ventured out, the family concentration is still most heavily in Carroll County, Maryland.Click here to view the branch in PDF format.
Our information of the Hoffer Branch has it's beginnings in Basel, Switzerland with Johannes Hoffer, and his wife Verena Gysel. The date is not known, for certain, but our family's lineage has their son, Matthias Hoffer, the immigrant to America, born in Basel on August 24, 1718.Click here to view the branch in PDF format.
We begin the Miller Branch with CONRAD MELLER, who was born on Oct 22, 1697 in Winningen, Mayen-Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. He died on Dec 18, 1772 in Upper Tulpehocken, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. His first marriage was to and Agnes "UNKNOWN". She was born and died in Germany. His second marriage was to Catharina Charlotta Margaret Lochner in 1717 in Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States. She was born on Oct 11, 1699 in Hesselbach, Odenwaldkreis, Hesse (Hessen), Prussia (now Germany). She died on Apr 15, 1777 in Bernville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA.Click here to view the branch in PDF format.
The McLaughlin Branch is a rather short summary that we've been able to put together. Not much has been found but we wish to offer what information we do have, at this point. The earliest individual is Peter McLaughlin with a birth date in March of 1855. Family members give the beginnings to Ireland, but our research has not been able to pinpoint anything precise.Click here to view the branch in PDF format.
Our research into the Robohm Branch has been somewhat disappointing to date. We have the earliest ancestor as Friedrich Robohm but have not been able to tie down the dates or Old World home. Based on the second generation that we've uncovered, Friedrich Robohm will have been born in the "early" 1800's. We have this second generation having been born on January 3, 1848. Work continues in an attempt to clarify our present work and add detail to the Robohm Branch.Click here to view the branch in PDF format.
Our Weigel heritage in this branch, begins in Germany with Johann Ludwig Weigle (1720 - ????). The most details begin with the next generation, with Johann Daniel Weigel. Information has the family beginnings in Grossen Linden, Oberhessen, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, with "Daniel" being the first immigrant to the New World. The family's beginnings are most detailed from their living in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with marriages and baptisms taking place in the First Reformed Church of Lancaster.Click here to view the branch in PDF format.