Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Surname Page

In order to conserve space on the main page header his page will contain links to all of the surname pages of the surnames being researches and whatever information information currently known.  There is much more information for individuals and families than has been published so far.  This information will be published in time.

The click here for the Surname Page.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dülken

The Dziallas family line that the family of Erick Karl Weigel Jr. is descended from originates in the town of Dülken, North Rhineland-Westphilia, Germany.

 Dülken is a part of the the Viersen District in North Rhineland-Westphilia.  Dülken was formerly and independent town, but joined with Viersen and two other municipalities to become the Viersen District in 1968.

Dülken, North Rhineland-Westphilia, Germany

The location that is now the town of Dülken has long history.  Originally the region was inhabited by the Eurones, who were the later eradicated by the Romans in 54 BC after a revolt which resulted in the destruction of the 14th Legion.  There are some accounts stating that some of the tribe survived and integrated into the other tribes migrating into the region.  The Romans remained until the middle of the fifth century and rule shifted to the Franks.

Ambiorix, leader of the Eurones


The first mention of Dülken was in 837 where it was referred to as a County (ruled by a Count).  The municipality received its Charter in 1364, making it the oldest town in the Viersen District.  The Dülken Blacksmith's Guild was founded in the town in 1433.  In 1533 over one third of the city burned to the ground.  Between 1568 and 1609 the number of towers in the town increased from twelve to nineteen.

Due to its location in the region, Dülken played a role in many conflicts over the century.  Spanish troops occupied Dülken in 1624 as a result of the Thirty Years War.  In 1794 Dülken fell to the French and the region was annexed to France.  In 1801, the citizens of Dülken became officially French Citizens.  In 1814 Dülken was freed from French occupation.

Dülken in 1723

In 1928 the first attempt to merge Dülken with Viersen was rejected.  Dülken suffered bombing throughout the Second World War and accepted displaced refugees from Eastern Germany in 1945.  The merger with Viersen was appoved by a narrow margin in 1968.

Dülken and surrounding areas

The town of Dülken has long been a center of commerce and industry.  Like most very old German communities, there are established cultural customs and traditions that have been practiced throughout the centuries which make the community unique.

Dülken Coat of Arms

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Updates to the blog

Updates to The Genealogy Blog of Erick Karl Weigel are:

The basic Weigel Family Tree can be found under the Weigel Family tab at the top of this page.

The basic Dziallas Family Tree can be found under the Dziallas Family tab at the top of the page.

A short historical background of the town of Lößnitz, the Weigel Family hometown, can be found on the front page of the blog.

Future updates will include a similar historical background of the town of Dülken, the Dziallas Family hometown.  Also, genealogical information concerning the other families that have married into the Weigel and Dziallas families will be posted.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lößnitz

The Weigel line that the family of Erick Karl Weigel Jr. is descended from originated in Lößnitz, Saxony, Germany.

Lößnitz is in the Erzgebirgskreis (Ore Mountains District) of Saxony.  The name Lößnitz originates from the Slavic word lesnice, which means "forest place", and is referred to as Bergstadt Lößnitz, which means "Mining town of Lößnitz".

Lößnitz, Saxony, Germany

Lößnitz was founded by the Burggraffen (Viscount) in Meißen in 1170.  It is first named in a historic document in 1238 and is referred to as a Civitas in another in 1284.  This makes Lößnitz one of the oldest towns in the Erzgebirge District.


Seal of Lößnitz from around 1920


Little detail of the early history of Lößnitz is known.  However, there is a mention of a grammar school in 1304 and it's first known mayor, Hermann von Buten in 1372.  In 1382, a mining office was established in the town.  In 1406 the Count of Schönburg made Lößnitz his capital.

A convenient intersection of two commerce routes, one from the salt mines and the other from the iron mines, allowed industry and commerce in Lößnitz to develop rapidly.  As a result, there were at least fifteen trade guilds established in Lößnitz by 1600.

Unfortunately over the centuries, Lößnitz has fallen victim to several devastating fires which have destroyed nearly all of the original structures in the town.  The first documented fire was in 1383 and destroyed the entire city up to the gate.  In the early 1600s several fires once again leveled the city.  In 1806 the entire city burned again and after being rebuilt, again three years later in 1809.  Many subsequent fires occurred since then, thereby ensuring most of the original medieval buildings did not survive into modern times.

Lößnitz and surrounding area

Lößnitz has many long standing cultural traditions such as the Salt Market held during the third weekend of June, which has been held for at least 600 years and the Christmas Market, which has been held for at least 300 years.

In modern Lößnitz, the majority of the the population, which is just under 10,000, resides in the lands surrounding the historic town called constituent communities.  Important sectors of commerce in Lößnitz include:  shoe-making, machining, slate mining, textiles, and metal ware.

Lößnitz Coat of Arms

Monday, January 14, 2013

This blog will be about genealogy and local history

After quite some time has passed without actually utilizing my blogs, I have decided to do so.

This particular blog, The Genealogy Blog of Erick Karl Weigel, will be a genealogical and family history blog.  On it I will post discoveries and discussions concerning the families and places that are a part of the ancestry of Erick Karl Weigel.



Hopefully these blog posts will allow me to learn more about how to work with blogs as well as websites.

More importantly, hopefully it will open up opportunities to further the genealogical research for myself and others working on the same families.