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In May, 2000, and in May, 2002, John and Eleanor Blankenbaker traveled to Germany and Austria to visit villages from which our Germanna ancestors immigrated.  This page contains photos taken in the German villages connected with the GAAR (GARR-GAR) family.  The villages are ILLENSCHWANG, OBERMICHELBACH, BEYERBERG, AUFKIRCHEN, and FRANKENHOFEN.
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(Photos of German and Austrian Villages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 John BLANKENBAKER.)
(Photos of German and Austrian Villages Web Pages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 George W. DURMAN.)


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Photos of GAAR Family Villages, Germany


Illenschwang Church
Interior
Illenschwang Church Interior
(May, 2002)
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This is in the Illenschwang church, which is shown in more detail on another page. The people are, L to R, Friedrich Gaar, Gisela Gaar, Martina Gaar, and John Blankenbaker. While waiting for the Illenschwang pastor, John was showing the Gaars a picture of the Hebron church and a copy of Huddle's History of the Hebron Church, which he is giving as gifts to the Illenschwang church. Martina is fifteen years and acted as our interpreter. She is a smart kid, but then aren't all the Gaars smart? .

Obermichelbach
Village
Obermichelbach Village
(May, 2002)
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Obermichelbach is a village less than two miles from Illenschwang, and is where the Garrs live. They go to church here, not in Illenschwang. They have a small acreage and raise some sheep and three children, Martina, Silke,and Norbert. The five of them have a band.

All of the villages shown in this series are very close together.

Aufkirchen
Village
Aufkirchen Village
(May, 2002)
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Andrew (or Andreas) Gaar's parents were married in this church at Aufkirchen. Probably, the tower was there at the time, but the rest of the church has probably been rebuilt or modified.

(For more photos of Aufkirchen Village, click here.  These photos were found on the web and some of you may find them useful.)


Frankenhofen
Village


Frankenhofen Village
(May, 2002)
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Andreas Gaar was born in the village of Frankenhofen, and was baptized in the church there. The village has much agriculture, though the majority of the people probably work in service or industry.

Frankenhofen
Maibaum


Frankenhofen Maibaum
(May, 2002)
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The citizens of Frankenhofen decorated their Maibaum by carving the bark, a feature we saw on this trip at some other village. They also decorated around the base with model buildings (compare the church) and flowers. They seemed to show a lot of pride in their village.

Frankenhofen
Geburtstag
[Birthday]
Banner
Frankenhofen Geburtstag [Birthday] Banner
(May, 2002)
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Germans mark the birthdays ending in zero as a special event. This banner says, "Hard to believe, but true, our Gerhard will be 50 years old today." This was hanging on a building for all to see.


Beyerberg Village
Beyerberg Village
(May, 2002)
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Beyerberg is where about fourteen ancestors of Eva Seidelmann lived. Eva was the wife of Andreas Gaar, and came with the family to Pennsylvania, and, hence, to Virginia, where they settled on Gaar's Mountain in the Robinson River Valley.

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(Photos of German and Austrian Villages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 John BLANKENBAKER.)
(Photos of German and Austrian Villages Web Pages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 George W. DURMAN.)
(While we allow downloading of these pictures for your enjoyment, and for personal genealogical uses, they are copyrighted material and commercial use of them is FORBIDDEN.)

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Aufkirchen   (2002)

Bergnerzell   (2002)

Beyerberg   (2002)

Falkenstein   (2002)

Fellinghausen   (2000)

Frankenhofen   (2002)

Freudenberg   (2000)

Gemmingen   (2000)

Gresten (Austria)   (2000 & 2002)

Guttenberg Castle   (2000)

Haundorf   (2002)

Heidelberg   (2000)

Hüffenhardt   (2000)

Illenschwang   (2000)

Illenschwang   (2002)

Kettenbach   (2000)

Klings   (2002)

Kühnhardt   (2002)

Lambsheim   (2002)

Marienthal   (2002)

Mosbach   (2002)

Neuenbürg   (2000)

Oberfischbach (2000)

Obermichelbach (2002)

Ötisheim   (2000)

Rödgen   (2000)

Schwaigern   (2000)

Seiderzell   (2002)

Siegen   (2000)

Sulzfeld/Ravensburg   (2000)

Stetten   (2002)

Trupbach   (2000)

Waldbach   (2002)

Zaberfeld   (2002)


Gaar Family Villages   (2002) Utz Family Villages   (2002) Map of 2nd Colony
Villages in Germany (2000)

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