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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 UTZ family.  The villages are BERGNERZELL, HAUNDORF, KÜHNHARDT, MOSBACH, and SEIDERZELL.
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(Photos of German and Austrian Villages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 John BLANKENBAKER.)
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Photos of Utz Family Villages, Germany




Haundorf Village

Haundorf Village
In connection with the Utz family I have five related villages, of which some of them have only one photo.  The story runs a little better if they are lumped together.  The George Utz in question is of the 1717 Colony.  We have already had some photos dealing with him, namely Wagonbach and Hüffenhardt.

The first photo, of Haundorf, is where George Utz's grandfather lived at the time he (the grandfather)was married.  This village has a church, notable for its wooden tower.  One of the streets in the town includes "Schloss"*, which is probably a good indication of how the village started.  We have just crossed the border from Baden-Württemberg into Bavaria.
(May, 2002)
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Seiderzell Village

Seiderzell Village

One mile down the road from Haundorf is Seiderzell, a collection of a few farms without a church.  Seiderzell is where George Utz was born.  The country around here is rather flat, and agricultural in nature.
(May, 2002)
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Kühnhardt Village

Kühnhardt Village

On beyond Seiderzell, about 0.75 mile, is Kühnhardt, where George's grandmother, Margaret, lived.  Again, it is a collection of a very few farms, without any church or commercial activity.
(May, 2002)
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Mosbach Village

Mosbach Village

About a mile from Kühnhardt is Mosbach, a slightly larger village, with a firestation and a church.  People from the surrounding villages, where there were no churches, came into Mosbach.  In George Utz's time, many of the marriages and bapisms were performed here.
(May, 2002)
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Mosbach Church

Mosbach Church

Many of the churches in Germany have oversized towers in comparison to the rest of the church, and this is no exception.  Though it seems rather plain on the exterior, it was quite beautiful inside.
(May, 2002)
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Mosbach Church Baptismal Font

Mosbach Church Baptismal Font

This is one of the prettiest baptismal fonts that we saw in Germany.  Other features inside the church were equally impressive.  The church is not very large.
(May, 2002)
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Mosbach Stork

Mosbach Stork

Here is the picture of a modern resident of Mosbach.  I would presume there is another one who looks like this one.  Otherwise, all that labor that went into building the next would go to waste.
(May, 2002)
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Bergnerzell Village

Bergnerzell Village

About 1.5 miles from Mosbach is Bergnerzell, where several members of the Utz family lived.  From here back to Haundorf is 2 miles, and what we have done is travel in a circle.  Standing in Mosbach, with a wide angle lens, I could take a picture of the other four villages.

I asked a person here if there were any Utz family members in the neighborhood.  He sort of laughed and got a copy of the telephone book and showed me a page and a half of them.

The furthest back that any ancestor of George Utz has been traced is one great-grandmother of Kühnhardt.
(May, 2002)
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(* "Schloss" can be translated as a "palace" (a home) without fortifications.)  (Comments by Webmaster, GWD.)


NOTE !!!!!

(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)


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Villages in Germany (2000)

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