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I am Mel Bowman, Palmyra, PA USA, new to the English Forum Switzerland. Family genealogist . My immigrant Johannes Bauman came to America in 1725 from Switzerland according to a note in his family bible.

I located a geneic cousin in Hirzel via yDNA testing. He sent me a family tree back to the 1300s

Are there other Baumann genealogists in the forum looking for their Swiss ancestors?
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I am Mel Bowman, Palmyra, PA USA, new to the English Forum Switzerland. Family genealogist . My immigrant Johannes Bauman came to America in 1725 from Switzerland according to a note in his family bible.

I located a geneic cousin in Hirzel via yDNA testing. He sent me a family tree back to the 1300s

Are there other Baumann genealogists in the forum looking for their Swiss ancestors?

Why do you have two different spellings of your surname?
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Why do you have two different spellings of your surname?
Very common for immigrants to the US in times past to anglicise the spelling and/or pronunciation of their names. Still happens now though less common.
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Very common for immigrants to the US
Not only for them. My family name has 7 different spellings.....
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Re: Searching for my Swiss Baumann ancestors

Are the 7 variations in English itself or in various languages?

Just curious...

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Old 15.07.2011, 08:31
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Just curious...
I like curious people

For what I know, difference came from the different cultural influences.
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Re: Searching for my Swiss Baumann ancestors

name changes also came from people not being able to read/write/spell - either the person giving the name, or the person writing it down on the census forms...it's easy to take literacy for granted....
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Re: Searching for my Swiss Baumann ancestors

There is a town called Interlochen in Michigan, founded by people from Interlaken, BE, CH. Because they realized that in English the second part of "Interlaken" would be pronounced as in "lake," they changed the spelling in a manner that made sure that the English pronunciation was fairly close to the original Bernese German version.

There is a settlement called Interlaken in another area of Michigan. Obviously those settlers were less clever.

Besides that, welcome Mel. I hope somebody can help you.
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Not only for them. My family name has 7 different spellings.....
So that'll be 'Geneva', 'Geneve', 'Genf', but what are the other spellings??
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I am Mel Bowman, Palmyra, PA USA, new to the English Forum Switzerland. Family genealogist . My immigrant Johannes Bauman came to America in 1725 from Switzerland according to a note in his family bible.

I located a geneic cousin in Hirzel via yDNA testing. He sent me a family tree back to the 1300s

Are there other Baumann genealogists in the forum looking for their Swiss ancestors?
Sounds like you've already achieved quite a lot already (a tree going back to the 14th century isn't half bad!) - what more information are you after? Which bits of the story are you missing?
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Re: Searching for my Swiss Baumann ancestors

Any connection to the Bowman Technical School in Lancaster? Just wondering as it's right down the road, and was a watchmaking school. That's kind of a Swiss connection.
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name changes also came from people not being able to read/write/spell - either the person giving the name, or the person writing it down on the census forms...it's easy to take literacy for granted....
Shakespeare is known to have used a variety of name spellings too, standardisation is a relatively recent phenomenon!
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There is a town called Interlochen in Michigan, founded by people from Interlaken, BE, CH. Because they realized that in English the second part of "Interlaken" would be pronounced as in "lake," they changed the spelling in a manner that made sure that the English pronunciation was fairly close to the original Bernese German version.

There is a settlement called Interlaken in another area of Michigan. Obviously those settlers were less clever.

Besides that, welcome Mel. I hope somebody can help you.
"Loch" is another name for lake, although Scottish in origin, but it looks like a good compromise for the changing the name.
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Re: Searching for my Swiss Baumann ancestors

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Sounds like you've already achieved quite a lot already (a tree going back to the 14th century isn't half bad!) - what more information are you after? Which bits of the story are you missing?
We found more! From "minus thousands centuries"



His name was "braaaw maaaaan".



No need to keep digging
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Re: Searching for my Swiss Baumann ancestors

Hi Mel!

One way to find your ancestors would be to contact the cantonal archive for Bern, where Interlaken is located. Check out their English-language website regarding genealogy research:

http://www.sta.be.ch/sta/en/index/st...enealogie.html

Good luck!

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Hi Mel!

One way to find your ancestors would be to contact the cantonal archive for Bern, where Interlaken is located. Check out their English-language website regarding genealogy research:

http://www.sta.be.ch/sta/en/index/st...enealogie.html

Good luck!

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Monk, the OT didn't mention Interlaken. That was me with an example of how the spelling of Swiss / German names (place names and proper names alike) had to be adapted to English pronunciation. Interlaken was just an example I'm familiar with, it has nothing to do with the quest of the OT. Sorry I confused you.
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Monk, the OT didn't mention Interlaken. That was me with an example of how the spelling of Swiss / German names (place names and proper names alike) had to be adapted to English pronunciation. Interlaken was just an example I'm familiar with, it has nothing to do with the quest of the OT. Sorry I confused you.
Oi! Gotcha.

Mel, if you know what canton your ancestors came from, all of the cantonal archives have helpful webpages on genealogy. I'd be happy to help you find the right one if you have any difficulty.

- Laura
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Re: Searching for my Swiss Baumann ancestors

Baumann is one of a number of names that has a Swiss-German version and is pronounced 'Boomer'...
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Re: Searching for my Swiss Baumann ancestors

Cool! 1 for every day of the week.

"Must be Sunday"
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Hmmmmm. Call me an overly suspicious old git but am I the only one to think that the OP's English sounds very much like a Nigerian 419 scammer fishing for contacts?

Welcome to the forum Mel
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