What's UP Doc? I'm sure you are sick of that, but I just can't resist. My name is Jim Krantz....fancy that!. As you prob. know by now Krantz is an Anglicized version of several spellings in Europe, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy and who knows where. My Grandfather, Michael Krajnc (Austrian/German spelling Krainz) immigrated to Iowa in 1899 or 1900 (pretty sure 1900) When he married in 1902 they spelled his name on the Marriage record Krinc and by 1904 he spelled it Krantz. That is the way it is on his Naturalization Certificate. He died in 1917 when my father was 3 so we don't know a lot. We have his passport Naturalization Cert. and pics. We also have a letter sent to him from his brother asking for money to come to America. We know his father's name was John (Johan?) and his mothers maiden name was Helen Liscoshic. Those two "i's" could be either or both "e's" as they are not dotted in the marriage cert. The other "i's" are dotted. We know his mother divorced his father (a big no-no in those days) and married a man named Planinc He had a half brother John Planinc who mined coal and lived in Illinois. I knew him, what a Character!! He actually paved his driveway with beer bottle caps!!!! We know that my grandfather was an interpretter in the Austrian Army and spoke 8 languages, English being one of them. He helped people in this area with there legal things at that time. We have heard that his father taught music. His passport shows his birthplace as Gobolinjek. There are three of them, we just don't know which one yet. I doubt we are related but what the heck, Hail To Us Krantzes!!!!!!