I read with interest your description of Gagels in the Lichtenfels area. I have tracked my lineage to Staffelstein, a small village close to Lichtenfels. I visited the Lichtenfels/Michelau/Staffelstein region several times.
Is there a central repository of family name information in the Lichtenfels area. Through the Cathedral (Dom) in Bamberg I have tracked my lineage back to the 30 years war (, but have not been able to find older information. Do you know of any source? Thanks.