Hi All, I'm John Austin Loutzenhiser. I'm 34, was born in the L.A area, and am currently living in Germany with my wife, Britta, a native German. My dormant interest in my name and geneaology was recently re-awakened when I realized that the Internet would be a pretty nifty resource for finding other loutzenhisers and information about my name. So I entered "loutzenhiser" into google, and........ I live in Regensburg, about 3 or 4 hours drive from Lautzenhausen in the Rheinland, which seems to be something of an "ancestral homeland" for us, nicht wahr? I'm pretty fluent in German, and would be eager to do any research about our name that would require my language skills. I know very little about my paternal line, but here's what I do know..
My father is Donald Ruel Loutzenhiser, b. 4/30/20, he's still alive and living in northern California, where he teaches Philosophy at a Community College.
His father was Roy Loutzenhiser. I don't know the exact date of his birth and death but he died in the mid 70's, and was 81 (or 84?) so I guess he was born around 1890 or so.
Here it starts to get real foggy. (I could get more exact information from my dad, though)
Roy's father was Frank, and lived in eastern Montana. (My Grandfather Roy moved from Montana to Southern California in the 20's)
Franks father, my namesake, was John. I don't know anything about him, other than I believe he was the one who moved to Montana from out east. This must have been in the middle of the 19nth century.
From here on back, no-one in my little branch of the Loutzenhiser family tree seems to know anything about our roots, other than there appear to be quite a few more Loutzenhisers in Pennsylvania than anywhere else, and the name is apparently of German origin, as you well know.
I'm particularly interested in finding out more about John, my GGGrandfather. I would also be willing (time permiting) to do any research here in Germany that would be helpful to anyone trying to find out more about the Loutzenhiser roots.