Dear Narten family members and relatives overseas and in Scandinavia! By shere coincidence, I found your postings on this website and started to think that it might be a good occasion to relink oversea family branches with what might be the regional embryonic cell of our common Narten origin around the village of Goxe (or in the correct German spelling [G o: xe] with an "o" and two dots on top of it), some 15 km or 10 miles south of the city of Hannover in Germany.
As I'm currently not in permanent contact with some Narten family members who used to be very active in genealogy, I am nevertheless aware of big Narten family gatherings to which all people holding this name used to be invited in the past in periodic intervalls of 5-8 years - most of whom originating from the region around Goxe and Hannover as I do. The last one was held in 1999, joined by my father Peter Narten, who was totally astonished by what happened at this gathering: Almost every Narten who showed up there - and they counted in several dozens - came with his or her personal family tree and started comparing those with to other ones in order to close missing links. As my father told me afterwards, the farest-reaching Narten family tree dated back to the year 1283 and referring to the seemingly lower aristocracy family of a man called Godfried Narten from the regionof Steiermark of what is nowaday Austria. It also included the traditional family emblem with helmet and crest in what seemed to be the Narten family colours blue and gold.
So far an update on the genealogy efforts of the larger Narten family inside Germany. It would be very interesting, however, to see which family lines can be traced back by Narten families from oversea in order to compare thoses with the ones I mentioned above. I case of interest, pls. feel free to contact me via email and send me, if available, your own Narten family tree for comparison. My own verifiable family tree shows a missing link somewhere around the 1850s and beyond, and I would like to find the link to the larger family tree of 1283.
Looking forward to hearing from you! Best regards, Jens Narten