Hello from Melbourne, Australia. I am a great great grandson of Jochim Runge, born 5th September, 1836 in Kellinghusen, Schleswig-Holstein (part of Denmark until about 1866 when it became part of the Prussian empire - today's Germany). Jochim arrived in Melbourne on 21st September, 1857, having embarked at Hamburg as a passenger on the sailing ship "Peter Godeffroy". Like many other emigrants to Australia at that time he came for the Victorian goldrush, and started his new life as a "puddler" (alluvial miner) near modern day Bendigo. A story that has been handed down through our family in Australia is that at about the same time Jochim came to Australia for the Victorian goldrush, a brother went to North America for the Californian goldrush. It is certainly interesting that since Jochim arrived here in 1857 all succeeding generations have been active in the Australian mining industry, and I am aware of "Runge" families active in the mining industry in the USA today. Through research by the Lutheran Church archivist in Elmshorn I have now been able to trace my Runge genealogy back a further 3 generations to 1721.The parents of Jochim were Johann, a farmer, son of Asmus, who was born on 23rd March, 1790. He married Margaretha, daughter of Jochim Molhk(or Mohlken), born 11th January, 1803 on 18th April, 1823 at Kellinghusen. Margaretha died on 1st September,1844, and the records show her surviving children as 1. Abel 2. Gretsham (Mary?) 3. Johann4. Asmus5. Anna6. JOCHIM7. Catherina8. Lena. When Johann died on 1st March , 1848, his surviving children are recorded as 1. Abel2. Mary3. Asmus4. Anna5. JOCHIM6. Catherina. By deduction therefore, presuming that the first son ABEL inherited the family farm, if another son went to California it must have been ASMUS. I'd be most pleased to hear from any Runge family who can shed more light on my research. Just out of interest, from correspondence with other Runge family groups in Australia it would appear that there are 3-5 different Australian "Runge" family groups who are at this stage of research unrelated, being descended from a different "Runge" who first arrived in Australia from Europe around the mid 1800's. My family pronounce the name Run-ge, which seems to be the most common form I've heard in the USA, but other Australian families use Runge (to rhyme with sponge), and another as in 'he RUNG a bell'. The original German pronunciation would of course been quite gutteral, sounding like roong-ah.