After two years of researching my family's roots I have become obsessed with finding as much information as I can about my Grandfather and his awsome journey from Oberkotzau, BY, Germany. He was only 17 years old when his parents put him on a boat to America. His parents were afraid that he would be drafted into the army and may be killed before he had a chance to live a full life. I have been blessed by God to find a friend in Germany that has been willing to do research for me. He lives a few miles from Oberkotzau and has done many things for me at his own expense. I wish to pay tribute to this fine Gentleman Mr. Horst Rosenstock, without whom I would not have been able to collect any of the information that I now have. Thank you Horst. I dedicate this Family Tree to my Father, John Carl Merkel who is now 91 years young, and my Mother Lillian Merkel who is now 86 years young.
I leave this Family Tree to all my children so that they may know their roots and pass them along for generations to come.
Jon William Merkel
GEDCOM Trees(viewing trees requires 4.0 or later)
- The Merkels of Oberkotzau, BY, Germany (116 KB)
This tree contains my German ancestory back to the 1700s. I know that I still have relatives living in Oberkotzau and Hof but have not been successful in contacting them due to the language barrier.