Welcome to my family page! Through research I have found that 'all' Lauersdorf's are connected and that we are family. I have found almost all names that our listed on the web and on many web pages in our family tree.
I plan on importing the family tree when I get it up to date. We just got a new dog that is keeping me pretty busy these days. Anyway I have found so much info that it is mind boggling and I am anxious to share.
The name Lauersdorf is German and was originally Von Lauersdorf. My father had always said they dropped the Von in our name when they came to the states. The "Von" means "From" and the "Dorf" means "Village," so, our family was from the village of Lauer.
After reading Sally Hagen Lauersdorf's site who has done research for years on the family, I found this story on her page. She got this story from Jackie Lauersdorf, her father is Otto Lauersdorf who immigrated to America in abt 1952, with his mother from Germany. This is their family name story:
There were these tiny villages in Germany, pre Prussian, possibly around the 1200's, the villagers were not happy with their 'overlord or baron'. Each individually tried to overthrow him, but it didn't work. So this hunter (named Lauers) got the villages together and they overthrew the baron. The people were happy and they united the villages and then named the new dorf, Lauersdorf. Which means Hunter's village in old high german. From this point on descendants would carry the name Lauersdorf.
I just received new info regarding the Finkle/Penn side of the family. Soon I will be importing it to the gedcom file. If you have any questions about a possible connection just email me I would be happy to answer all inquiries.