Re: Christain Birckenbeuel
I visited Hemmelzen, Birnbach, Katzwinckel, Niederolfen, and Birckenbeuel for three days last summer. These villages are all due east of Bonn. Hemmelzen has only 23 homes.
If you would like me to e-mail you photos of them, I am more than happy to share them with you. I met current day Birckenbeuls,and Schumachers living there now, and toured our ancestral home which was built in the 1300s. Manfried Schumacher now lives in the home.
My family is the branch that settled in York CO., on the border with Maryland, and eventually switched the family name from Birckenbeuel to Birckenbile to Purkepile and then to Purkey. Bev Peterson at [email protected]