Stacey: My line of Obersts trace our roots back to Unterowisheim, Baden, Germany (1666) and from there to Riniken, Aargau, Switzerland (1480). There are probably alive today about sixty "Oberst" families across America with the same ultimate lineage. They are living in such states as California, Washington, Ohio, Nebraska, Michigan, New York, etc. There are many "Oberst" in Kentucky with a lineage in the same area of Germany back to about 1750. All the early mentions of the name come from the southwest corner of Germany (Black Forest Area) or from the north central plateau of Switzerland (Cantons Aargau and Zurich)from about 1200 - 1300. My web site has a lot of Historical Information. http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/o/b/e/Thomas-P-Obersthttp://www.familytreemaker.com/users/o/b/e/Thomas-P-Oberst. Hope this helps.