You can find six genealogical databases here, with sources. Please point to this top page rather than into the detailed pages or copying data wholesale. If you need confirmation, I have more data that is not online.
Living people are not listed here.
- The Hendens and Grøneviks came from Gloppen and Stryn respectively, in Nordfjord, Norway, on the west coast north of Bergen. My great grandparents, the proverbial Ole and Oline, did not meet until both emigrated to western Minnesota. Last update 1187 people; this update 1187 people on 4 Sep 2014.
- The Stewarts go back as far as Nieuw Amsterdam, with plenty of sturdy German stock mixed in. The Dutch went up the Hudson and out the Mohawk before wandering west through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin and finally sticking around Rochester, Minnesota. I have not yet traced the Stewart name itself, though it comes through Ohio and Indiana, and it's said to go to western Pennsylvania. This line also includes Renslow and Waldron. Last update 949 people; this update 949 people on 2 Oct 2014.
- The Wood or Woods family, my father's mother's kin, came from England through Canada and married into the Barber line which apparently came from Virginia through Ohio, finally settling in Sheyboygan County, Wisconsin. Names here include Woods, Barber and Boyer. Last update 565 people; this update 565 people on 4 Sep 2014.
- The larger one, Zanzig, is a one-name study, registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. Though there are fragments of the family in Hanover and other parts of Germany, I have traced ancestors in each case to the Stavenhagen area of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and the name is so rare we surmise that everyone with the name, worldwide, is related. The Stavenhagen area is close to the old Mecklenburg-Pomeranian border (which, before 1871, was the Mecklenburg-Prussian border) and the name is seen on both sides of that border. Unfortunately the old Pomeranian records are far more scarce than the Mecklenburg ones. Last update 936 people; this update 938 people on 2 Oct 2014.
- There is a smaller Zanzig tree of just my relatives that includes non-Zanzig names. This tree and the one-name study intersect. Last update 312 people; this update 318 people on 2 Oct 2014 (and see the same people in the larger tree.)
- The final tree,the Hoeflings, is my husband's family and also includes the Scots McGow(a)ns, plus Tarrant and Landon on his mother's side. The Hoefling name is German, from Bavaria; the Tarrants and Landons arrived in Michigan from Ontario, Canada. The McGowns were weavers in the throes of the Industrial Revolution near Glasgow, Scotland, and it speaks well of the elder John McGown that he made a living at handloom weaving into the latter part of the 19th century in spite of mechanization, the lack of cotton during the US Civil War, and all of the incredible changes of that century. Last update 1141 people; this update 1141 people on 4 Sep 2014.
I have two Zanzig trees.
Contact me for further information, or if you have additions or corrections; it helps if you tell me which tree and the ID number of the person you're referring to. Some of this data also exists on MyHeritage.com and Ancestry.com in private trees, but these pages will always be the most up to date.