This is a one-name study of the name Zanzig. I've puzzled over Zanzigs most of my life. Both my great-great-grandparents, Johann Friedrich Ludwig Zanzich (Fred or Fritz) and Johanna Sophia Henriette Zanzich (Henriette) were born Zanzig, so the descendants of their sons Wilhelm and Charles Frank are double Zanzigs.

My first knowledge of the name outside my family was the music teacher A. D. Zanzig. He was credited for a song in the Camp Fire Songbook—I was about 6 years old. My dad certainly knew of other Zanzigs--he was born in Milwaukee but grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and had cousins in Appleton. There were Zanzigs in Appleton, but they were Catholic. We finally know how they were related! Check the Charts page for the Milwaukee to Appleton chart.

This is a RESEARCH tree. It has the best information I have at any given time but it's by no means complete or 100% correct.

The best place to see what's happening in the study is on the Latest Changes page and on the charts. Be sure to refresh the pages.

The men below may be brothers, and many of us descend from them. There is a descendant chart in the Charts section for each, and their trees are growing.

Aids to Navigation

The chart "Zanzigs with unknown parentage" shows all the unconnected Zanzigs.

Use the search engine to find your people. I've tried to record every name I've seen people named or indexed with, including variants like C/K.

A person is included if their birth surname is Zanzig or a variant, or they are married to a Zanzig.

I collect children whose mother's name was Zanzig, but I'm not publishing them now to make the Zanzig lines clearer.

"Latest Changes" lists the Zanzigs I've most recently worked on.

Note: I estimate dates to help in placing people.

Estimated dates are given as "say" or "s" dates, which should be read as "guessed".

"Circa" or "c" dates are better than "say" dates and are based on some evidence.

Because of how Ancestry and FamilySearch work, the above distinction is slowly going away.

Birth is estimated 20-22 years before marriage and marriage 1-2 years before the first child. The country of an event is also guessed. Anywhere that is "possibly" or "probably" someplace is a guess.


I'm extremely grateful to Steffen Zanzig and to Wendy Zanzig Jenkinson, who kept pushing.