Elisabeth Johannes Matthias Michael Franziska Nicodemus Raphael Kasimir Magdalena Jacob
b 1861 b 1862 1869-1939 b 1871 1873-1920 1876-1933 1878-1946 1880-1932 1883-1949 1885-1972
Clarence Magdalena Francis Anton George Ralph Peter Joseph Eva Maria Catharina Adolphe
1904-1981 1905-1976 1907-1910 1908-1989 1909-1918 1910-1984 1912-2003 1914-1997 1915-1998 1917-1995 1919-1985
There were two Berger families that lived in the Beresan District. Both had arrived there in 1809 and originated from Alsace. The "Gœrsdorf Berger's" settled in the village of Speier and the "Climbach Berger's" settled in the village of Landau.
Although Gœrsdorf and Climbach are village communities close to one another in Alsace, we have so far never been able to link the two families. There have however been marriages between the two families since 1809.
This site is primarily for people researching the Berger family from Speier who originated from Gœrsdorf in Alsace Lorraine.
Within the site you will find a record of the travels of the Bürger/Berger family. Our journey starts in Bobenthal, Südwest Pfalz and then in 1736 to Gœrsdorf in Alsace Lorraine. During the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleanic Wars the family were forced off their land and had to leave the vineyards and their home in France and escape to Minfeld and then Freckenfeld where they lived for nine years before moving on to Jockgrim in the Rhineland-Palatinate of Germany in 1789.
Following a lot of unrest in the area due to frequent attacks by French troops and Mathias being made a Military Fugitive by the advancing French Army, the family decided in 1809 to take up an offer made by Catherine the Great and make the long migration to the Beresan Valley north of Odessa on the Russian Steppes. Here they were offered freedom of Religion, exemption from military service, interest free loans and freedom from land taxes.
A century later, following a lot of bad crop years and unrest in the towns and villages of the colonists, many sought a new life in America. In 1903, my Great Grandparents, George and Elizabeth Berger and their family all emigrated from the port of Hamburg and arrived in America through Ellis Island. Here they caught a train to Richardton, North Dakota. They then made their various homestead claims where they farmed and raised cattle on the open prairies.
My Grandfather, Kasimir sold his Homestead by auction in 1912 and emigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada. The rest of the family stayed in America. My father was born in Canada and came to England during WWII with the South Saskatchewan Regiment and never returned.
Jacob Bürger 1716-1765
Maria Magdalena Biesser d 1754
When Maria Magdalena died
Jacob married Anna Maria
in September 1754.
Jacob Bürger 1716-1765
Anna Maria Hüttler 1709-1789
Eva Dorothea Maria Anna Nicolaus Catharina Magdalena George Jacob Bürger
b 1744 b 1746 1748-1769 b 1750 1753-1754
Maria Barbara Mathias Bürger
1755-1766 1764- after 1840
Catharina Bürger Johann Georg Bürger Georg Adam Berger* Johannes Dionys Franz Barbara Peter Margaretha Mathias
1787 - after 1858 1788-1790 1790-1791 1791- after 1858 b 1792 1794-1801 b 1797 b 1798 1800-1852
Johann Margaretha Maria Eva Martin Katharina Elisabeth Franz Theresia Magdalena Franziska Anna Maria George Maria Eva
b 1816 b 1816 b 1817 b 1822 b 1826 b 1828 1828-1896 b 1831 b 1832 1835-1930 b 1837 1840-1920 1843-1843
Maria Catharina Hüener
October 10, 1786.
Johannes Dionys married
May 23, 1815.
February 24, 1860
* Surname changed in 1790.
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