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About The Switzler Family
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"The Switzler Family"
 In 1785 the first document we find is John George Switzler and Gertrude  Charity Denig.  The marriage date is 30 August 1785, Lancaster, PA.  Next we find them in VA.  And they are listed in 1810 tax list in Patrick Co, VA.   John, Lewis, Simeon, and Michael enlisted in Patrick Co, VA and served in the  War of 1812, They then migrated to MO.  Next is 1830 Census in Saline Co, MO.

L. Switzler and Simeon Switzler listed in Franklin, Howard Co, MO.  Two M.  Switzlers' listed in Franklin Co, Mo, probably one was Michael Switzler and  John and one Green Switzler in the 1840 Census.  The M Switzler is probably  Michael of the two listed.  Starting in 1850 there are 47 Switzler's  listed,some in the east but mostly in MO.  At this point the Switzler's  started to move on to UT and OR and AR & MT.  I am sure we are related to the  other Switzlers but have not connected to them Yet.

The spelling of our name could have been misspelled by the first record takers  of Ships list and other documents.  These have been some of the spellings  we have found for our name; Zweitzler, Zwitzler, Schweitzler and Switzler the  way we spell it. We have of couple Places that the Switzler's came from one  source say, Berlin, Germany abt. 1788 and another says Bern, Switzlerland abt  1798???

So far there are several Switzler researchers.  We will label them by the  states they have migrated to:
 First the Eastern Switzlers, the Virginia and Missouri Switzlers, the Montana  Switzlers, the Oregon Switzlers and the Arkansas/Oklahoma Switzlers.  Here  recently the New Jersey Switzlers and the Mississippi Switzlers which is the  other Simeon Switzler.

As the Switzler Family we had pioneers with the best of qualities;  We had  occupations such as farmers; millers; ferrymen; teachers; lawyers; judges;  statesmen; newspaper editors and others were sawyers; miners; merchants;  traders; blacksmiths; ranchers; some in the military and of course housewifes  who raised children and kept the home fires burning to name a few.

We are learning about our Switzler roots and there are errors in this we  know. Any corrections will be welcome and try to document what you can.  This  is for research and learning as well as trying to reconstruct our family  roots and haveing fun doing it.  We do not really know who the first  Switzler's were, even in Switzerland/Germany, VA or PA some may have been  brothers to 
 this first Johan (John) George Switzler or his son's ???.

See Switzler documents, wills, obits in the photo section.
 There are several Switzler researchers so please add your photo to the photo  section and put queries in guest book if you have any. Thanks to ALL of you  who have already contributed to this effort.    The Switzler Researchers



The Story Tellers
 We are the chosen.

My feelings are that in each family there is one who seems called to find the  ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the  family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing  genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into  all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes  have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone  before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow  find ourselves.

How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many  times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud  of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was  love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It  goes to who I am and why I do the things I do? It goes to seeing a cemetery  about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying, I can't let  this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It  goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were  able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today.

It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or  giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It  goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a  deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us that we might be  born who we are; that we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring  and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are  us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that  one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in  the long line of family story tellers. That is why I do my family genealogy,  and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the  bones.

( Unknown Author )

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