Category Archives: Schulz DNA Testing

For Christmas this year, I decided that I wanted to get my mother and father DNA-tested through  While it’s true that my family tree is extremely well-elucidated and researched, there are still pockets where certain things are unclear.  For example, I only know back to my 3x great-grandparents on my Krueger side (due to records from Pomerania being difficult to find and the common nature of the family name), so if we matched someone in the world who had Krueger ancestors it would indicate a link between those families despite the absence of documentation.  Similar situations are present for many of the Irish lines of my family due to the scarcity of records from Ireland.

So at Christmas this year my mother spit into a test-tube and sent off an envelope to be analyzed.   Yesterday we got the results back.

My mother’s DNA matched at least 20 people “closely” (5th cousins or better).  I’ll have to investigate each one!

It showed that she has 19% DNA from Scandanavia (that would be the Norwegian side, Hanson and Olson), 32% “Europe East”, which would be the Prussian stuff (Krueger, Hoge, Schmidt, Zierke, Schulz, Winkelmann).  Then 38% from “Great Britain”.  I assume this is the Irish from the Mullins, Hammond, and all the British stuff from the Curtis side of my family.  Then there’s 9% of the DNA marked “Other”.

I have no idea how much confidence to give these results.  I know from my research that my mother’s grandparents break down as follows:

Oscar Krueger: 100% Prussian
Edith Curtis: 50% Irish and 50% English
Olga Hanson: 100% Norwegian
Edwin Schmidt: 100% Prussian

So my maternal grandfather was 50% Prussian, 25% Irish, 25% English, and my maternal grandmother was 50% Norwegian and 50% Prussian.  That makes my mother 50% Prussian, 25% Irish/English, and 25% Norwegian.  The DNA results have much more “Great Britain” than predicted.  No idea what that means.

On the Schmidt side of my mother’s family there was a family rumor that someone in the family brought back and married a “Mongolian Princess”.  Interestingly, my mother’s DNA shows 2% of her genetics are from “Asia Central” which is the area around Turkmenistan and Northern Iran.  Very interesting!

Here’s the full breakdown of her results:

Great Britain 38%
Europe East 32%
Scandinavia 19%
Ireland 4%
Europe West 4%
Asia Central 2%
Finland/Northwest Russia 1%

As time goes on and other people are tested, we can see if more matches are found.

FHC Records – Kreis Kolmar

Since four families related to mine lived in Kreis Kolmar, Posen, Prussia, I’m just making note of these available films here:

Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1809-1874

Authors: Evangelische Kirche Kolmar (KrSt. Kolmar) (Main Author)
Format: Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
  • German
  • Polish
Publication: Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969, 1981
Physical: auf 7 Mikrofilmrollen ; 35 mm.
Heiraten 1809-1811 — Taufen, Heiraten, Tote 1818-1822 Family History Library International Film 807991
Taufen, Heiraten, Tote 1823-1831 Family History Library International Film 807992
Taufen, Heiraten, Tote 1832-1845 Family History Library International Film 807993
Taufen, Heiraten, Tote 1848-1859 Family History Library International Film 807994
Taufen, Heiraten, Tote 1860-1865 Family History Library International Film 807995
Taufen, Heiraten, Tote 1866-1871 Family History Library International Film 1201273 Items 30-35
Taufen, Heiraten, Tote 1872-1874 Family History Library International Film 1201274 Items 1-3

Zierke Origins – New Information

Often the process of going back over records you’ve seen many times can be very fruitful.

Tonight I was looking at the German passenger list for the Zierke family, who came to America from Prussia in 1865 aboard the “Neckar”.  Curiously, a transcription for the town where the family had come from had been added, and it said “Jablonowo”.


One thing I’ve come to learn about the German passenger list transcriptions on Ancestry… they are usually pretty good.  The people who do them seem to be experts in German handwriting of the 19th century, and they are often able to pull out information that would not be apparent to English-speakers.

So I looked up Jablonowo, and almost immediately I saw one entry from Kreis Kolmar.  This was quite interesting to me since the Hadow and Willegal families were from Kreis Kolmar, as was the Schulz family, as was the Zierke family who immigrated to Princeton, Wisconsin.  All four of these families are linked to my Zierke family in some way.  Some circumstantially, others definitively.

This map shows the proximity of the towns where these families came from.  The Hadow/Willegal family is highlighed in yellow.  The Schulz family is highlighted in green.  The Princeton Zierke family is highlighted in blue, and Jablonowo is highlighted in purple.  If Friedrich Zierke did marry Dorothea Hadow as I believe, you can see how close those towns are to each other.  From Usch-Neudorf to Jablonowo is only 3 miles!

Kreis Kolmar, Posen, Prussia

Kreis Kolmar, Posen, Prussia

Detail of the town of Jablonowo

Detail of the town of Jablonowo


Emma Zierke – 1871-1960

Emma A. Zierke (1871-1960), was the younger sister of my great-great-grandmother Ottelia Zierke.  Like all the Zierke children, Emma was born on the Zierke family farm in Harris, Wisconsin.  She was the second of five surviving children of Anna Wilhelmine Schulz and Friedrich Zierke Jr.

I was lucky enough recently to get in touch with Emma’s great-grandson Tim Dittmer, and all the photos listed below are courtesy of him.

Emma Zierke as a younger woman.

Emma Zierke as a younger woman.

Emma married Albert William Barwineck (an immigrant from Pommern, Prussia) in 1893, and they had four children that I know of: Walter, Ella, Albert, and Flora.  The Barwinecks lived in Wood County, Wisconsin for a while before moving to Schofield and Wausau.  While they were in Schofield, Albert worked at the Marathon Paper Mills where my great-grandfather Edwin Schmidt also worked.  Later the Barwineck family moved to Milwaukee, and finally to Marshfield where Emma died in 1960.

Albert Barwineck

Albert Barwineck

This photo shows Emma as an older woman with her grand-daughter Jacquelene Barwineck.  It was taken about 1944.


Emma Zierke & Jacquelene Barwineck c1944

This one shows Emma with her grandchildren Gerald and Jacquelene Barwineck, taken about 1950.


Emma Zierke with grandchildren Gerald and Jacquelene Barwineck. c1950

I didn’t expect to get photos of Emma’s sister (another of my great-great-grand-aunts), Minna Pauline Zierke (1885 – 1970).  But there are two photos of Emma and Minna together. You can definitely tell they are sisters.


Minna Zierke (left) and Emma Zierke. c1955

The other photo of the two sisters.  At first I thought it was some kind of funeral floral arrangement in front of them, but looking closer I think it’s just a flowering plant in a wooden plant stand.


Emma (left) and Minna Zierke c1955

Finally, a real treat, also sent to me by Tim.  This is a photo of my 3x great-grandmother Wilhelmine Schulz.  I have written about her family on this blog many times.  She was born in Podstolitz, Kreis Kolmar, Posen, Prussia and came to the US in 1866.  I had this photo previously, except it was just her face.  This is the full photo, and you can see her in her entirety, which I love.  I especially like the fur rug at her feet.  So random!


Anna Wilhelmine “Minnie” Schulz, c1915.

It makes me realize that somewhere is a matching photo of her husband Fred Zierke, from which the hand-tinted portraits that Gary Zierke owns were made. Hopefully I can find it someday.

More Schulz Family Records from Posen, Prussia

This is just a place for me to throw records from the Schulz family that were found in records from Jankendorf, Posen, Prussia and Podstolitz, Posen, Prussia.  Currently I don’t know how they fit in with my Schulz family, but hopefully someday the connections will be made clear.

Some of these were from this URL: Some were courtesy of Fred Buck, who found them in FHC microfilms.

Schultz, Anna Caroline
Born: 8 Dec 1822
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KB Jankendorf, Taufregister 1822

Schulz, Anna Rosina
Born: 24 Nov 1828
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1828, S. 180/1, Nr. 70.

Schulz, Carl Ludwig
Born: 13 Sep 1827
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1827, S. 168/9, Nr. 53.

Schulz, Carl Ludwig
Born: 25 Okt 1840
Jankendorf, Provinz Posen, Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1840, S. 306, Nr. 79.

Schulz, Emilie
Born: abt 1850
Jankendorf, Provinz Posen, Preussen

Schulz, Ernestine Wilhelmine
Born: 19 Feb 1821
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1821, S. 65/5, Nr. 17

Schulz, Friedrich August
Born: 30 Sep 1845
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1845, S. 396/7, Nr. 75

Schulz, Friedrich Wilhelm
Born: 14 Mar 1830
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1830, S. 196/7, Nr. 13

Schulz, Henriette Juliana
Born: 13 Feb 1843
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen

Schulz, Johann August
Born: 4 Oct 1819
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1819, Nr. 28

Schulz, Johann Gottlieb
Born: 2 Feb 1834
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1834, S. 224/5, Nr. 7

Schulz, Johanna Luise
Born: 21 Jun 1852
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1852, S. 526/7, Nr. 50

Schulz, Michael
Born: 17 Jan 1825
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1825, S. __, Nr. 3.

Marriage date: 16 Jun 1833 Peter Schulz, a 37 year old Wittwer (widower) from Podstolitz, and Marianna Meyer, the 27 year old 4th daughter of the deceased Johann Meyer from Podstolitz.

Schulz, Pauline
Born: 27 Dez 1836
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1836, S. 254/5, Nr. 77

Schulz, Pauline Luise
Born: 2 Sep 1848
Jankendorf,Provinz Posen,Preussen
KiBu Jankendorf, Taufregister 1848, S. 446/7, Nr. 60

Schulz, Johann Ludwig
Born: 9 May 1854
Podstolitz, Posen, Prussia. Son of Christoph Schulz, Akkermann, and Henriette Schmidt. Baptized on 25 May 1854. Godparents were Fried. Hermann Podell, occupation undecipherable, and Justine Krassen, Ehefrau (wife).

Schulz Family Records from Posen, Prussia

Fred Buck is a family researcher who’s an expert on parish records from Posen, Prussia.  We have been in touch because he’s a descendant of a line of the Zierke family that lived in Posen which spelled the name “Zirk”.  [There are actually at least a half-dozen spellings of the name, which makes research challenging.]

He sent me an email last week saying he was going to be checking the parish records for Jankendorf, and I told him that my Schulz family was from there.  [Wilhelmine Schulz married Friedrich Zierke.  They were my 3x great-grandparents.  Her brother Martin Schulz lived in Green Lake, Wisconsin then moved to Minnesota.]  Fred said he’d take a look for my family in the parish records.  Last night I got an email that he’d been quite successful.

First of all he found the marriage record for Wilhelmine Schulz’s parents, my 4x great-grandparents:

19 March 1840  The widower, Martin Schulz, innkeeper (Krüger) 
and farmer (Akkerwirth) in Podstolitz was married to the 
young woman Anna Christina Kühl, only daughter of the 
deceased Viceri (?) Christoph Kühl and his wife 
Marianna nee Radke in the church in Podstolitz.  
At the time of their marriage, Martin Schulz was 49 years 
old and Anna Christina Kühl was 25 years old.

This gives us the birth years for Martin (1791) and his wife Anna Christina (1815) as well as the names of two of my 5x great-grandparents, Christoph Kühl and Marianna Radke.

And the following confirmation records:

Confirmation, 12 Mar 1831, from Podstolitz, Henriette 
Schulz, age 14 years, 2 months, daughter of Martin 
Schulz, Schänker (innkeeper?) and Maria Elisabeth nee Schlinke

Confirmation, 2 Dec 1832, from Podstolitz, Caroline Schulz, 
age 13 years, 10 months, daughter of Martin Schulz, 
Krügbesitzer, (= Inn owner) and Maria Elisabeth nee Schlink

Confirmation, 10 Jul 1836, from Podstolitz, Johann 
Gottlieb Schulz, age 14 years, 8 months, son of Martin 
Schulz, Krüger (Innkeeper) and Elisabeth nee Schlink

Confirmation, 1855, Martin Schulz, born 10 Feb 1841.

Confirmation, August Fr. W. Schulz, 1858, born 6 Jun 1844.

So we have one new brother, two new half-sisters, and a new half-brother for my 3x great-grandmother Wilhelmine Schulz, as well as a first wife for my 4x great-grandfather Martin Schulz.

These baptism records were located:

Podstolitz, Martin Schulz was born on 10 Feb 1841 at 7 o'clock 
in the morning.  He was baptized on 21 Feb 1841.  Godparents were 
Michael Prechel, Jggs. (Junggeselle = bachelor), Gottlieb 
Fenski, Jggs., Wilhelmine Fenski, Jgfr (Jungfrau = unmarried woman).

Podstolitz, August Friedrich Wilhelm Schulz was born on 6 Jun 1844 at 
8 o'clock in the morning.  He was baptized on 30 Jun 1844.  Godparents 
were Gottlieb Tonn, Stellmacher (wheelwright), Johann Gottlieb 
Hinkelmann, Stellcher (something to do with wheels?), and Anna Justine 
Pasher, Jgfr.

Podstolitz, Anna Wilhelmina Schulz was born on 23 Nov 1846 
and baptized on 20 Dec 1846.  Godparents were August 
Manske, Jggs., A. Christine Fritz, Ehefr. (Ehefrau = married woman),
Adolph Kelm, Jäger (= hunter), Joh. Daniel Prechel, Jggs., Henriette
Schriehl, Jgfr.

He also found the following death records:

Anna Maria Elisabeth nee Schlink [Martin Schulz's first wife]
died in Podstolitz on 4 May 1839 due to chest congestion 
(Husten). She was 41 years old and was survived by two
daughters and one son.

Johann Gottlieb Schulz, died in Podstolitz on 12 Dec 1844 
at the age of 23 years from pneumonia.

Friedrich Wilhelm August Schulz, son of Martin Schulz and 
Anna Christina Kühl.  Died on 30 Nov 1863 at the age of 
19 years and 5 months, of Nervenfieber (typhus).

We now know that the family didn’t actually live in Jankendorf, but rather in the nearby town of Podstolitz [it is called Podstolice, Poland today].  You can see it in this map.  What is very interesting to me is that you can see how close Podstolitz is to Siebenschlößchen, which is the town where the Princeton Zierke family came from.  It’s less than 4 miles away.  One more piece of evidence that the Princeton Zierke family and my own Zierke family are likely related.

Map of Posen, Prussia showing Podstolitz.

Map of Posen, Prussia showing Podstolitz.

Mother’s Day – 2013

For Mother’s Day this year I decided to pay tribute to all the mothers in my Family Tree who contributed to making me who I am.  Of course there are tens or hundreds of thousands of women in my direct line of ancestry, if you go back to the beginning of our species.  My family tree goes back to the 1500’s in some places, to my 11x or 12x great grandparents.  As I’ve said before, that’s about 20,000 grandparents in your entire family tree to that depth.  Obviously there’s no way I can pay meaningful tribute to 10,000 women, so I decided to put together a collection of all the mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers that I have photos of in my tree.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Happy Mother’s Day, my beloved ancestors!

The women who made me who I am.

The women who made me who I am.