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Posted: 3 Mar 2000 2:18PM GMT
Edited: 28 Feb 2002 8:42AM GMT
I am posting a second message because I just did a search for Billstein and my original message didn't pop up because I added an "s" to Billstein.
I have information on most Billstein families in the US. My own line is Jewish and starts with Alexander Billstein, son of Moses Billstein. He was born around 1770. His children were all born in Ruelfenrod, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany.
I also have collected quite a bit of other information on other Billsteins in the US. These other families were mostly from Cologne, Germany. The largest group went to Minnesota. I think that they were mostly Catholic.
Finally, many of my German-Jewish relatives came to the US in the mid 1800s and were eager to assimilate. They found this very easy in the mid-west, and many lost their Jewish identity. I have contacted relatives that never had a clue that they were Jewish. Also, almost all of these immigrants changed their name to more American sounding names. So, even with the German records it is hard to match them to the individual. I have copies of many of the original birth records for my clan. I have German names and birthdates for many individuals that probably came to the US, but I haven't found... in part because the names don't match. You can't necessarily rely on the spelling either. The members of my famly were only given surnames in 1812 and many of the women could only write Yiddish while in Germany. So, Billstine particularly was used by my relatives.... but even possibly they may have used Bilstine or Bilstein.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
JanetAkaha67 3 Mar 2000 9:18PM GMT 
Deborah Billstine Tinkham 16 May 2000 6:19PM GMT 
JanetAkaha67 17 May 2000 3:20PM GMT 
Beth Schunk-Winkler 9 Aug 2004 10:50PM GMT 
Thomas Carl Billstein 6 Oct 2000 8:02PM GMT 
Willi G. Richter 5 Apr 2002 6:35PM GMT 
jpholloway 17 Apr 2003 3:58PM GMT 
Akaha1 28 Jun 2009 10:22PM GMT 
hannah_borisc... 23 May 2002 7:48PM GMT 
HBillstein 6 May 2003 4:09AM GMT 
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