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Subject: Re: [MARTI] My Marti family, after coming to US,from Switzerland...any help, please!
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:25:07 -0000
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Surnames: Hurbi Marti Belser Frei Fricker Reppstein Gubler Schmidli
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Sorry mk1171, I've been away from this board for awhile. I can't be of specific help with your great grandmother, but can help generally. In fact, I took my family to Kienberg last summer for a visit. I had also been there in 1976. For starters, I can tell you that Kienberg is quite a small village so there is a high likelihood that you and I are related. The Hurbi family lived in Kienberg for about 300 years and there are several other long lived families, the Belsers and Martis among them. Other common surnames are Fricker, Rippstein, Frei, Gubler, and Schmidli.
Because Kienberg is so small these families intermarried for centuries. All of the names mentioned above are in my ancestry there. Some several times. That's why I say it is likely that we are related.
On my last visit I also bought a coffe table book that one of the Rippsteins wrote about the history of Kienberg. It is filled with history about the village and goes into everything from religion, to town officials, education, business, family names, etc. It's written in German, but I can get the drift with the help of translators. Don't know if that helps but it gives you some background anyway.
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