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From: Don Fehlings <>
Subject: Ringer Family Research
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 16:42:04 -0700
Posted on: RINGER Queries
Reply Here: http://genconnect.rootsweb.com/genbbs.cgi/surnames/r/i/RINGER/queries/7
I may be able to help you with your Ringer ancestry once you defintely
connect to Johann Adam Ringer (1756-1810).
Early German naming practices have confused many people. I'm not an authority
but am an experienced researcher and have lived and researched in Germany.
The first name was often an honorific name given for a saint, a patron,
or a family member. The middle name was the actual familiar name that the
individual was known by among family, friends, and neighbors. In other
words, something of the reverse of English and American naming practice.
When the Germans reached America this caused all kinds of confusion. Official
records keepers sometimes chose to record the individual by the official
first given name as Americans/English would normally do. Those familiar
with the German naming practice might select the middle name. Sometimes
they were used interchangeably, or anglicised. After a generation or two
many German families adopted the American practice but not necessarily
in German speaking areas where the old practices were retained longer.
It's a fielders choice, and you are best off with at least two documents
that at least inferentially attest to your ancestor.
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