I've descended from both Paternal & Maternal Merkel families. This site contains my research on these Merkel families as well as a number of other Merkel families in Rochester that have direct or indirect connections to my Merkels. You can find information on these other Merkel families from the menu at the top of the page.
My Paternal Merkel lineage can be traced back to the late 1600's with Joseph Merkel from Iffezheim, Germany. Jacob Merkel was my great Grand father who left Iffezheim and came to Rochester, NY in 1867. Jacob's brother, Anton, arrived in Rochester in 1882. His wife was Magdalena Weber.
My Maternal Merkel family begins with Valentine Merkel born 1789 in Langenbrand, Germany. Valentine Merkel arrived in Rochester in 1851 along with his entire family. Most of his children went on to have large families in the Rochester and Irondequoit areas. Other families on my maternal side that I'm currently interested in are the Sippel, Pabst and Dill families.
There are a lot of people here other than my Merkel families. Check the menu at the top to search for surname or an individual.
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