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NICHOLAS FIRESTONE FAMILY TREE - FIVE GENERATIONS IN BERG AND THAL PARISH
FIRESTONE GENEALOGY, SHIRER SITE - A VERY EXTENSIVE WEBSITE
FIRESTONE GENEALOGY, FRASER SITE - MANY FIRESTONES HERE
The three websites above are not in complete agreement. The first one is mine so I have a lot of faith in it, but all genealogies have mistakes. It never hurts to verify secondary sources on your own.
The Shirer site is by far the largest Firestone genealogy anywhere.
FIRESTONE GENEALOGY, 1993, RUSSELL - THE BEST FIRESTONE GENEALOGY OF THE TIME. Give it a good lookover. (Note the name "Hanss" in these articles. This is not a quirk, but a literal translation of the name that is usually translated as "Hans".) Many Feuerstein records exist in the "old country" that Russell didn't know of. Most of them agree with his conclusions, but some don't. Russell's 1957 Firestone Genealogy is at the bottom of this page.
FIRESTONE PAPERS OF GEORGE ELY RUSSELL - UNFORMATTED RESEARCH. Use with care.
NONNENMACHERS OF REXINGEN AND WEYER - Back to the 1500s
This family tree gives the (probable) father of Marcel Nonnenmacher of Berg. Marcel and his family are not fully researched in it. The author of this research is a Nonnenmacher descendant who is able to read and translate most of the original source records with no difficulty.
CAPTAIN'S LIST OF THE PEGGY
THE BERG CHURCH RECORDS ON-LINE (LINK)
Note: Some of the Berg Church records are easier to figure out than you might think, and you can zoom in for a closer look, but use caution. Even the easiest records can be misleading. Wherever possible, look at several records about a person before forming a conclusion. Even primary sources have clerical errors.
If you decide to become an amateur translator, always get a second opinion. It's incredibly easy to make mistakes, and two heads are better than one. For example, Johann Niclaus may appear as Nickel, Hans Nickel, Hans Niclaus, or Johann Nickel but not as Hans or Johann, because the people of Berg and Thal went by their middle name. Earlier Firestone researchers weren't always aware of this.
Surnames by State (On Ancestory.com)
1850 United States Census on FamilySearch
COUSIN CONNECTION: BIEBER - BEAVER
COUSIN CONNECTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON HUFF DESCENDANTS REUNION
BERG, FRANCE TOURISM AND TRAVEL GUIDE
BEST RESTAURANTS IN BERG
Genealogical Societies in
Firestone Stomping Grounds:
GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
SOUTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
THE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHWESTERN PA
MARYLAND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
FREDERICK COUNTY(MD) GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
SHENANDOAH VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
OHIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (OGS)
COLUMBIANA COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE OGS
FAIRFIELD COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE OGS
STARK COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE OGS
SUMMIT COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE OGS
WAYNE COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE OGS
INDIANA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
ALLEN COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF INDIANA
DEKALB COUNTY INDIANA GENEALOGY SOCIETY
ELKHART COUNTY INDIANA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
STEUBEN COUNTY INDIANA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
Contrary to Jason's narrative, there is no reason to believe that the Berg and Thal Feuersteins came directly from Austria. They almost certainly came from somewhere else in Alsace (likely Dehlingen). A large part of his other information about the Berg and Thal Feuersteins is also incorrect, but his collection of Firestone documents is interesting.
Russell's later research [George Ely Russell, “Firestone Family of Frederick County, Maryland,” Western Maryland Genealogy, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Jan 1993) and Vol 9, No. 2 (April 1993)] on the Firestone family is considered to be very good. If there's one person who could be called the father of Firestone genealogy, it's George Ely Russell. Today's Firestone genealogy is built on a good foundation. Most of Russell's research was given to the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana. This genealogy is now on-line at one of the links above.