The Windheim Files
Windheim is a church district in Westphalia which includes the villages of Windheim itself, Ilse, Joessen, Haevern, Rosenhagen, Neuenknick, Seelenfeld, and Doehren. The church records begin in the autumn of 1669 and are almost continuous. Many immigrants from Windheim settled in and near Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1836 to 1900.
From 1989 to 1996 I read these records and attempted to record all events (baptisms, marriages and burials) in a relational database for the years 1669-1800. I have followed some families up to the present day.
Common surnames include Bultemeyer, Gallmeyer, Doehrmann, Boese, Kolle, Humbke, Mentzing, Salge, Strangmann, Westenfeld, Meining, Piepenbrink, Dicke, Roembke, Witte, Stoppenhagen, Jackemeyer, and Nuerge.
More recently, my colleague the Reverend Robert Greene has continued this work, bringing most of the families in the records current into the 20th century and tracing their immigrant descendants throughout the United States. If you have additional information on Windheim descendants, he would be happy to add this information to his work.
The on-line database below is fully searchable but is for demonstration purposes only. It contains about 5000 names, and is not updated. I am responsible for any errors. If any of these names connect to your family, you should write for more complete information.
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