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detail from Anton Schneider's marriage document
The name Schneider in Germany is like the name Smith in America. Ubiquitous. It translates as "tailor" or "to sew." My own ancestry has been traced back with certainty to Nickolaus Schneider, of Kehrig, Prussia, who was born around the middle of the 18th century. My dad showed to me some notes given to him by a relative, Richard L. Schneider, who did the research and shared his results. I was amazed at what I read. This web site is based on those notes with some additions by other Schneiders from other branches. (See the Credits page.)
A son of Nickolaus, Anton Schneider, left Prussia in the middle 1800s with his family of eight children. They settled in the Chicago area of Illinois in New Trier Township, near Lake Michigan. Wilmette now stands where Anton put down roots. His children settled that area along with other families that had immigrated from the same area of Prussia. Some of Anton's children stayed there, others branched out. My ancestor, Martin, moved to the Detroit Michigan area upon marrying Getrude Rieden whose family resided there. Most seemed to remain in Illinois.
Other documents are included in this web site including historical sketches of Kehrig, Prussia, the Statford Theater in Detroit, Michigan, and a brief historical perspective on possible reasons for immigration with a look at 17th century Prussia. I have included a list of document images along with a listing of photographs and also maps used in these pages. I would appreciate any input on the data presented, as corrections of fact will be gladly made. Write a note here.
Abundant credit for this site belongs to Richard L. Schneider (grandson of William J. Schneider), son of Robert A., who provided the data and stories upon which this site is built.
Since posting this information on-line I have received numerous contacts from others from this Schneider lineage who have graciously shared their own information, which I added to this site on request. I'm grateful for any and all new information pertaining to the Schneider family tree. See the Credits page.
Lastly, there is information detailed herein about living members of the Schneider family. I want to remain sensitive to them and assure them that if there is any information that should be removed please let me know. I will respectfully do so.
A web site tracing dad's mother's line is available at https://freepages.rootsweb.com/~schneiderjj/genealogy/tischbein/ which is transcribed from information graciously given me by Robert Tischbein, of Utica, MI.
Completing the ancestry study is that of my mom's parents famy trees, the Lynn and the McCabe families.
A list of recent and past updates can be found below
6/12/2022 Added an anccestry page for my Mom, Audrey Schneider, at this location
7/24/2014 Added 8 minute clip from a 1948 home movie of the Judge Louis James Schneider family, Detroit, Michigan
7/1/2011 Added grave markers of Martin & Gertrude Schneider. Holy Cross Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
5/15/2010 Interview with Frank Schneider, from a Dearborn Historical Museum, Oral History Program publication from December 3, 1975
See the complete list here.
John J. Schneider
July 14, 2001
updated June 12, 2022
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