Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Continuing on with my Genealogical Travel Bucket List , #4 would be Wirges, Germany. I should have noted before that these aren't in any particular order (most important to least, alphabetical, close to far, etc.). Wirges is a collective municipality, located in the Westerwaldkreis District of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. There are about 10 local municipalities within the collective municipality of Wirges, including Dernbach, Bannberscheid, Staudt, Helferskirchen, Leuterod, Moschheim and Wirges.
Most of the roots of my German family history originated (or at least to how far back I can go now) within these municipalities. My 7th great grandfather Christian Hommerig was born in Moschheim as was his son (my 6th great grandfather) Johann Adam Hommerich. The family then moved to Wirges, where my 5th great grandfather Christian Hommerich was born.
Christian's wife Anna Christina Hober (my 5th great grandmother) was born in Staudt, Germany. Both of her parents, Johann Hober and Sophia Maria Sabel were also born there. Anna's paternal grandparents, Gregarin Hober and Maria were also born in Staudt, as was Gregarin's father Oster Hober (my 8th great grandfather). The cemeteries of Katholische Friedhof Wirges (in Wirges) and Katholische Maria Himmelfahrt (in Helferskirchen) are the burial locations of a great many of my ancestors.
So, how could I not want to visit this place -- basically the birthplace or ancestral homeland of my German roots? Now if I could just figure out a way to combine this pilgrimage to the homeland with a river cruise on the Rhine River, I would be thrilled!