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The Schliesser - Hicks Family Tree

Hello! Welcome to my web site!

This family tree contains over 15,000 names. Approximately half of the database features my husband's side (primarily English origins), and the other half features my side (German and Norwegian origins). It includes ancestors and cousins from the past, as well as present-day relatives. I have included all known descendants of our great-great grandparents to 'reunite' the family branches that have gone their separate ways.

On the web site, for privacy protection, personal information (such as birth info) is automatically blocked for all living individuals.

I am striving to make the database as accurate as possible, so please let me know if you find any errors. (I would like to put together a book someday of ancestors and descendants for each branch.) If your family is part of this family tree, please contact me, so that I can verify and update the data I have in my main records.

I maintain source information for all data in my main records. Below, in the "Table of Contents" section of this page, is a link to a "Description of Research on My German and Norwegian Lines."

Over the years, I have done research on the various ancestral branches of the family (perhaps most extensively on the Norwegian Børsheim/Burshem branch and the German Schliesser and Goho/Spiegel branches), which included microfilmed American, Norwegian, and German church records. Additionally, along the way, many relatives have shared information with me. I appreciate each one, and would like to make mention of the following relatives who made major contributions:

Charles E. Steffler: (Steffler-Rilling Lines)
Joycelyn H. Spellman: (Spellmann-Hahn Families)
Velma I. Schliesser: (Schliesser Family)
Aaron H. Hunter: (Hadley-Hammond Ancestry)
Veldon Hix: (Hicks Ancestry)
Alden G. Lien: (Lien Family)
Charles C. B. Goodwin: (Hahn Ancestry)
Virginia Cornet & Velma Engler: (Schliesser Family)

Periodically, I hire an excellent German genealogist and historian, Jens Müller (formerly Müller-Koppe) of Historical Research Services in Mössingen (formerly from Bremen), Germany, to do research on my lines from north and northwest Germany. For my Rilling-Weyhing ancestry and related lines from Gomaringen, Germany, and surrounding area, Mrs. Beatrice Burst of Gomaringen, Germany, a long-standing researcher and member of the Gomaringen Historical and Genealogical Society has direct access to church records and has shared much of the society's research about my ancestors.

In 2008, I had mtDNA testing, which shows that my direct maternal line (going back thousands of years) belongs to Haplogroup I (subclade I5c1). My mtDNA sequence was submitted to GenBank, Accession No. HQ658465). Haplogroup I is sometimes called clan "Iris," the name referring to the haplogroup's original ancestor. In 2013, I became an administrator of the mtDNA Haplogroup I Project. The earliest known location/origin of my line of I5c1 is Wittorf in Northern Germany, which is now in the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany. This is where my ancestor, Anna Magdalena Sasse (1781-1845), and husband Nicolaus Heinrich Harten lived. In 2011, my father had testing, which shows that his direct paternal Schliesser line belongs to Y-DNA Haplogroup J2a1a2 in a subclade labeled J2a-Z17181 as of early 2015, and his direct maternal line belongs to mtDNA Haplogroup U5b3. My husband's Hicks' line belongs to Y-DNA Haplogroup I1b3, in a subclade labeled I1-L813.

Enjoy your visit to the site!

Martha J. (Schliesser) Hicks

P.S. If you are related to the Schliessers, please see the notice below about the Schliesser Surname Project.


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Updated September 21, 2015, with RootsMagic Genealogy Software