German ancestors immigrated for religious freedom

By Zach Worthington My family emigrated from Germany to the United States for religious freedom. That’s according to my mother, who, as the youngest child in her family took it upon herself to keep detailed records of the family’s ancestral tree. My family is mostly German; my mother’s side is 100 percent German while my father’s side is a mix of German, English and Irish. According to my maternal grandmother, Bernice Zacher, her great-grandfather, Johann Silbernagel, born in 1860, was a German farmer who was relocated to Odessa, Russia, to farm.  The Silbernagel family practiced Catholicism and were proud...

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