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The emigration from Wittgenstein to

America in the 18th and 19th century


by Mr. Heinrich Imhof

560 pages and more than 5400 emigrants

Price 38,- Euro (plus shipping if necessary)


For further information please contact the author Mr. H. Imhof

e-mail H.Imhof@gmx.de


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The Wittgenstein Bibliography (in German)


by A. Krueger


The price is 28 € plus shipping outside Germany. 472 pages


For further information please contact:


WHV-Schriftleitung@wichtig.ms


or via mail to:


The Genealogical Wittgenstein Family Database


This genealogical database includes the former county of Wittgenstein.

It covers the time from the beginning of the written notes till 1875 and contains about 152000 data entries respectively people.

You can download the GEDCOM-file Datei here.


In addition you can look at the online-version of the database here.

We intend to hold an Annual General Meeting on March 26th 2022 in Bad Berleburg; in the „Bürgerhaus”.

Dr. Paul Riedesel in Bad Berleburg, Germany


For 32 years Dr. Paul Riedesel from Minneapolis/USA, whose ancestors left their home village of Wunderthausen as emigrants in the 19th century, has been a member of the Wittgenstein Heimatverein. In 1992 he wrote his first article on the “Wittgenstein Riedesels in America” in the journal “Wittgenstein”, which was followed by numerous publications.


In September 2021 his current article “Death is a Guest in the House: Mortality in the Altkreis Wittgenstein” appeared in our association magazine.” Normally, Paul Riedesel’s Wittgenstein magazine would have been sent by mail to the United States. But the author took advantage of his stay in Germany this time to pick up his booklet in person. On Saturday, October 16, 2021, he and his wife Joyce came from Berlin to Bad Berleburg, where Dieter Bald paid tribute to Dr. Riedesel’s many years of collaboration as an author and presented him with the current issue “Wittgenstein” while drinking coffee at Haus Bald. Heinrich Imhof and his wife were also present, who presented the American guests with an antiquarian book (“Der Perner von Arfeld”) and a hand-sewn bag.

Dr. Paul Riedesel aus Minneapolis / USA in Bad Berleburg

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