Friesland Haring families moving southwards

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Hi group

In our Häring family there is a theory, that we could have early ancestors from Friesland. Indeed since generations there were/are many Haringxma, Haringk, Haring, Hering in this area. We have no paper trail evidence about this theory but are trying to get results via DNA testing. The biggest brick wall, as for many researchers is the 30-year war. From 1650 on we are well documented, but before this period it is hard to find a missing link.

Does anybody know about movements from these families to the South, especially Baden-Württemberg, where my branch comes from? Since 1914 we are citizens of Basel-Stadt and therefore Swiss.

Kind regards 


asked in Genealogy Help by André Häring-Huber G2G1 (1k points)
edited by André Häring-Huber

1 Answer

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The main site for Friesland genealogy research is:

However records from 1650 and further back often don't survive, but it is still worth having a look. A quick search for "Haring" and variants in the period 1500-1650 brings up 4,800 records.

When using AlleFriezen, I would keep in mind that in Friesland many surnames have a very wide range of spelling variations, and that some surnames are very common, so do be careful when assuming that two people with the same name are actually the same person. To have any chance of success with Frisian records, I think you will need to have a specific place of origin, occupations or parents names from the records in Germany. Perhaps you could look up the history of post-Thirty Years War migration for more clues.

Out of curiosity, what sort of DNA testing are you doing? Is it Y-DNA?
answered by Abm van Helsdingen G2G6 Mach 3 (35.5k points)

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