Surnames/tags: Helderman_Name_Study Helderman Halderman
The Helderman One Name Study will hopefully be a hub for genealogical researchers to share and collaborate by posting their DNA tests, resources, pictures, stories, and anything else of interest to the Helderman surname and related variations.
German (Heldermann): topographic name for someone living on a slope (see Helder). Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press. Most of the Helderman/Haldeman/Holdeman Germanic Swiss families which now exist in the US are descendants of Swiss Mennonites who came here during the Protestant reformation. *[Mennonite History]
The goal of this project is to examine DNA evidence, sort out family lines and how we are interconnected, discuss changes and build a historical and migrational context for our tree. What I have been able to glean so far is that our branch immigrated from Signau, Bern, Switzerland to Pennsylvania > North Carolina as Indiana > Illinois and Missouri > and further West. Our ancestry is intertwined with that of the plain people such as Mennonites and Quakers as well as the German Colony. There may also be members of our family who fled to the Volga region of East German/Western Russia and the Nederlands, but we haven’t worked out whether those lines are part of our original Swiss Mennonite forbears.
How to Join
Please join by contacting the project leader, Anonymous Helderman (Crewe). See the section on our goals and what you can do below. Post questions and comments to the bulletin board and add details about your particular area of interest.
- German and Swiss Settlements Of Colonial Pennsylvania; Kuhns; Archive.org
- Holdeman Descendants; Weaver; Archive.org
- A brief History of the Swiss Mennonites Churches of Putnam and Allen Counties Ohio (even though this is about specific churches, it gives some background)
- Swiss Mennonites from Russia who settled in South Dakotah
- Cyclopedia Of Chester County p 118; Archive.org (shows land owners in 1774 in Chester County PA]
You may ask how you can help:
- encourage your family to take dna tests and direct them here for collaboration.
- Please encourage male family members to take the YDNA test.
- Add your haplogroup
- Connect unconnected Helderman profiles and add missing people.
- Fill in missing children, dates, sources, etc.
- Look for obits in local papers and post them on your ancestors page
- Build biographies
- There must be many more things to do so make a suggestion
- Please category tag your Helderman relatives with the Cemetery they are a part of. Wiki Code Example:
[[Category: Hamline Chapel Cemetery, Monroe City, Indiana]] Please ask if me or the G2G if you have questions.
- Signau, Bern Switzerland
- Leiden, Holland
- Holstein, Saratov, Russia
- United States
- North Carolina
- Montgomery, Pennsylvania
- Chester, Pennsylvania
- Wayne, Indiana
- Knox County, Indiana
- Greene County, Illinois
- Cape Girardeau, Missouri
These are known places where many of our ancestors are buried.
Please request to have your info added here.
Anonymous Helderman Ancestry User ID: rainbowgenealogist Gedmatch: A883636
Helderman Research Links
Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Anonymous Helderman. I am an artist and writer in Massachusetts. I look forward to connecting with many of you.
Thank you to Flaugher Name Study for providing a general example and style formatting examples.
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