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Pennsylvania - Fayette and Somerset - Lohr Gearhart Gearhard Cramer Bitner Shaulis Hentz

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Surnames/tags: Somerset_PA_Fayette_PA lohr bittner
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The goal of this project is to assist others, whose common ancestors resided in the counties of Fayette and/or Somerset Pennsylvania in the 1700s and 1800s. Last names of these ancestors include Bitner, Cramer, Gearhart/Gearhard , Hentz/Hens/Henss, Lohr, and Shaulis.

The descendants of these ancestors are numerous (but not excessive), their family trees and family history are well documented, and with the advent of DNA testing, finding connections is much easier. None of these people were particularly famous, so they are less likely to have been falsely incorporated into family histories. Their last names are not particularly common, so building your own family tree connection to them should be easier given the open source, collaborative, shared organization of wikitree. Before adding information regarding living individuals to a wikitree profile or family tree, please review the documentation under Help:Privacy_Policy.

Project Members

Will you join us? Please add your name and profile above, post a comment here on this page, or in G2G using the project tag. You can also send me (Mike McLellan) a private message. Thanks!


Here are some resources and profiles that may be useful.

Ancestor Profiles


Other Resources

  • John Lohr has a copy of the family bible with dates for various individuals. With his permission, I will add photos here in the future.

Public DNA Matches

List below is sorted by user-provided last name, or user name:

(Only post public URLs and public profiles in these lists)

Ancestry.com Descendants

Wonder if you are related to this group? If you have an Ancestry DNA test, select several unrelated profiles below (do not pick anyone you are closely related to). If their ancestry.com profile shows that you are related to any one of them, with "shared DNA" greater than 15cM, then click on their initials in the circle icon. Next, click on"SharedMatches" (It's on the menu next to "Trees" and "Ethnicity"). This will show you other people who match both you and the person in the profile. Many of the people listed below should appear over and over again matches with matches greater than 15-20cM.

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GEDMatch Descendants

  • Lohr, Michele - TH2946201
  • Michael - Coconutman - UQ8615934

No Luck

No luck finding a common ancestor? You can find all your DNA matches under "DNA" in the top menu bar at ancestry.com by clicking "DNA", then "DNA matches". Assign all the people with a confirmed common ancestor you want to investigate to a "group" (you define the name). Search for your DNA "shared matches" with the members of your group and you will find distant relatives with >20cM to add add to your group. With this larger group of high confidence matches you can begin to look for people with 15-20cM matches. If you continue to search below this threshold you will begin to discover cousins, with whom you share more than one common ancestor.

Distant or Unrelated Individuals

Upstate New York Lohrs descended from

  • Löhr born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany in 1822.
  • Cramers of upstate New York descended from Conrad Cramer

born in Malmsheim, Renningen, Böblingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany in 1741

Lohrs of Pennsylvania descended from George Lohr and Barbara Nagel

Lohrs of York, Pennsylvania

Lohrs of North Carolina

Born about 1739 in Zweibrücken, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germanymap

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