Progress on Genealogy

Friday, 27 March 2009 20:35

It's amazing what you can find on the Internet these days. With the help of Google,, and I was able to trace my family tree back as far as the late 17th century in Schleiswig-Holstein, Preussen (Germany). Google led me to a survey of gravestones in Jackson County, Iowa. With the information I already had from my grandparents, I was able to find the father of my great-great-grandfather, Claus H. Krabbenhoft. I was able to verify a lot of information from the 1880 census information available on had all the rest of the information.

At, I entered Claus Krabbenhoft with a father named Bernhardt and a mother named Margaret. BOOM! There was only one entry that matched. It even had the exact same birth date to the day and month! had the rest of the lineage mapped all the way back to a marriage in 1701.

Now, I'm trying to find out some links between my line of Krabbenhoft from the Sabula, IA area, and the Minnesota Krabbenhofts. I found a picture of a Wulf Christopher Krabbenhoft from Sabin that looks exactly like my dad. Here's the link from the Clay County, MN. Historical Society:,%20Ernest%20Frederick.pdf

This PDF has a lot of great info in it, but I can't trace any information older than this. I'm not sure if the elder W.F. Krabbenhoft (b. 1814-1815 m. Katrine (Katherine) Jess b. 1822) left off or changed his middle name(s) or not. So this one is giving me trouble. 

Anyway, you can see what I've got done so far here: Family Tree »

If anyone can verify W.F. Krabbenhoft's parentage or correct name (possibly Wulf Heinrich Krabbenhoft or Wulf Frederick Heinrich Krabbenhoft), I would be greatly appreciative.

I'll be working on some non-Krabbenhoft parts of the family tree in the meantime.