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A historical and genealogical resource for the
Mansker - Minsker Family


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Google Earth Mansker-Minsker Tour

Take a Google Earth virtual tour of locations important to the history of the Mansker-Minsker families. See satellite photos of Merchingen, Germany, Clark's Valley PA, Mansker Station in Goodlettsville TN and much more.

If you don't already have it, you'll need to first download the Google Earth application and install it on your computer.

When you've done that, click here: Mansker-MinskerTour.kmz. The tour should open in Google Earth. If it doesn't open Google Earth automatically, you may have to download it to your computer and double-click on it from there.

When it does open, you'll probably have to expand the tour to see all of the locations. Use the little icon at the left of the name to show the various sites from our our family's past. Clicking on one of them will tell you a little something about it, and double-clicking on it will "fly" you to the location.



A visit to Merchengen

See the video slideshow of my sidetrip to Merchingen in September of 2010. Because of a tight time schedule and the mid-day mid-week visit, I didn't have the opportunity to speak to anyone, or to do any real research into the family origins. But, assuming that Michael Lacopo is right, here's a special look at what our ancestral village looks like today.


According the the the PBS website, The Sweetest Sound, Mansker is surname number 18,300 in popularity in the U.S.; Minsker is not listed because the site ranks only the top 55,000 surnames culled from the Social Security Index.

In the United States, most of us who bear the name Mansker -- and many Minskers -- can trace our ancestry to Ludwig Mäintzger, a young German immigrant, who stepped off of the ship Christian at the port of Philadelphia in September of 1749.

This website contains all of the research, evidence, pictures, stories, historical accounts, resources, etc., that are available to document the descendants of Ludwig Mäintzger.

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Your contributions to this website are welcome. Old newspaper clippings, family photos, family stories or tall tales, it doesn't matter -- them to me and if they are appropriate subjects for The Mansker Chronicles, I will display them here.

Your donations are welcome and will help defray the cost of maintaining this website. Thank you.
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