Created and scanned in 2004/2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Gio Wiederhold.The address of this web page is http://infolab.stanford.edu/pub/gio/personal/ancestors/index.html. Last updated 1 March 2018.
I have a copy of a large collection of genealogical Wiederhold Documents (about 1200 pages) originally collected into 12 handbound typed books by Alfred Wiederhold over a long period (1930-1985). These were scanned in by me around 2009 and also copied to a Compact Disc (CD). I can make copies of the CD available to people interested in the genealogy of the Wiederhold family. Send me email. Copies of the charts only - which had very small fonts -- are attached to this web page with The source description of the charts.
The description of the book is periodically updated to reflect progress .
I have been entering names, dates, and occupation from those book into a computer-based system,
Family Tree Buider, focusing initially on my ancestors, as documented in the Felsberg volumes,
but expanding to more branches, as the Homberg volume branches leading to Konrad Wiederhold, see below,
and the ancestors that went to the spice islands - the Netherlands East Indies, now Indonesia, and to South America.
Ancestors that went to the US is was documented in further volumes, and is being entred piecemeal, as branches can
A description of the published file tells you what is available and how it is being entered.
Most information from the version of the tree in 2015 has been copied to an on-line file as
at the MyHeritage web site, last updated 2015. For privacy reason Wiederholds that may still be alive are shown there as unknown. If people give permission I can make them known.
Cleaning all the data, verifying the entries and creating a complete computer family file will be more work than I can promise to finish ever. I am also using other published sources, as the 138 volumes of the Deutsche Geschlechter Buecher, the Regerings Almanaks from the Netherlands East Indies, and of course the Internet, with the Wikipedias in various languages. My current (2018) goal is to have all Wiederhold born prior to 1800 and some current brances on-line later this year.
My own ancestors go back to back to 1441 in those records, when a Nikolaus Wyderolt paid a fee of `drei neue Groschen' (30 cents!) to enroll in the University of Erfurt. There is also a possible linkage here to Gio's academic genealogy.
There are some earlier Wiederhold records as well, but those have not been linked, and any links are likely tentative. An interesting branch of my Wiederhold ancestors should linkds to the Droz family, clock, watch, and mechanical puppet makers (androids) in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. I have also collected information from my mother's side, the Tuybens family. Those settled with the VOC in Ternate, now Indonesia, primarily using records at Royal Dutch Archives in the Hague, Holland.
The name Wiederhold, although it sounds like the German word for `repeat', actually derives from
A 1460 citation mentions that a trumpeter named Wedterolde brought some sick horses from Homburg to Kassel - to a veterinarian, I hope. Many other ancestors had the profession of `Färber', cloth dyer; `Landwirt' or `Ackermann', farmer; `Lehrer', Teacher; `Pfarrer', preacher; `Schmied', Smith; `Schultheiss', sherriff; or `Vogt', estate manager.
I am going through the detailed source material (11 books af Alfred's with text and charts for each family subline) and other information that Wiederhold people have provided or that I have found on the web. That information is being made publicly available on the web.
Several lines of Wiederhold's were recorded by Alfred Wiederhold, although they all are likely related further back, since they all come from the same area, Hessen, in central Germany. The oldest line is `Felsberg', other line comes from neighboring towns, as Homberg an der Efze (often confused with other Hombergs). A catholic branch settled in Thuringen. Many emigrated, primarily to the U.S., but also to Chile. Some went to the Netherlands East Indies, and, after the second World War, wound up in the Netherlands. I appreciate information about current descendants. Many are are on Facebook,, in a group "My Name is Wiederhold".Scans of The source charts are attached to this web page, each with with the town names, the date range, and a brief description, often stating where known descendants went.
I maintain more complex annotated charts, that I am quite willing to share.
I have entered my ancestor records into a genealogy program (Family Tree Maker). A published version as of July 2015/ is Gio Wiederhold's family.
I can make my Family Tree Maker source file available to anyone who has compatible software (.FTW or .GED). The current .FTW version is about 32bytes, the .GED files are much smaller.
You can also copy older versions from here, as
Gio ancestors FTW file,
updated 2 September 2009. When cleaned and verified later copies will be uploaded.
Those now include information extracted from the charts, as well as branches to the Osorno and Hedrich von Widerhold descendants, as well as the linkage to Konrad Wiederhold of the Hohenwiel.
I have also exported earlier the data as a GED standard file,
Gio ancestors GED file,
as of August 2009.
Later data from my files have been published by others on other sites, as Geni, but I cannot maintain those.
There are also a few pictures now on the web:
I welcome comments and additions. Gio