of my family tree ¦
My own page in the family tree ¦ Additional
direct links in the index below.
Thanks to the work of previous generations, my family tree can be traced
back for centuries. It is a labor of love to transcribe all of this
to the Web, learning something about my roots in the process. In doing
this, I sorely miss my parents who could have told me a lot of things
that I should have remembered when it comes to my late 19th and early
20th century relatives. For instance, there are many anonymous photos
in the family archive that they could have identified.
Zenker family history is well documented thanks to the labors of a certain
Max Zenker in Leipzig, Germany, who published "Stammbaum der Familie
Zenker", i.e. family tree, around 1900. As a result, there is a
good record of the Zenker history up to 1900, but I have no information
at all concerning my present distant relatives - descendants of the
persons described. Perhaps this can be added in the future? See the
appeal in the Preface
by Max Zenker (in German).
I have included the complete text of the "Stammbaum" in German.
Unfortunately, the tree itself is in the somewhat awkward format of
20 cm by 150 cm - folded up in the book, of course - which is not very
convenient for scanning. Instead I have decided to cut my family to
pieces! Each page shows one person with parents, spouse and children.
This means a lot of hopping around to find cousins and uncles, but it
keeps the diagrams simple with space to include text and photos, when
My maternal ancestors can be found in the Swedish pages (or by starting
from my mother here).
I have used the following conventions in the diagrams: Blue for
males, red for females. White for in-laws (i.e. carrying the Zenker
name only through marriage). The subject of each page is indicated with
a red border. Spouses are joined with a line. Parents and children are
identified by their position over or under the subject of each diagram.