Press review, published in 1996

History of the Eisslers - Ancestor lived in the 1500┤s

The grandfather-in-law, Albert Eissler of Sindelfingen, started it all. For his 70th birthday gift he wished for a real family tree, complete with all branches and side branches. Starting his research on this project triggered a passion for genealogy in Hanno Gurski which has not diminished to this day. He ended up with a weighty book bound in real linen. It contains the life statistics of practically all the Swabian Eisslers from 1550 to 1994.

In the last twelve years this hobby genealogist looked through many archives and church registers in Wuerttemberg. He mailed hundreds of letters and made countless phone calls to still living descendants. In seven chapters this book describes not only the origins and different spellings of the name, but also tells about the history and geography of the different branches of the Wuerttemberg family within the last 400 years.

You can find out how the individual families fared since Hans Eissler, a baker from Talheim near Moessingen, who was born about 1540, and his wife , Anna, had their first son, Martin, christened in the year 1569.
Seven additional children followed who were responsible for a large army of descendants. A great many of the family branches lived and still do today in the greater Stuttgart area, Pforzheim and the Kraichgau, in Albstadt, Tuebingen, Reutlingen, Sonnenbuehl, Lichtenstein and the Moessingen area. In Willmandingen, Talheim, Oeschingen and Belsen are thick concentrations of Eisslers still today.

Almost 7,200 names are listed in the register of the heavy book, good old swabian names you┤ll find here, starting with A for Abel or von Au to Z for Zwink or Zweigle.
But not only the names are there; looking through the register you┤ll be able to see what branch of the family a certain Johannes Eissler belongs to, for instance. There are over 90 with that name.

The detailed registers list all the different locations of the families as well as hundreds of addresses. In addition there are addresses of American Eisslers, descendants of many emigrants. Finally, there are several complete family trees from which interested family members can figure out the connections to other, perhaps more distant relatives.
An American version of the book titled "444 years Eissler" Family trees of the Wuerttemberg families 1550-1994 is to be published soon.

Family research is like a virus that attacks you, confesses the father of two. Unfortunately, the immediate family often gets neglected. His family include son Florian (10) and daughter Sophia (8) and his wife Christa (39) whose grandfather originally requested the family tree.