This is part of a series of books about the history of the Allwein family in America, a family descended from an 18th century German immigrant Johannes (Hans) Jacob Allwein and his wife Catharina. This book builds upon the first volume of this series, Familie Allwein - An Early History, which dealt with the Allwein family's emigration from Germany to America and their settlement in colonial Pennsylvania. This new two-book set represents the second volume of this series, titled Familie Allwein - Journeys in Time and Place, covering Allwein descendants living east of the Allegheny Mountains over the 70-year period from about 1870 through 1940. Part I of this second volume focuses on those families that settled in southeastern Pennsylvania, particularly in Lebanon, Philadelphia and Berks Counties. Part II focuses on those families living in Dauphin, Lancaster, Adams, York and Blair Counties in south central Pennsylvania. Additional future volumes will cover Allwein descendants who moved to western Pennsylvania and those who migrated farther west. Not only is the present volume an update on the families covered in volume 1 of Familie Allwein, it goes beyond the early land, tax and estate records, to include information from marriage and birth records, military records, census records, death records, county atlases and local histories. As in the first volume of this series, the author's careful documentation of all sources and attention to detail make it possible to reproduce his findings and re-examine his conclusions.
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Duane F. Alwin-a sociologist by training, the author practices an ethnographic approach to doing family history, one that emphasizes going to the places where the families he researches lived, familiarizing himself with the environs, and tapping local resources for information on their historical roots.
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