Southern Baden, Germany    

Meinrad's family lived in Atzenbach and Zell, Baden, in the Black Forest hill country of southwest Germany near Basel, Switzerland.
Meinrad later moved to Wehr, Baden where the Trefzgers lived.

All of the Trefzger immigrants in North & South America whose ancestors could be traced have come from the little town of Wehr, Baden in the Black Forest in Southwestern Germany.

Wehr is about 5 miles north of the Rhine River and Switzerland, and about 25 miles east of Bazil, Switzerland and France. Wehr lies in the Wehr river valley at an elevation of about 950 feet. Wehr, today, is a town of 12,000 or 13,000 population.

Our Bergers emmigrated from Wehr in 1851 or '53 and our Trefzgers in 1855. This was just after the Revolution of 1848. (See the link to 'Baden history'.)

Bergers are recorded in Wehr's history back to the year 1800 and the Trefzgers back to 1333 according to a book written about the history of Wehr and translated by Renate Sheblessy. We believe Meinrad moved to Wehr about 1826.

St. Martin's Catholic Church kept excellent birth, marriage and death records. They have been microfilmed back to the mid 1600s.

The photos of the area, as well as the old photos, and the photos of Wehr around 2000 are very interesting.

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