Genealogy Question about the Leonhardt family name in Alsace
by April (Leonhard) Hughey
(Hendersonville, Tennessee USA)
My maiden name is Leonhard. My name is April Leonhard. I was recently reunited with my father and family.
I have wondered for many years what the origin of my maiden name is. After reuniting with my father, I have found out so much information regarding our last name.
I found out that my great grandfather, George Lawrence Leonhard was a baker. His father who is also named George came over to the US from Alsace, France and landed in Kansas.
I joined Ancestory.com and traced the Leonhard name, which was actually spelled Leonhardt back seven generations.
Good news, I just received all my great-grandfather's bakery recipes; what a treasure!
I am looking to make a trip to Alsace in the near future. I was told that it is difficult to trace family who came from Alsace, France due to the ownership changes between France and Germany.
I was told that I would need to go to the individual villages to do my research, is that correct?
In regards to the Leonhard name, I was told that it is a well respected German name. If there is any type of information you might be able to give me, I would greatly appreciate it.
April Leonhard Hughey
P.S. Where would I go to obtain some Alsatian language information?