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The Dahl Family - Oberotterbach, Germany to Louisville

Updated January 15, 2005

Cindy and Steve Dahl
4405 Accomack Drive
Louisville, KY 40241
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Welcome to our Home Page! Cindy & I are researching the Dahl Family from Oberotterbach, Germany. We traveled to Oberotterbach in October 2002 where we spent 10 days with the Dahl's that still live in the village. Our first trip was in October 2000. We will be returning in 2005. Johann Georg Dahl and Eva Catharina Roller came to America in 1857. They settled in Louisville, Kentucky and were married in 1858 in Louisville, Ky. Amazingly enough over 100 people from Oberotterbach and surrounding villages settled in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. One immigrant from Oberotterbach was Johann Westermann who was one of the founders of the St. Johann Evangelische Church in Louisville in the early 1840's. We will be happy to share information that we have compiled on the families that came to Louisville from Oberotterbach, Dorrenbach, Rechtenbach, etc. We also welcome any corrections or additions. We hope that you find something useful here as well as enjoyable.

Steve & Cindy

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Family Photos

  • The sign entering the Village of Oberotterbach (112 KB)
    Entrance to the Village of Oberotterbach. The sign was carved by Volker Dahl, the village wood carver.
  • Oberotterbach nestled in the Valley (1529 KB)
    A picture taken from the village cemetery through the vineyards. Most villages in the area look similar. Nestled along a stream where fresh water from the Pfalzwald (Pfalz Forest) runs through the village providing a clean water source.
  • Cindy with one of Volker Dahl's Carvings (100 KB)
    Volker Dahl is a great woodcarver! He has carved over 50 tree stumps along a walk path as part of the "Enchanted Forest" tour up the mountain to Gutenberg Castle. He has carved various forest creatures out of stumps. It is quite interesting!
  • Evangelisch Church in Oberotterbach (58 KB)
    Originally built around 1200 AD. Services are still held in the church. Heavily damaged by wars several times and had to be partially rebuilt.
  • Oberotterbach along the Southern Weinstrasse (359 KB)
    A map of the Southern Rheinland-Pfalz showing how close Oberotterbach is to the current Alsace France border. IN 992AD Oberotterbach officially became a hamlet governed by the German Kaiser Otto III.
  • Unterdorfstrasse in Oberotterbach (73 KB)
    The center of the village of Oberotterbach.
  • The Evangelische Church Damaged by WW II (792 KB)
    85% of the village of Oberotterbach was either heavily damaged or destroyed from WW II. This is a photo of the belltower showing holes in the stone from shelling.
  • Voker & Maria Dahl (1472 KB)
    Oct 2002 we made a 1 hour trip to Speyer and had a great time.
  • Mike Dahl and Alberta Wise Robinson (652 KB)
    Mike and Alberta's (Steve's grandparents) wedding photo in 1910, Louisville, KY.
  • An Evening with the Brendel's (34 KB)
    We were invited for dinner to the Brendel's home in Oct 2002 and had a super time eating Flamkuchen, beer and wine. Rudolph and Kate were great hosts!
  • Dahl Family Meeting in Oberotterbach Oct 2002 (1669 KB)
    The Dahl's from the area met at Maria & Volker's home for food, wine and fun. We played music and sang. Of the 4 Dahl lines (supposedly) in the area they all have a common name as an ancestor, Heinrich Dahl approx 1729. Amazing that we can't link the entire familt thru records with Heinrich! Next year DNA tests to Oberotterbach. We will find out who are cousins!
  • Ilona (Dahl) Duchmann daughter of Volker & Maria (1606 KB)
    Pictured here with Ilona are Pascal Ilona's only child and Peter, Ilona's friend. Pascal is the only grandchild of Volker & Maria and they spoil him rotten! He is a hoot. He will have English classes starting next school year. We can't wait till he can understand us.
  • The Woodcarver at work (1177 KB)
    Here Volker is carving during Oberotterbach's annual Wine Festival. Thousands of people visited the village and came into the courtyard of Volker & Maria to see and buy his woodcarvings. Most just window shopped but some bought. We had a great time in their courtyard during the Winefest. It is held during the last weekend of September every year. It is the Pfalz area's equal to Octoberfest.
  • Maria & Cindy - Courtyard during the Wine Festival (1436 KB)
    Cindy and Maria are best buddies. Maria has been taking English classes every Monday night since we first met them in 2000. She can understand and speak English very well. Thank goodness.
  • Blackwood Forest (Schwartzwald) (1276 KB)
    Volker and Maria took us on a day trip to the Blackwood Forest. The views were breathtaking. Cindy and I ordered a clock. The Blackwood Forest is the origin of the cookoo clock.

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