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I FOUND IT! ****I got this story from Jackie Lauersdorf, her father is Otto Lauersdorf who immigrated to America in abt 1952, yes 1952 with his mother from Germany. This is their family name story:

There were these tiny villages in Germany, pre Prussian, maybe around the 1200's, and the villagers were not happy with their overlord or baron or whatever he was called. Each individually tried to overthrow him, but it didn't work. So this hunter(named Lauers) got the villages together and they overthrew the baron. The people were happy and they united the villages and then named the new dorf, Lauersdorf. Which means Hunter's village in old high german And all his descendants carry the name Lauersdorf.

My thanx to Jackie's Oma :)

I recently have made new friends with some long lost relatives! If you are a LAUERSDORF, SCHULIST OR GRULKE you have come to the right place. My name is Sally Ann Hagen, nee Lauersdorf. My father is Lyal Roland Lauersdorf, my mother is Mary Ann Schulist, my paternal grandparents were Roland Louis Lauersdorf and Sylvia Ruth Ella Grulke; my maternal grandparents Joseph Frank Schulist and Gertrude Veronica Lukowitz. On my Lauersdorf tree, my great-grandfather was Louis Julius Lauersdorf, his father was Francis Lauersdorf and my GGG-Grandfather was Ferdinand Lauersdorf, born abt 1807 and immigrated to Wisconsin abt.1848, and settled in Lebanon, Dodge County, Wisconsin. Ferdinand was presumably married twice, to Louisa Bothe/Bode and to Helena Schwefel. He was the father of at least 10 children. I recently acquired a family bible of Johann (Ferdinand) Lauersdorf b. 1837, married to Maria Louise Lauersdorf (yes, that's her maiden name, I recently found out who her parents are, yes, they were cousins). The bible lists their children and their children's godparents. It's hand-written in German. You can find copies of those pages below.

I was born in Waukesha in 1959,I have 2 children and a stepdaughter. I have been doing genealogy for as long as I can remember.I have also spoken to civic groups about genealogy and house histories. In addition to genealogy I research the history of houses, and Waukesha city and county history.


Our Hagen surname has been researched thoroughly. We are descendants of the Torgrim Olsen and Marte Hansdatter HAGEN family from Gran Parish, Fylke of Oppland, Hadeland, Norway. We have wonderful family reunions every three years with as many of our family that can join us! My husband Tom's Great-Grandparents Thomas and Pauline (Almli) Hagen settled in Cumberland, Barron County, Wisconsin in the late 1800's, after a brief stay in Minnesota.

I am also researching a FULLER surname, Hosea being the patriarch, Elon the son and Galusha the grandson, Galusha and Martha Winne FULLER's children being Louis Fuller, Helen Fuller Kitson and Minnie Fuller Rouse. I am hoping to connect with any of these relatives of Galusha's, as I am presently living in his house! Galusha and Martha Fuller have become a part of our family!PLEASE contact me about any of these names.

Most of my relatives came from Germany in the mid 1800's or later, and settled in Milwaukee or Dodge Counties, in Wisconsin. I'm hoping to add pictures, newspaper articles, and anything of interest from ANY of my relatives, no matter how distant! (Can we say obsessed? hehe) I am also available to do research, in exchange for services or information, or for a fee. If you write to me asking me about specific information on your relative, I can tell you now, unless they are directly related I won't know but will try to help.

Nice to meet you :) You can find me on facebook, I'd be glad to friend you.
Updated November 2, 2013


Sally Ann Lauersdorf Hagen

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  • lists all the information I have collected (2176 KB)
    updated Nov 2013 Most of this page cannot be updated via my latest version of family tree maker. I have updated all my information available at ancestry and will keep trying to update this page

Family Photos

  • Great grampa's shoe shop in Juneau Wisconsin (535 KB)
    About 1913. Palace Shoe shop. l to r Hugo Werblow, Howard Lauersdorf, Norbert Vogel, Lillian Lauersdorf, Louis Lauersdorf. Roland Lauersdorf is behind the glass in the office.
  • Louis & Jeanne Lauersdorf Family Picture abt 1913 (718 KB)
    l to r Roland, Otie, Jennie, Louis, Howard (in Louis's lap) and Lillian.
  • Ferdinand Lauersdorf Bible (140 KB)
    Ferdinand b. 1837 and his Wife Maria kept this account of their children, birth, baptism and death dates. Name inside the front cover reads Frank Lauersdorf.
  • The Independent (newpaper) June 6, 1924 (1265 KB)
    (LARGE FILE may take a while to load) Page of the newspaper with several small articles about Louis Lauersdorf new duplex in Milwaukee, Lillian(Lauersdorf) and Stanley White - birth of a boy (William White), Lauersdorfs in town for wedding of Roland Lauersdorf and Sylvia Grulke, Otie Lauersdorf's lapse of memory - quite silly!

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