Catharina Weidner at the Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister

  My 7th great-grandmother, Catharina (Schneider) Weidner, moved to the community at the Ephrata Cloister, along with her young children, after the death of her husband. The Ephrata Cloister, in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1732.  It was a religious community, founded by German immigrants.  They were semi-monastic, with a monastery and […]

Journey Across the Pond


Most lines of my family tree came to America before 1750.  I have very little documentation of their journey across the pond at this point, as I’ve been concentrating on completing my American records first. Confirmed Passenger Lists The only passenger list that I have is for the Albrecht/Albright family who traveled from Palatine Germany […]