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This website traces the genealogy of two families descended from Georg Trenkhlin of Simonswald, Germany.

Simonswald

The Municipality of Simonswald is in the southern Black Forest of Germany about 25 km northeast of Freiburg.  Today Simonswald consists of the historically independent old communities of Simonswald, Altsimsonswald, Untersimonswald, Obersimonswald, Haslach and Wildgutach all located in Simonswald Valley.

Until the 16th Century Simonswald was called Sigmanswald.  The first reference to Simonswald was in 5 August 1178 when Pope Alexander III confirmed the rights to the Simonswald Valley to the Convent St. Margarthern in Waldkirch. 

Beginning in the 13th Century, this region was part of Austria (Further Austria / Vorderösterreich / Vorlande) and ruled by the House of Habsburg. The Habsburg's rule lasted about 500 years. In 1805, the region became part of the Grand Duchy of Baden.

During the 16th Century, this region did not join the Protestant Reformation and remained Catholic.

The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) was disastrous. At various times, the region was occupied by the Austrians, the French, the Swedish, the Spanish and various German states. Virtually no records survived this period.

The revolutions of 1848 and 1849 had a great impact. Prussian Troops put down the rebellion and many citizens were arrested or forced to flee.

Early Trenkles

There are many variations of the name Trenkle: Tränkle, Trenkhlin, Trenkhle, Tränkhlin, etc. The name has long been known in Simonswald Valley. A Heiny Tränkhlin is mentioned in a document dated 20 August 1416.

Family lore has that the Trenkles came from Tyrol in the 16th century as loggers to cut timber for the iron smelter in Simonswald.

There is a Family story about a Trenkle being captured, taken to Sweden and tortured to death during the Thirty Year War.

Hotel Bären

The history of the Trenkle family in Simonswald, Germany is closely linked to the history of the Hotel Bären. The Hotel Bären has been in the Trenkle Family for more than 350 years since the founding by Hans Trenkhlin in 1634 (400 Jahre Gasthof Bären in Simonswald).  The history of Hotel Bären is described in a couple of newspaper articles (1, 2)

The current Bärenwirt (Innkeeper) is Karl Trenkle. He has researched the history of the Hotel Bären (Geschichtliches vom Gasthaus zum Bären).  He developed a wide ranging chronology beginning in 1601 with  Conrad Trenkhlin (Zur Geschichte des Bären).

Additional details are available at: Hotel Bären.



Descendants of Georg Trenkhlin.

The descendants of Georg Trenkhlin can be traced though church records.The earliest available church books are the Waldkirch Untersimonswald Kirchenbücher: Taufbuch, Ehebuch and Totenbuch (Baptismal-, Marriage-, and Death- book) 1637 - 1791 and the Waldkirch Kirchenbücher: Taufbuch and Ehebuch (Baptismal-, Marriage-, book) 1643 - 1782. Available church books continue to the year 1910. With the aid of the church records two lines of descendants of Georg Trenkhlin have been traced. One line is the Bärenwirth lineage which continued in Germany.  The other line eventually continued in America.

Descendants of Georg Trenkhlin
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Bärenwirt Lineage
Georg
Pelagius
Hans Martin
Antony
Jakob
Josef
Josef
Carl
Karl
Franz
Karl

American Lineage
Jakob
Joseph
Emil
Karl
Charles
Thomas