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This website traces the genealogy of two families descended from Georg
Trenkhlin of Simonswald, Germany.
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
Until the 16th Century Simonswald was called Sigmanswald. The
first reference to Simonswald was in 5 August 1178 when Pope Alexander
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
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,
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
There are many variations of the name Trenkle:
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
timber for the iron smelter in Simonswald.
There is a Family story about a Trenkle being
taken to Sweden
and tortured to death during the Thirty Year War.
The history of the Trenkle family in Simonswald, Germany
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
Additional details are available at: Hotel Bären.
Descendants of Georg Trenkhlin.
The descendants of Georg Trenkhlin can be traced
church records.The earliest available
church books are the Waldkirch Untersimonswald Kirchenbücher: Taufbuch,
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
traced. One line is the Bärenwirth lineage which continued in
Germany. The other line eventually continued in America.
of Georg Trenkhlin