Welcome to the
Boone County Germanna Study Group

Please join us for the

2016 Boone County KY Germanna Reunion!

This year's reunion will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016

at the Hopeful Lutheran Church in Florence KY

click here to view and print the registration form

Speakers for this event will be:

"Snyder - Blankenbeker Family Cemetery moved to Hopeful Lutheran Church Cemetery"

presented by Jeannine Kreinbrink, MA, RPA

President and Senior Archaeologist, K & V Cultural Resources Management, Union Ky

Jeannine will speak on the moving of the 36 graves
from the Snyder - Blankenbeker Family Cemetery
at Mall Road & US 42 in Florence KY
to the Hopeful Lutheran Church Cemetery in August 2014

"The Women of the Germanna Colonies"

presented by Dr. Katharine Brown

Germanna Foundation Board of Trustees, 1st Vice President

Katharine is proud to descend from 1714 Germanna immigrants John Jacob Rector
and his wife Anna Elisabeth Fishback,
as well as from Elisabethís immigrant parents,
Philip Fishback and his wife Elisabeth Heimbach.

Born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Katharine grew up in the 1878 house
her Rector ancestor William Nelson Chancellor built,
and that she and her husband Madison are now restoring.

She graduated from Hollins College then received a Ph.D. in history
from The Johns Hopkins University.
She has been executive director of the Stonewall Jackson House in
Lexington, Virginia, and the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace (now Presidential
Library) in Staunton, Virginia, and director of research and collections
at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia.
For the past twenty years, she has been a founding partner
of Lotís Wife Publishing, a local history publishing company.
She is the author or co-author of twenty books
on Virginia history and church history.
After 25 years of teaching as Professor of History and Art,
she has now retired from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton,
where she had taught historic preservation, museum studies, and furniture history.

She and Madison are the proud parents of three married sons
and grandparents of three granddaughters.
They have enjoyed leading each of the Germanna trips to Germany,
and Katharine also chairs the Foundationís publications committee.
She is the author of Germanna Record #17.

"Documents Used to Identify the Second Germanna Colonists"

presented by Cathi Clore Frost

Germanna Foundation Board of Trustees, Secretary, and Chair of the Events Committee

Cathiís ancestors include Second Colony members of the Clore, Kaifer, Weaver,
Volck, and Blankenbaker families as well as members of the Hirsch/Deer and
Razor families who were later comers to the Hebron / Robinson River community
in Madison County, Virginia.

Her Clore and Deer families settled in Boone County, Kentucky in 1811
and later went to Indiana. Her ancestor Israel Clore sold his Boone County farm
to the Dinsmore family which built the frame house
now open to the public as the Dinsmore Homestead.

Cathi is the author of Germanna Record #16: The First Four Generations of the
Michael Clore Family published in 2005 and of Germanna Record #19: The First
Five Generations of the Nicholas Yager Family published in 2010.
She is currently researching the Michael Willheit (Wilhoit, Wilhite, etc.)
family for a future Germanna Record with scheduled publication date of 2017.
She also maintains a database of Germanna descendants
for the Germanna Foundation.

Cathi Clore Frost has lived in Oregon her entire life although she spent time
in Perth, Australia and Vienna, Austria as an exchange student.
She graduated with honors from Linfield College
after completing a B.A. in History and Education.
In the past she has been a social studies teacher and a librarian but currently
works part time as a tap dance instructor (to the great amusement of her family
and friends) and office manager of a dance studio.
Cathi is married to Bob Frost and they have two children.

Lunch boxes will again be available to order from Kremer's Market
which is owned by Germanna descendant Warren Heist and family.

Looking forward to seeing all of you in July 2016!


An Original 1832 Election document for Boone County KY
has been found at an Auction House in Ohio!

This important historical document has now been returned to the Boone County KY Courthouse.

This document lists the Boone County KY residents' name and their votes
in this Election held in Burlington KY in August 1832.

Annual Election
August 1832
For to Elect a Governor, Lieut. Governor and one Legislator from Boone
For the Commonwealth of Kentucky
At the Courthouse in Burlington

Below you can view the SCANS of the actual 1832 Boone County KY ELECTION document

(split into 2 different pdfs)

view PAGES 1 thru 14 of original document 4.3 MB

view PAGES 15 thru 28 of original document 4.3 MB

view all pages of this ELECTION transcribed on spreadsheet
with Germanna family names highlighted in yellow

view List of only the Germanna Names
taken from the 1832 ELECTION held in Boone County KY

Our Mission Statement

To collect and preserve the history of the Hopeful Lutheran Church
and the family histories of the German Lutherans who traveled from Madison County, Virginia to Boone County Ky
including their descendants who remained here in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties.

Your Help Is Needed ~ Go On A Search
Share Your Discoveries and Pass It On

Please search your items and talk to family and friends
to aid us in collecting and preserving this history.

To contribute any items, please email boonegermanna@fuse.net

We are currently researching and collecting family histories of the following Germanna surnames:
Aylor, Beemon, Blankenbaker, Carpenter/Zimmerman, Clore, Crigler, Deer/Hirsch, Glore,
Hoffman/Huffman, Holsclau/Holtzclaw, House/Haus, Rouse/Rausch, Tanner, Utz, Weaver, Yager

In addition to those family histories, we are also seeking the below items relating
to Boone County Pre-1950 history:
-- Florence School and Burlington School pictures and yearbooks
-- Bibles Ė old Family Bibles with names or photographs in them
-- Diaries, Journals and Books Ė of persons with surnames from the above list
-- Hopeful Lutheran Church photos, programs, etc.
-- Postcards and Letters addressed to and from Boone County Ky and cities within
-- Photographs of Boone County families including cabinet cards and tin-types even if they
do not have names on them but they came from a Boone County home.

Please do not throw these items away even if you don't know who they are.
Maybe we can help identify them.

Family Names ~ Photos and Genealogy Research

More names will be added as information is collected







Deer / Hirsch


Hoffman / Huffman

Holsclau / Holtzclaw

House / Haus

Rouse / Rausch






They Came from Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison County, Virginia

The below image written in German was taken from the Hebron Church, Virginia records on microfilm at the Library of Virginia.

On October 3, 1805, eighteen members of the Hebron Lutheran Church of Madison County, Virginia,
(at that time known of the Old Dutch or German Church) received Holy Communion.
This was not celebrated on a Sunday, but was a special Communion service as the heading on the communion list states,
"Communicants were the following persons who had it in mind to move to the outlying regions (Boone County, Kentucky)."

Five days later after the above Communion List, a party of twelve adults and seventeen children
began their journey that would take them to Boone County, Kentucky.
The twelve adults were Ephraim and Susannah (House) Tanner, George and Elizabeth (Zimmerman) Rouse, John and Susannah (Tanner) House,
John and Nancy (Zimmerman) Rouse, Frederick and Rosannah (Crigler) Zimmerman, and Solomon and Elizabeth (Tanner) Hoffman.
All but Solomon Hoffman were members of Hebron Church and had received the Sacrament on October 3rd.
Of the seventeen children, the oldest was ten years old, the youngest not yet a year old.

They traveled first to New Market, Virginia, then down the Shenandoah Valley to the Holston River.
Then they followed Daniel Booneís route through the Cumberland Gap and on up to Lexington.
Following the Ridge Route (present day U.S. 25),
they arrived in Boone County on November 25, forty-eight days after leaving Madison County.

Shortly thereafter, they founded the Hopeful Lutheran Church here in Boone County, Ky.
with the first Constitution of the Church, written in German, adopted on January 6, 1806, Epiphany Day.
To view the first Constitution, please visit the Hopeful Church history page

Hopeful Evangelical Lutheran Church

click here for Hopeful Church history and information

Unidentified Photos

click here to view several unidentified photos
Lots of family photos also.
Maybe you have one of the same photos that has a name on it?

Hopeful Lutheran Church has been awarded a KY Historical Highway Marker!

Sincere thanks to the Boone County Historical Society
whose research and funding made this Historical Highway Marker possible.
The Dedication Ceremony and Unveiling of the new Historical Highway was held on June 24, 2012.

Photos below of the front and the back of Highway Marker

Don Rightmyer of the Kentucky Historical Society speaks during the Dedication Ceremony

Past Reunions

View photos and information of our past Reunions and Events

Boone County Schools

click here for history and old pictures

Boone County Cemeteries

click here for Cemetery listings and pictures

FLORENCE KY history and information

Florence, Kentucky ~ The First Century 1830-1930
by Paul Tanner, July 1933

Florence Ky information from Wikipedia encyclopedia

Florence Ky History
on Florence KY Online website

Florence Ky Churches
on Northern Ky Views website

LINKS to Boone County history and research information

Boone County Probate Records online at familysearch.org
includes: Administrator, Executor and Guardian Bonds and Settlements,
Will Records, and Inventories
Though these scans of the courthouse record books are not yet searchable by a name,
most of the volumes have an alpha index by last name in the front of each volume.

Roots Web Boone County

Boone County Historical Society
with a number of books and papers uploaded

Boone County Library Local History & Genealogy

Origin of Boone County newspaper article by William Fitzgerald from the Boone County Recorder
donated by Fay Kirkpatrick

Boone County Heritage

Northern Ky Views Boone County

More Links from Northern Ky Views Boone County

Boone County History at boonecountyky.org

Boone Barn Quilt Trail by The Florence Woman's Club
View all the quilt boards hung on barns in Boone County

A Journey into the Past by William Conrad
A historical tour of Boone Countyís River Country

Boone County Baptist Church Histories


KY Counties Formation Slide Show

VA Counties Formation Slide Show

VA current counties & Independent Cities

LINKS to Germanna Websites

Germanna Colonies website by the Germanna Research Group

Second Colony website by the Germanna Research Group

Who is a Germanna Colonist?

1st & 2nd Germanna Colonies Family History with many links and a great search engine
George W. Durmanís website

John Blankenbakerís Germanna Notes and Genealogy Comments

Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison County, Virginia

Hebron Lutheran Church in Virginia ~ more pictures

The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia

LINKS to researchersí websites

Cathi Clore Frost's database on RootsWeb

Kathy Easton Caminitiís database on RootsWeb

Jeff Aylorís Genealogy Page

Germanna descendantsí websites

We have a few items left for sale

Hopeful Lutheran Church coffee mug

Mug with sketch of Hopeful Ev. Lutheran Church
and writing of: Hopeful Ev. Lutheran Church ~ Florence, Kentucky ~ Oldest Lutheran Church West of the Allegheny Mts.

email boonegermanna@fuse.net to arrange pickup of mug in Florence for $5.00
or can be shipped in the U.S. for $5.00 plus $6.45 box/shipping charges = $11.45 total (add $1.75 for insurance)

Nice Reprinted Booklet of the 1854 ~ A History of Hopeful Church, Boone County, Ky by Rev. David Harbaugh

email boonegermanna@fuse.net to arrange pickup of booklet in Florence for $10.00
or can be shipped in the U.S. for $13.50 includes shipping (add 1.85 for insurance)


This website is sponsored by the Boone County Germanna Study Group
To add information or to correct any errors, please contact Kathy Easton Caminiti or Michael D. Rouse
at email: boonegermanna@fuse.net

Many Thanks to all the people that have donated their time, photos, and information
to this website and for sharing their passion of genealogy and local history!


These electronic pages may NOT be reproduced in any format for profit or presentation by any other organization or persons.
Persons or organizations desiring to use this material, must obtain the written consent of the contributor.
The contributors have given permission to the Boone County Germanna Study Group to store the file permanently for free access.

Webmaster ~ Kathy Caminiti

Please report any non-working links on this website to Kathy at boonegermanna@fuse.net or eastonhistory@fuse.net

Kathy's personal genealogy research includes the surnames:
Easton, Tanner, Rouse/Rausch, Vaughan,
Blankenbaker, Clore, Deer/Hirsch, Ellis, Gaar, Glore, Reed, Sanders, Schwietert, Stuckey,
Utz, Vining, Volck, Wallace, Weaver/Weber, Welch, Yager, Zimmerman and more families

NOTE: The website www.eastonhistory.com has been moved to the Boone Germanna's website at www.boonegermanna.com/easton