This post was inspired by Stephen Danko who was inspired by Blaine Bettinger's post Where Was My Y-DNA and mtDNA in 1808? who first mentioned John D. Reid's post Where has your DNA been? in which he uses Google Maps to pinpoint the locations of his Y-DNA and mtDNA in 1808 and 1908. Whew, how's that for the "genealogy" of a post? LOL.
As if I didn't have anything else to do, I just spent the past two hours playing with Google Maps. What fun! I know I'm going to spend some more time there creating additional maps. I'll have to make sure my distant cousin, George Joslin, knows about this. He's got a list of several hundred places that his grandfather, Luther Joslin, lived in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Montana, and Kansas between 1870 and 1930. He has hand drawn a rough draft but Google Maps would make it so much easier for him, I think.
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The map is embedded, which I think means you should be able to click on it to zoom in and out. Not sure how that works. We'll see. - - Update: Click on the "View Larger Map" text and it will take you to the Google Maps page for this particular map.
The Phend and Wiseman families were two of three families who were the last of my lines to make it to these shores. The other family is Fisher, who came somewhere from "Germany" about 1833, a year or so after the Phend and Wiseman families.
Blue Marker - Bern, Switzerland
The Wiseman family resided "somewhere" in the prefecture of Bern prior to their emigration to Switzerland County, Indiana in 1832.
Rose Colored Marker - Gsteig, Switzerland
Jacob and Verena Laederich Kuebli were married in Gsteig in 1785. Their daughter Susanna would marry Johannes B'hend.
Red Marker (hidden behind the rose colored marker, zoom in on map to see it) - Interlaken, Switzerland
The Phend (B'hend) family was in the Interlaken - Matten bei Interlaken area in 1808 and before. Barbara Phend, half-sister of Jacob, was born in Habkern. Johannes B'hend and his wife Susanna Kuebla emigrated to the United State in 1832.
France - purple marker - LeHavre - port of embarkation
Both the Phend and Wiseman families left through the port of LeHavre in 1832 on their way to the United States. It is doubtful that they knew each other. The Phend's settled for a while in Ohio then made their way to northern Indiana while the Wiseman's settled in Switzerland County, Indiana.