Welcome to the John Heydinger Family Website

Created by Mike Heydinger on October 1, 2009      

In the middle of the nineteenth century there was no such thing as a citizenship test required of immigrants to become an officially recognized citizen of the United States. One reported to the jurisditionary court house and signed an affidavit that he or she wished to become a citizen and upon acceptance, that entitled the entire family to citizen status.

Why did John Adam wait nine years to make his declaration? It seems he may have bee acting to ensure that his youngest child, Maria, had his citizenship descend to her as a legally-of-age eighteen year old girl. The passenger manifest from 1851 lists Maria as being 9 at the time of her immigration. However, other records indicate she was born in 1837 and thus around fourteen upon her arrival. Sadly, we do not have acopy of her birth certificate.

Another possibility is that if we accept her actual age as 14 when she arrived, in 1859 she would have been closer to age 23 and still not a citizen. That may have had a bearing upon her impending marriage to Frank Wechter. However, we do not have their marriage certificate to determine when they married.


HELP!!! We need your HELP!!!

Posted by Mike Heydinger on October 15, 2009      

This is YOUR FAMILY WEBSITE. It will be successful only if YOU contribute. You do NOT have to be computer savy to help out. Contact us, and we'll git'er done!

We need Current Contact Information.

In order to keep all folks fully informed, we need CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION: street addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

Contact your siblings, your children away from home, your folks - anyone in the relation - to email us their current contact information. Send it to me at Mike_Heydinger@HuronHS.com.

If you are more comfortable with snail-mail, send any information to me at Mike Heydinger Box 112 Huron, OH 44839.

We need Family History Data.

Also, we would like to do a full page here of information on each branch of the original John Heydinger family. We will post histories of each branch, pictures as far back as we can get them, and any other interesting data about the branches - whatever YOU think ought to be up on the site. We ask you to send us digital files if possible. If you are not computer savy and still wish to make a contribution of materials to this site, please email us and we can arrange to either come to you or have materials shipped to us for scanning and then return to you.

PLEASE - on all pictures, identify each person with a recognizable face. If known, indicate the year and place the picture was taken. Protect your valuable pictures and documents with cardboard stiffeners!

We need Current Family Tree Information.

If you go to the FAMILY GENEALOGY TREE in the column to the right, you can open it by clicking on the RED words This Family Tree and locate your immediate family's limbs, branches, and twigs on the family tree.

The further back you go, the more accurate the information actually is. What we need most is more MODERN up-to-date information.

Locate your part of the family's information and update it for us, PLEASE. Email to us the new and improved data. Don't worry about formating the data. Just give us the names and important dates, tell us what generation they are in and under whose name they should go. Generation numbers are included just to the LEFT of each name.

In order to have the NEW information included in the revised tree, you MUST get it to us. We will maintain the original document in order to guarantee security. Sorry!