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About The Sunderland/Ludwig Family
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Thank you for visiting - I hope that you will find something helpful.  I would be grateful if you can advise me of any errors, or if you can help fill in some gaps.

The names contained in this site are the ancestors, descendants and extended families of my parents Charles Benjamin Sunderland and Gladys Anna Ludwig.

Our branch of the Sunderland family originated in Halifax, Yorkshire, England where my great-grandfather Ben Sunderland was a wool dyer.  He left England in 1890, found work in Ulster County, New York and sent for his wife Susan and five children in 1891.  Ben's wife Susan was born in Scotland to James Paterson and Elizabeth Batty Paterson.  James was born in Fala Village, Scotland.  Elizabeth was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

My paternal grandmother was Minnie May Wild of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Wild and Sophia Orsinger Wild.  John Wild was born in Germany in 1842 to Johannes Wild and Maria Anna Jehle Wild.  Various descendents of this line in America used the last name variation Wilt.  Sophia was born in Harrisburg in 1852. Her father was Vincenz Orsinger, an innkeeper in Harrisburg, who immigrated from Eigeltingen, Germany in 1851. After John's death in 1879, Sophia married John Willoughby.

The Ludwig family came from Saxony, Germany in 1865.  My grandfather, Gustav Alfred Ludwig was born in Newark, New Jersey to Johan (John) Jacob Ludwig and Anna Maria Emelia Engelhorn Ludwig.  Johan Ludwig was born in 1844 and immigrated in 1865.  Anna Emelia Engelhorn arrived in the United States in 1851 and settled in Newark, New Jersey with her parents, Johann Engelhorn and Margaretha Rapp Engelhorn and two siblings.

My maternal grandmother was Lillian Mergner, the daughter of Otto Herman Mergner and Anna Catherine Mueller.  Lillian was born in Newark, New Jersey.  Her father, Otto immigrated from Reuss Elderline, Germany in 1868 with his parents and six siblings.  The family settled in Newark, New Jersey where he married Anna, the eldest child of Conrad Mueller and Catharina Feldpusch Mueller, in 1882.

The site also includes numerous connections to cousins in England, Scotland and the United States.

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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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