The Paper Trail
My family – Peper/Paeper/Pfeffer came from what was known as East Germany around Schwerin. As far as I have been able to go back they have been Lutherans and Germans. I have often wondered if some of the earlier ancestors came from elsewhere, like Poland, etc. I have only gotten back to the latter 1700′s. I have a lot of documentation from this area of Mecklenburg. Regarding the other lines, as far as I can determine, all my ancestors came from the eastern part of Germany, some from around Bautzen, another line from around Dessau-Anhalt. Some even came from below Dresden and worked on the Elbe River. I won’t try to upload an image because of my computer, but I have numerous copies of original church documents. They came to this country in the middle 1800′s and settled in the area of South Texas where all the Germans settled.