Sunday, August 28, 2011

*******Profiles of the Nabinger Family******* HERMANN NABINGER

Hermann & Else Nabinger - Copy

HERMANN & ELSE NABINGER - Ludwigshafen, Rheinland-Pfalz

Hermann Nabinger is the subject of our first “Personal Profile” of the Nabinger-Novinger Family. Hermann is being recognized because when I began my search to establish contact between the Novingers of the United States of America and the Nabingers of Germany, it was he who responded enthusiastically, providing me with information on the genealogy of the Nabingers in Rheinland-Pfalz, or Rhineland-Palatinate as it is known in English. In addition, when I and my wife, Tracy, planned a trip to Rheinland-Pfalz in June 2011, Hermann and Else were very gracious to invite us to stay in their home and take us to visit points of interest throughout the Palatinate- Homeland of the Nabinger-Novinger Family.

Hermann Nabinger - 06-2011 (95)
After growing up in Frankenstein, Rheinland-Pfalz, Hermann attended university in Kaiserslautern, Germany, training as a Bailiff in the Courts of Germany. Upon graduation, he opened his Bailiff’s Office in Ludwigshafen, operated this office throughout his professional career, and after retiring recently, continues to live in Ludwigshafen with his wife, Else.  Else was born in one of the wine producing villages on the Weinstrasse, or German Wine Route, a wonderful road passing through the many small towns that are located in the Palatinate wine region. After graduation from her studies, Else worked for a company located on the Wine Route until she and Hermann married.
Hermann Nabinger - 06-2011 (74)The most important village in Germany for the Novingers of the United States and the Nabingers of Germany is the village of Frankenstein, Pflaz. Our earliest records of the Nabinger Family are from Frankenstein and Hermann can trace his blood line back to the first recorded Nabinger who settled in Frankenstein and purchased one of the 2 farms located in this valley at the center of what is now the Village. In 1722 his ancestor paid for the construction of a small church building. That 1722 wooden church is no longer standing, but a substantial church now stands in the same location and adjoining the church is the village cemetery.  Today approximately 25% of all the people buried in this cemetery are of the Nabinger Family, as Nabingers make up a large percentage of the total population of Frankenstein.
While visiting Frankenstein our wives took the following picture of Hermann and me. Hermann is wearing a cap I gave him which was made in 1967 to commemorate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of my Mother & Father, Frank & Maude Novinger, from Collins, Iowa, USA, and I am wearing a Brazil cap to recognize the many Nabingers who immigrated to Brazil and now form a large Nabinger Family there.
Hermann Nabinger - 06-2011 (83) 
Glen Novinger (Left)  -  Hermann Nabinger (Right)
Together in Frankenstein, Rheinland-Pfalz

Sunday, August 21, 2011

NOVINGER <> NABINGER VISIT: Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany – June 2011

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Hermann Nabinger & Glen Novinger
In May, 2010, I contacted Hermann Nabinger in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Hermann Nabinger was born in Frankenstein, Rheinland-Pfalz, the earliest known village of the Novingers & Nabingers, and now lives in Ludwigshafen, just 45 kilometers from our Family Village.
So during the 2nd week of June, 2011, my wife, Tracy and I had the pleasure of meeting and visiting Hermann and his wife, Else, in their home. During the past year Hermann and I had compared our family genealogy trees and determined that we are directly related and descended from our common Grandfather, Hans Jakob Nabinger, who was born in 1630 or 1637 and died on 01/21/1710. Hans Jakob Nabinger is our 7th Great Grandfather, or 9 generations back in time.
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Hermann with Else and Tracy
During our week with Hermann and Else we made many visits to historic cities in the Rheinland-Pfalz State.  But none was more moving than the day we spent in Frankenstein. The photo below shows Hermann and myself sitting on a stone bench on a street in Frankenstein, just 30 meters from the location of the first Nabinger’s farm in that village.
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Check this Blog soon for more postings on our
Nabinger<>Novinger Home Town, Frankenstein, Rheinland-Pfalz.

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