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

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