A Bit of History
In 1720, Hans Jacob Oehler decided he'd had enough of the endless wars and religious persecution that had been going on in the German Confederation for over 100 years, so he packed up his family and his belongings and, along with a large part of the population of Wuerttemberg and other southern German states, set sail for the New World.
The Oehler family came from Southern Germany, near Stuttgart, from towns called Cleebronn, Hafnerhalsch and Botenheim. Click here for a map of the area (from the Broyles home page).
It is not known what happened to Jacob, but his wife, Anna, his son Henry, and daughter Elizabeth turn up in the Spottswood's Germanna Colony in Virginia in or about 1725. Jacob's wife Anna was the daughter of Second Germanna colonist Henry Snyder. Jacob's daughter Elizabeth married Christopher Tanner. Jacob's great-granddaughter Mary (Polly) Aylor married Pastor William Carpenter Jr., who was pastor at Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison Co., VA, and later at Hopeful Lutheran Church in Boone County, Kentucky.
In 1810, several Aylor's left their Virginia home and took the overland route through the Cumberland Gap along the Wilderness Road to Northern Kentucky. Their story, along with that of the Second Germanna Colony, is a fascinating study in early American history. For more information on the subject of Germanna, you can write to The Germanna Foundation, PO Box 693, Culpeper, VA 22701, or see their website. Also check out some of my other Germanna links below.
My FilesMy research focuses primarily on those Aylors who migrated to Boone County, KY in the early 1800's from Virginia (Germanna and Madison County, where the Hebron Lutheran Church is located).
Book ForthcomingI am still working on my book. The working title is The Aylor Family of Boone County, Kentucky. Its been in the research phase for almost 20 years and is just now showing signs of getting close. I figure at this rate I may have it done before I retire. :-) I plan to focus on descendants of those Aylors who moved to Boone County, Kentucky in the early 1800's, but I will also include some of the early Virginia Aylors and some lines back into Germany.
When it gets to the stage where its almost ready, I'll make a big deal about it on this web site and the various genealogy mailing lists I subscribe to.
For information on how you can help, click here.
Online ResearchThese are some of the things I am working on:
Germanna and Boone Co Aylors
Other Related Families
You can join the AYLOR Family Discussion List by sending an e-mail message to AYLOR-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org with the text SUBSCRIBE in the body of the message. You will receive directions from there via email. Do not include any other keywords or signatures, etc.
The AYLOR-L list is very low volume, so if you sign up, you won't be bombarded with a bunch of email. I took over as ListOwner back in November of 1998. I'd like to see some more interest, but let's face it, Aylor isn't that common of a name!
Here is some additional info about this list:
Germanna & Boone County email lists:Click here for info on the Germanna_Colonies email list.
Dr. James H. Aylor
Deryl Aylor's page
Angi Aylor Boselli's Homepage
Karen Aylor's Page
Adam Aylor's web page
Dr. Steve Aylor's Web Page
Mary Aylor's page
Texas' Dara Aylor wins scholarship
Steve Ruggles has a few AYLORs in his GenDex database.
Just getting started?
Here are some helpful tips on how to begin your search. Thanks for the tip, Ashley!
Other SpellingsAll of the spellings I have for families other than "AYLOR" are on this page somewhere. (eg. AILOR, EHLER, etc). I have been swamped lately with requests for other spellings and unfortunaltely, I don't have time to look them all up. My original intention was to be a clearing house for all spelling variations of AYLOR but it turns out I can't even keep up with my own! So I apologize if you cannot find what you are looking for here, but there is almost no chance I can help if its not already here. -Jeff
The Other Side...I'm also descended from the Wards, Millers, Hayes's & Guards of Dearborn County, Indiana. There isn't really anything genealogically related to them on this page, but if you have any info, I'm interested.
SoftwareAs far as software, I use an old DOS-based program called "The Family Edge Plus" written by Carl York. I have been unable to find any web sites that sell this program, and based on the fact that it is DOS, I assume it is no longer available. Which is a shame, really, because it is a fanatastic tool, extremely fast, intuitive, and easy to use. It has tons of keystroke-saving shortcuts built in.
Another program I like, more for printing data than for entering it, was once called GED*Mate, aka Corel Family Publisher. Nowadays, I hear it goes by the name of Family Tree Creator. I have the original GED*Mate (by Progeny Software in Canada). It prints fantastic reports and even an automatically-indexed book right from your GEDCOM file. I can't find a good link to it on the web.
If you have a link you would like to add here, give me a buzz.
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