I recently visited Langnau, Bern, Switzerland and spent two days immersed in all things Langenegera. My wife and I arrived at the railway station of Langnau June 25, 2004, exhausted from a long flight from San Francisco. When we left the train station, we were immediately impressed by the unique character of the area.
Behind the railway station are the remains of a cobbled street, now laid by asphalt. Wherever we looked there were beautiful Swiss houses and buildings – many of them hundreds of years – and all are colorfully decorated with pink and red begonias, placed in flower boxes under each window. As we found out later, Emmentaler – is also a country of miracles hidden bridges, friendly people, Church of spies with the Swiss clock and chimes, ringing the bell karovavyh – everything you would expect from Switzerland.
As we walked to our hotel in Barrie, we noticed how friendly and courteous the locals – stopping to allow us to cross the street and smile as we passed with a friendly "Hallo" or "Guten Morgen". The town is dotted with long stone tanks, of which one end of the well water spills, and on the other flows. They are like the stone horse tank. They are available to anyone who wants a cool drink with a good water.
After we settled into our room at the Landgasthof Adler, owner kindly invited us on a short trip to the countryside, where we saw more beautiful houses and pastures. After we returned, we asked a few locals in the restaurant of the farm Langenegger, and they laughed. It turns out that there are many Langeneggers, and we did not know the name of the people who lived in the original house that we came to see.
Hills about 1200 feet above the valley bottom and incredibly green with herbs and forest areas which are visible from any point of the city. Langnau is small – maybe three or four long blocks across, and the hills seem to be very close. Black and white cows break up the greens and give a beautiful jingle as they graze around the bell to bell. Higher bells worn by sheep and goats, combined with awkward Bon Bongo cow bells, creating a delicious backdrop for landscapes. This is the last sound we heard, when our first night we slept in Langnau, covered with a blanket out of the pen.
The birds woke us up wonderfully green world, which with & # 39 is the summer Langnau. We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast of homemade bread and jelly provided by our host, Stephen. We had hoped to come to church, but found that our information was wrong and came too early. Instead, we started walking tour of Langnau early. Langnau – a small town, and we walked along the main streets around noon when we took a break for lunch to share a small pies with cheese and apple pastries with a small store close to the city center. Until now the local museum has been opened since. It is located in one of the oldest houses Langnau and & # 39 is an excellent opportunity to look inside one of these magnificent buildings and see all fancy carpentry, builders made. It is also an excellent museum with a number of permanent and rotating exhibits that reflect the history of Langnau and its inhabitants.
Associate Professor of the museum lives in Langnau for 70 years and knows very well the name Langeneger. She quickly found a book in which he placed the crest of something & # 39; and Langeneggerav – one for those who are in the valley (Langenegg Ey), and one for those who are higher in the hills (Langenegg Unter). It is also nice to make out the name on Lange (Long in English – pronounced & # 39; Long & # 39; also in German) and Negg (hill in English – pronounced & # 39; neck & # 39; in German) . I still could not confirm the word & # 39; ng & # 39; anywhere – but that's what she said. The book includes the statement: "Ulrich, von Langnau, wanderte 1748 nach Pennsylvanien (USA) Aus (Faust 61)", which translates to about that Ulrich Langengeger immigrated to Pennsylvania in the United States in 1748. This is our ancestor Ulrich Langengeger senior. The book does not provide an additional source for the information. On the map, Langeneg Unter is about a 30-minute hike up the hill from the museum and Langenegg Hey – about a mile down the river from Langnau. Since Unter for many years belonged to someone other than Langenegera, we decided in more detail look at the Ey property in the valley, to see if we can at least take a picture of a house, and perhaps if we were really lucky to meet a distant relative.
Margaret and walked along the river, where many of the locals a break from everyday life, to cool off. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of the covered bridges in Langnau and around them – is still in use. We even rode on one of the streets in Langnau.
Only when we come to the long road to the house Langengegera, two rivers come from the river, and one of them spoke in English. She told us that we are in the right place and that the family & # 39 live here; I Langenegerav. She offered to accompany us to the desired home among a group of several houses and buildings located within the property. With cheerful German "Woo-hoo," she called to people inside and introduced us to my 9th cousin of a cousin who lives in the house where he was born Ulrich Langeneger Sr. in 1664 (the same one that is mentioned in the book, who immigrated to Pennsylvania).
Our newly cousins were gentle and warmly welcomed us, although we simply & # 39 appeared on their doorstep after more than 250 years without a Christmas card! We had a short conversation about the family & # 39; nd and watched some information they had there. Coincidence that neighboring sister pair were in Pennsylvania, to attend a meeting in Longenecker, when we were in Langnau. We exchanged contact information, so we can watch them with the information that we can be useful to them. They kindly offered us a cool drink from his well before we did a little walk around the farm to take a picture. The cows were in the barn, as it was unexpectedly hot in the day. The milk from these cows is sold coupe local farmers, who turn it into cheese. If you are looking for an authentic cheese Langengeger note the type of Emmentaler, as it was they were doing. In the US it is sold as a Swiss cheese – the type with holes in it. I must admit that in Langnau it was much better than in California.
The house is located in an easy hike along the river Langnau and consists of the original house, plus a few extra houses and outbuildings. I found the house to be photographed himself. This is a typical Swiss farm house located with living quarters and barn under one roof. On one side there is an earthen ramp which goes directly into the loft above the crib is used for moving the hay in the area for storage and use during the winter.
The roof is steep by US standards, but not as steep as I expected, in an area where a lot of snow. Most of the roofs in the area tiled and include a series of brackets about six centimeters high, which contain the snow in winter, so they do not fall at once. Some buildings have a more simple system with one set of brackets at the bottom of the roof, which contained a four inch pipe over the entire length of the house – apparently for the same purpose as the brackets to the other buildings. In addition, this system is likely to use snow to insulate the roof from the cold. Another great thing about some of the roofs and houses – the builders sometimes put their initials and the date of construction of the roof, using a multi-colored tiles. Other painted this information under the eaves or on ablitsovanym building under the eaves.
House Langenegera not as fantastic as some in the city, but a great and includes some fancy joinery, which we have seen repeated in the museum, on the covered bridge and other places in the area. The basic structure – a large beams carefully interconnected at a right angle, so they intensified when they lay more weight – and held together with wooden pegs. At one bridge near the town we saw metal strapping that seems to be added later.
Business in the sector centered around dairy cows. The house was a large field of corn planted with well-kept garden, which seems to have refined every house that we saw in Switzerland. Along the public road to the farm there are a few cherry trees, which in some places is only just beginning to green fruits pink. The rest of the farm was in the grass. My friend John Garland in Oklahoma called the fencing "psychological fencing" – not a bar & # 39; EPAM for animals who want to quit. We noticed that a lot of time and fences were electrified, so the cow as far as possible to navigate easily on fresh grass. We even saw one electric fence attached to the solar panel in the mountains, a long train ride from Langnau. Out of respect for the current residents & # 39; Time and space we were only briefly.
We went back to our hotel along a path that runs along the river and stopped to rest in the shade of an old covered bridge. We were again exhausted and happy to meet with our extended family and explore the old house.
Research: If you are conducting research in this area, in Langnau no available genealogical information. The statements have records since 1886, but do not allow to release them without permission of the persons mentioned in the records, and accusations in this very high. You are lucky in Bern, where the majority of the Swiss record. Around almost everyone speaks in English, and reporting no exception. No records of the & # 39 are not computer & # 39; yuteryzavanymi or indexed – but they are very neatly categorized by place and date. You will need to tell them exactly who is where and when you need to look to get the right microfilm. Then – this is an old-fashioned browsing records written while ago using unfamiliar styles and letters. Lockers are located in the hallway outside the office, and you have to leave your backpack, purse, etc. It's free and safe.
Arhiv de I & # 39; Etat de Berne is located at: Falkenplatz 4, CH-3012 Bern close to the main railway station. It was easy to find the third time I tried. Railway station and brisk and large at several levels. Find the elevators at one end of the station and spend their way to the top. If you are having problems, follow the signs to the students and the University to find the elevators. Once you are on top, go to the side of the campus – the only way that you can really go – and go between the two large university buildings. Falkenplatz 4 – the first building on the right after passing through the campus. Through the little park there is a small street stand where students gather for a cheap and a good sandwich – get there early, as early in the afternoon end sandwiches. The office is open from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 1:00 to 5:00 every weekday except Friday when it closes at 4:30. If you want to confirm before the trip, their phone numbers will be 031/633 51 01 Fax 031/633 51 02 copies – one Swiss franc to the page – so bring a lot of money, so you can get whatever you want. You can easily spend 50 francs per day, depending on the records that you want. I did not, but you can also check these sources provided by the museum in Langnau. . .
Des Kantons Bern
031/633 47 85
Fax: 031/633 47 39
3753 Oberhofen on Thunersee
033/243 24 52