This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A timeline of our family since 1818

 Last week, I mused about needing a timeline to visualize how events in our family's past fit together, and the next day, Larry found a website called Preceden-- "The easiest way to make a timeline".  WOW--it's colorful, efficient and fun, and does exactly what I wanted a timeline for: to illustrate which lifetimes overlapped, and how local and world events affected Buckman, Minnesota.  You can move thru the years by clicking and dragging, and many of the people and events have more info if you just hover on their 'lifetime'.

(Disclaimer:  I've listed the sons of Johann and Marya Hesch, and then only two of the sons of Paul and Mary Hesch--Math, who lived on the Hesch farm, and my grandpa, Anton...and their kids.  I'll probably build another timeline with all of dad's cousins soon...because I can, thats why!)

The password is heschfamily

CLICK HERE if you want to make your own timeline, ok?


  1. That's a very impressive time line. How long did it take you to construct all that information?

    I would like to do something like that but I only have about three years of research to add. I think I am doing well in searching but a lot more to do.

  2. Hi, Claudia! It took us maybe two years to accumulate all the info, and maybe 4 hours to type it in and fiddle with wording and stuff. A neat result is to see that they really did wait till our civil war was over before they decided to emigrate, and that railroad service had a LOT to do with their arrival here in the heartland.
    It's a worthwhile exercise, for sure, plus I can still add stuff or change it ☺
    Thanks for the comment!