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Ohl Family Genealogy

The earliest reference for the Ohl family was found on the marriage record of Mary Müller to Johann Heinrich Milbauer in Newark in 1887. Mary's parents were listed as Henry Müller and Barbara Ohl. It was originally assumed by the family that the Ohl's were from Germany. However, according to census and other records, they originated in France, near the German border, in a territory which became known as Alsace-Lorraine. Alsace-Lorraine was a territorial entity created by the German Empire in 1871 after the annexation of most of Alsace and parts of Lorraine in the Franco-Prussian War.

The Treaty of Frankfurt gave the residents of the region until October 1, 1872 to choose between emigrating to France or remaining in the region and having their nationality legally changed to German. Barbara Ohl Müller and her family decided to leave. They immigrated to the United States in 1871, and settled in Newark, New Jersey. Throughout the U.S. census years, family members listed their nationality as either French and German. Whether it was their doing, or that of the census taker possibly due to German accents, is unknown.

Please use the following link(s) for further information about the Ohl family and their descendants. Each individual's birth year (or approximate birth year) is in parenthesis.