Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Dusing/Duesing Line

Dusing/Duesing Name Meaning and History

  1. from Middle High German duz ing, Middle Low German dusinc, the term for a particular type of belt, often ornate and richly decorated with bells, worn both by men and women, although often locally prohibited by the Church.
  2. probably a patronymic from one of the numerous old personal names related to Dietz.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Our Dusing/Duesing Line

Eugene George Duesing (grandfather)
b. 1917 in Windthorst, Kansas
Joseph John Duesing (1st great grandfather)
b. 1881 in Windthorst, Kansas
Joseph John Duesing, Sr. (2nd g. grandfather)
b. 1842 in Halverde, nordrhein-westfalen, germany
Johannes Gerhardus Duesing
b. 1793 in Halverde, nordrhein-westfalen, germany
Johann "Jan" Dusing
b. 1762 Schapen, Germany

This was as far as my research online would take me.  The next step is to travel to the Nordrhein-Westfalen area parishes and physically look for birth/marriage records...meander through the local villages and graveyards to see if I can locate any of our lost ancestors.  Of course, any kind of travel is all right with me...especially if the villages look like the village of Halverde where my 2nd and 3rd Great Grandfathers were born:

Perhaps a trip to the Duesing homeland in the fall? 

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