✞   ✞   ✞   The Geres family is traced back to the mid-1600's beginning with Emich Geras(born about 1645). Writings suggest Emich came from Tirol to the Grumbach region in the Pfalz, particularly to Lollbach, sometime before 1670, just after the Thirty Year's War ended. Emich's son Georg Geres(1670-1714) was married(1691) to Maria Angelica Heinz(1672, Frei-Jeckenbach) in the Evangelical Church in Herren-Sulzbach. Descendants of Georg's first son, Johann Adam Geres(1692-, Herren-Sulzbach) emigrated to Ohio, USA in the early 1800's. Georg's second son was Michael Geres(1696-1778, baptised in Herren-Sulzbach, died in Ilgesheim). Michael's son, Friedrich Geres(about 1725-) married(1750) Elisabeth Katharina Neue(1731-1773, died in childbirth) in the Herren-Sulzbach Church; they raised their family in nearby Ilgesheim. Friedrich and Elisabeth's eldest daughter, Anna Elisabeth Geres(1751- ) was baptised in the Herren-Sulzbach Church but their remaining children, including twins Johann Jacob(1755-) and Johann Carl(1755-1782), were all baptised in the Ilgesheim Church. In the latter 1700's three of Friedrich and Elisabeth's sons, Johann Friedrich Geres(1758-1794), Johann Peter Geres(1764-1833), and Johann Wilhelm Geres (1769-1846) emigrated to Ugartsthal, Galicia. Johann Peter(1764-1833), married(before 1785) to Maria Elisabetha Katharina Laufer(1762-1843, from Glan-Munchweiler, Pfalz), is the ancestor to three of the Saskatchewan Geres families. One of their sons, Johann Friedrich(1787-1852, Ugartsthal) was the grandfather of Michael Geres(1841-1917) who emigrated to Bateman, SK, and of Jacob Geres(1852-1927) who emigrated to Broadview, SK. Parents of Michael and Jacob were Georg Heinrich Geres(1820-) and Maria Elisabetha Weber(1820-1854) who married(1837) and raised their family in Konstantynowka, Galicia. Going back to Johann Peter Geres(1764-1833), another of his sons, Johann Peter Geres(1793-1846, Ugartsthal) married(1815) Maria Elisabetha Huth(1796-1862, Ugartsthal) and one of their sons was Johann Philip Geres(about 1825-, possibly Konstantynowka, Galicia). Johann Philip's son, Philip Geres(1845-1922, tentative birthplace Kolomea) moved to Ryshkanowka, Bessarabia in about 1865 and there married(1866) Katharina Bieber(1850-1910). Over the next fifteen years or so Philip and Katharina traveled southerly in Bessarabia and by 1880 had arrived in Droshdieni, just north of Strembeni. While there Philip's daughter Elisabeth(1868-1926) married(1884) Friedrich Gattinger(1862-1947). From Strembeni Philip Geres(1845-1922) and his wife and children emigrated(1892) to the Pheasant Forks region of the Northwest Territories of Canada. A year later(1893) Philip's daughter Elisabeth and her husband Friedrich Gattinger and their three small children, John, Adolph and Peter, joined Elisabeth's parents in Canada.   ✞   ✞   ✞
Acknowledgements :   The content displayed here was obtained from many sources, much of it from family and friends. A special thanks to P. Gilbert Geres of Saskatoon for his contributions to the history of the Geres family. The Daum CD's covered the Galician period of the Geres travels. Several LDS films were the main sources for the periods the Geres family was in the Pfalz region in Germany and later in Bessarabia. Thanks to Olaf Hollinger of Germany for providing much of the information on the Geres family connections to Scholtoi, Bessarabia. Thanks to John Kohl of the USA for providing a copy of the book chapter describing the former village of Ilgesheim, Germany, the area where our Geres ancestors lived for nearly a century, from the mid 1600's to nearly 1800. Thanks to Derek Dingledine of Ontario for providing information on the Ohio branch of the Geres family.   ✔   Thanks to all !   ✔   Dick Gattinger, Ottawa, 2013.