places and names of family tree
(different spelling: Schmied, Schmitt, Schmid)

My father's ancestors are rooted in the area of the so-called Frankonian Switzerland around Pottenstein (Trägweis). They were craftsmen and farmers. They are documented in parochial registers back to the 17th century. Than they went to neighbouring Northern Upper Palatinate where you find today the training area Grafenwöhr. The villages Haag, Bergfried, Pappenberg, etc. are not existing anymore. In the Middle Ages there was an important iron mining industry and this explains the family name (smith).


Please go to "Links" (German part) and have a look at "Stammbaum Schmidt".

Baier Auerbach
Ertl Kirchenthumbach
Grau Haag, Grafenwöhr
Grillmeier Bad Neualbenreuth, Ulrichsgrün
Hammer Görglas
Heindl Kindlas
Hero Luhe-Wildenau
Heß Waidach
Kohl Högling
Kraml Pappenberg
Kunz Satteles
Lindner Münchenreuth
Luber Sorghof
Metzner Höhenberg
Padezanin Sjienica, Serbia
Paulus Kotzmanns
Paulus Dorfgänlas
Schertl Pappenberg
Schiller Kotzmanns
Schmidt Trägweis, Auerbach, Bergfried
Schreglmann Penzenreuth, Herrmanshof, Pappenberg
Serdl Pappenberg
Siegmann Hellziechen
Suttner Schindlhof
Trummer Dorfgänlas
Ziegler Hermannshof


Please have a look at the maps!

(different spelling: Grillmayr, Grillmaier, Grillmayer, Grillmeyer)

The Grillmeiers are the family of my mother and come from the area around Eger (today Cheb in the Czech Republic). See the Czech names of the villages in the German text. I can trace them back to the 17th century. These ancestors were mostly farmers. There existed a so-called Frais rule. This meant that the jurisdiction around Neualbenreuth changed annually between the Waldsassen monastery (later part of the Kingdom of Bavaria) and the free imperial city of Eger (later in the Kingdom of Bohemia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire). This also meant that my ancestors constantly married across the borders. One emigrated in the 18th century to Australia and changed during WW I his name into Andersen.

Frais: Look at German page: Links - Veröffentlichungen - Wikipedia - Frais and at the Czech publication:


Altenöder Dormitz, Säuerlingshammer, Bad Neualbenreuth
Andersen Brighton/Australia
Bäuml Oberschön
Bauer Altmugl
Biedermann Hatzenreuth
Bittner Bad Neualbenreuth
Böhlmann Oberschön
Döllinger Querenbach, Altkinsberg
Fischer Maiersreuth, Gosel
Fleischmann Altfürstenhütte
Frank Bad Neualbenreuth, Altalbenreuth
Frank Ulrichsgrün
Fritsch Maiersreuth, Motzersreuth
Glassl Eger, Taubrath
Gradl Ulrichsgrün
Grillmeier Ulrichsgrün
Güntner Bad Neualbenreuth
John Matzelbach
Keil Hardeck
Köstler Bad Neualbenreuth, Taubrath
Lindner Pfudermühle/Waldsassen
Lindner Mitterteich, Münchenreuth, Schönkirch
Lippert Bad Neualbenreuth, Wondreb
Löw Hardeck, Bad Neualbenreuth
Mayer Honnersdorf, Dölitz
Müller Altalbenreuth, Bad Neualbenreuth, Maiersreuth
Ott Taubrath, Hatzenreuth. Matzelbach, Bad Neualbenreuth
Platzer Bad Neualbenreuth, Platzermühle
Ploner, Plonner Ulrichsgrün
Rosner Bad Neualbenreuth
Rupprecht Bad Neualbenreuth
Rustler Bad Neualbenreuth
Samer Treunitz
Sölch Querenbach
Scharnagl Querenbach, Ulrichsgrün, Bad Neualbenreuth
Schicker Bad Neualbenreuth
Schmidkunz Bad Neualbenreuth
Schmidt Trägweis, Auerbach, Bergfried
Schnurer/Schnurrer Habertsmühle
Schöner Schachten
Stingl Treunitz, Oberschön
Stritzl Schachten
Uhl Unterlosau
Ulrich Bad Neualbenreuth
Waidhas, Weidhas Bad Neualbenreuth, Altalbenreuth
Weber Boden
Wilson Whyalla/Australia