blanket north Germany with her inquiries. The day after a lady in the parish office of
Neustadt, Schleswig-Holstein hadreceived Doris letter, she received a call from Hamburg seeking the same information about grandfather Frederich Christopher Martin von Rönne. The lady gave Marion
Heesch Doris address, suggesting she might wish to contact Mrs. Ronne in Sacramento. Thus we found a link with those of our German family. Ensuing Cora and I made several visits to Europe to learn
At first , in May 1984 we were able to visit with Marion and her daughter Irene, who with
gracious hospitality showed us the home where grandfather was born and points of interest about his childhood. On our visit to Osten, where grandfather’s forefathers originated, we
learned that some one was writing a chronicle of theGerhard von Rönn, author of this work, whom I have never personally met but consider very dear the friendship which we have developed through E-mail,
committed many years assembling data about the von Rönne family, often reorganizing and correcting his findings. For our extended Ronne family, I give him our hearty gratitude for this
scholarly link to our past. His learned endeavor to preserve the data about our forefathers for future generations is certainly most commendable.
Having received a copy of the chronicle from cousin Marion, I
immediately endeavored to find someone who could and would translate for us. But to no avail. Nothing to do but use my von Rönne family.