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Around 1704, Ulrich Longenecker (1681-1752) immigrated to the Pennsylvania colony from Biglen (six miles west of Langnau), Canton Bern, Switzerland. Ulrich’s ancestors came from the Langenegg hamlet a few miles northeast of Langnau. Male descendants (aka: Longenecker”) of this extended family have the Y-DNA markers for the haplogroup “R1b.”

In the 19th century, the Langeneggers immigrated to the U.S. from Gais, Canton Appenzell, Switzerland. These Langenegger ancestors came from the other Langenegg hamlet a few miles southwest of Gais. Male descendants of this family have totally different Y-DNA markers belonging to haplogroup “R1a.” The two groups are not genetically related.

In the 17th-21st centuries, a third group of the Langeneggers, possibly unrelated, resided around Munich, Germany. It can be speculated that the ancestors of these Langeneggers came from the 13th-century Castle Langenegg. Berthold von Langenegg (born 1269) was a knight and vassal to Kempton Abbey and bore the Langenegg Coat-of-Arms. The city of Kempton and the ruined Castle Langenegg are located in Bavaria, Germany southwest of Munich.

In the 13th century, the town of Langenegg was formed in the Bregenz forest in Austria’s westernmost province of Vorarlberg. Do any Langenegger descendants come this town?

Seeking male Langeneggers from the region of Bavaria, Germany and Vorarlberg, Austria who would participate in the Longenecker Y-DNA Project to determine if they have different Y-DNA markers than those participants whose ancestors came from Switzerland. Inquires should go to the web site:

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