I am a professional historian
with an academic background. I have many years of experience in Public
Record Offices, local, private, and church archives in Germany and Austria.
For years I have been working in the field of family history. The published
literature shows that I am not only familiar with genealogical research
but as well with other subjects during Early Modern German History (16th
to 19th century).
Volker Jarren, born 1957,
Studies in German History, Political Science and Sociology in Münster;
student and scientific assistant at the "Historisches Seminar der
Universität Münster" (1984-1991); PhD in Münster
(1991); freelance collaborator at the "Freilichtmuseum Detmold
(1991/92); scientific collaborator at the "Zentrum für Niederlande-Studien
der Universität Münster" (1993-1996); since then working
as freelance historian and publicist.
Comments of my clients:
I highly recommend Dr Jarren.
From the little evidence which we were able to give him, he has expertly
mapped out details of my German family. It is fascinating to have
this information. Dr Jarren has been very thorough, he is a pleasure
to deal with, prompt in replying to emails and clear in the questions
he asks and in the information he gives. His expertise allowed him to
extract more data from the records than we had expected. He is very
professional and, in the final report, concise but supplied all the
information in a clear format with all the details which we would be
useful in any further research. Our grateful thanks!
Joan Grant, England, December 8, 2020
We found Dr. Jarren through
his ad in Family Tree magazine. I live in the United States, and
after many years have gone by, there was no one left to ask about my
heritage. Dr. Jarren found the most important things I was curious
about, and so much more. He is easy to work with, travels extensively
on your behalf, and replies to all your questions, even if they may
seem unimportant to the research he does. I strongly recommend Dr. Jarren
to anyone in the US, who needs to discover his German heritage. That
information cannot be found here, and even in Germany, government laws
going back into time restrict genealogists. But, Dr. Jarren will
uncover as much as he is able, and so much more, that brings to light
your heritage. Thank you, Dr. Jarren.
F. Meyer, Nevada USA, October 29, 2020
I have fairly recently developed
an interest in family genealogy. My paternal grandparents came to the
USA from Germany as children. Using Ancestry.com, I was able to trace
them to some extent. However, since I do not read German, I was getting
rather frustrated in my quest. Dr. Volker Jarren has been a lifesaver
for my work. His skills have provided access to a great deal of information
and at a price that I found to be reasonable. I highly recommend his
Peter C. Young, USA, August 13, 2020
Dr. Jarren is a great genealogist.
His presentation was on target and gave me lots of good information
about my ancestors. He also put it together in a timely manner and I
will use him again for other German ancestors.
Judy Flood, USA, April 30, 2020
I cannot recommend Volker
too highly. Some of my son-in-law's ancestors migrated to England in
the late nineteenth century and we started with almost no knowledge
of their origins. Volker was able to trace lines dating back as far
as the mid seventeenth century. His work is of the highest standard,
thorough, clear, and diligent. Anyone who needs German genealogical
research should use him.
Rory Cunningham, London, February 27, 2020.
I contacted Dr Volker Jarren
to help with my family history research in Germany. I had very few details
and no knowledge of the area, or language. Dr Volker located a wealth
of information, always communicated promptly and offered excellent advice
regarding where we should be looking and what we may or may not expect
to find. He even took the time to promptly answer my many questions
along the way. His final report provided a comprehensive snapshot of
my family history going back over 2 centuries. I thoroughly recommend
his services to anyone needing an expert on German ancestry.
T. Miller, Australia, November 5, 2019
I have retained many professional
genealogists around the world for various projects to help research
my family history. Quite simply, Dr. Volker Jarren is the best genealogist
Iíve ever encountered. He is responsive, clear and concise in identifying
the research objectives, focused in his research strategy, and comprehensive
in summarizing the findings. More important, he puts family milestones
into historic context. That way, we understand so much more about the
ancestors and the times in which they lived. He is not just a dedicated
genealogist but he is truly a family historian. That is a unique (and
most welcome!) attribute! When I contacted Dr. Jarren, I knew very little
of my German relatives in the US and nothing of them in Germany. He
successfully navigated various archives to assemble almost 400 years
of family history (heretofore completely unknown to us!). We are delighted
by his findings. From start to finish, it was a successful, interesting,
and enjoyable experience! Iím now looking forward to coming to Germany
to have Dr. Jarren take us to the actual sites where my ancestors lived.
David Trebing, Washington D.C., USA, August 19, 2019
Dr Volker Jarren has uncovered
my remarkable family past in Germany, going back to around 1760 and
revealed a past I had absolutely to idea about. He has been incredibly
diligent and worked to a timescale that was set out at the very beginning,
sending me regular detailed reports in English and adding birth, marriage
and death certificates as they came to light. I have absolutely no hesitation
on recommending Dr Jarren, he has been remarkable in his hard work,
ideas on the best way forward and his interpretation of the facts as
they were revealed. First class.
B. Middleton, Hampshire, England, UK, August 5, 2019
Dr. Volker Jarren was so
easy to work with on researching my Husband's German ancestry. He replied
promptly to every email and was very thorough and gave us a detailed
easy to read report on his findings. I would definitely recommend him
to anyone desiring research in Germany and would most assuredly hire
Sharon Wolff, Boerne, Texas, May 2019
I highly recommend Dr Jarren
whom we engaged to trace our German ancestors. He has excellent local
knowledge and was thoroughly professional, communicating well with us
throughout the process and providing an excellent, detailed report of
the findings. If you need a German researcher, I doubt you will find
A Latham, Hertfordshire, England, March 2019
In working on my familyís
ancestry, I had reached a point in tracing my grandfatherís family that
I could no longer pursue myself. He had come to the United States from
Bremerhaven in 1897. Dr. Jarren and I discussed what might be possible
to discover and how much expense and effort would be likely to be needed.
Dr. Jarren proposed proceeding in several stages, so that the cost and
outcomes could be evaluated before proceeding. His work was quite successful
and productive, and he sent me a report on its results in good time.
In fact, he also discovered that other lines could be pursued further
if I chose. So, I engaged him for a second time, and I was very happy
that I did so. He was able to push the boundaries of our knowledge back
several more generations, and sent me a second report of results. As
I reviewed the reports, I had a number of questions about the context
of life at the times, and his answers were helpful and informative.
All in all, I am very happy to have had Dr. Jarren do this research
for me, and I heartily recommend him to anyone needing family research
in this area.
Bill Harrison, USA/Ireland, January 2019
I was very pleased with the
work Dr. Jarren did for me on my Siebenand/Grewe families. He is a great
researcher, even when there wasn't much to go on. Customer service was
superior Ė he patiently and promptly answered my numerous questions,
explained how German privacy laws effected his research and identified
some odd naming practices back in the 1800s. Dr. Jarren has a good command
of English and I was impressed by how thorough and detailed his reports
were. After the first report, I hired him a second time to continue
the research and I would certainly hire him again.
Carol Hancock, Davenport, IA, January 18, 2019
Wow, it has been very exciting
to finally have answers to my Grandfathers ancestors in Germany. I have
enjoyed our experience. Any concerns I had were quickly dismissed with
our series of emails. Thank you for your excellent communication, every
email was considered and then a plan agreed to. I planned to visit Germany
at Christmas, and asked was there any chance of researching before that
time. Dr Jarren made a concerted effort and achieved more than I hoped
for. We had only a few Documents, some hand written, in Old Thuringian
terminology. No birth Certificate! After having them translated by a
German/Australian, in Australia, we still had a lot of questions. Dr
Jarren spent 2 days (as our agreement) in a 'Jena' Church Archive, he
managed to find a record of his birth, even though our grandfather was
born illegitimate, answering our main questions. Every cost was reasonable
and invoiced. Living in Australia, there would be no way for me to organise
to Travel, Research and to document (in 2 days) the amount of history
Dr Jarren achieved. It was more than I hoped for, direct line records,
back 4 generations, as far as 1784. Everything copied to a CD-R and
with a Report.
Robyn Shooter, Australia, November 2018
I contacted Dr. Jarren after
an internet search for a German genealogist to aid in my research into
my Bohemian ancestry. He was instrumental in finding and translating
Westphalia, Germany records for my ancestors that lived there as miners
in the 1870-1880ís. I was at a standstill as all family, obituary, and
death certificate records said that these Bohemian family were born,
lived, married in Prague. I hired a Czech genealogist who researched
Prague and found nothing but suggested, since a naturalization record
for a great uncle, indicated that he was born in Wattenscheid, Westphalia
that I hire a German genealogist. Dr. Jarren was amazing. He found multiple
records for this family, which then led in detective fashion back to
Bohemia with towns of birth. His research has opened to door for the
Czech genealogist research in Bohemia back to the late 1700ís. Couldnít
have done it without him. Great thanks for the good work. I highly recommend
Dr. Jarren as his research was impeccable. Rosemary Barnes Deerbrook,
WI USA, November 10, 2018
I have been doing genealogical
research for about 20 years researching online and using LDS film through
the FamilySearch site. Since LDS does not have the 1685 and 1717 tax
registers on film or any film for Bavaria, I decided to hire someone
in Germany to do the research. I found Dr. Jarren online and hired him.
He has done a great job and I highly recommend him. He is reasonably
priced and does a very detailed job. Thank you, Dr. Jarren!
Peggy Ziroff, North Canton Ohio, June 20, 2018
I engaged Volker to do primary
source research from the 17th-19th centuries on one German branch of
the family. He verified and corrected information that I had previously
developed, and then filled in the missing information from original
records. He was prompt, efficient, thorough and an absolute pleasure
to work with. I highly recommend him.
John McInerney, San Francisco, California, May 26, 2018
I was at a complete standstill
with the search for my great-grandfather's family in Germany. Then I
saw a small ad in "family tree magazine" for Dr. Volker Jarren
and thought why not give this a try. From the start he was quite honest
with me and said there was no promise of finding this family. He stayed
in touch, reporting where the search was going and always asking me
if I wanted him to proceed. Finally the report arrived, and I couldn't
have been more pleased. It was worth every penny, and quite fair for
the results I got. If I ever need more research in the future I will
definitely contact Dr. Jarren
Deborah Moore Lesslie, U.S.A., April 5, 2018
I engaged Dr. Volker Jarren
for my research project after seeing his ad in the National Genealogical
Quarterly magazine and after reviewing highly positive testimonials
on his website. My project involved research in microfilmed original
German church books dating from the late 17th century. These church
books are handwritten and very difficult to read and decipher because
of the Pastorsí sloppy writing, many abbreviations, obscure margin notes,
and general deterioration of the pages. Dr. Jarren researched 18 entries
pertaining specifically to my request and extended his research to ancillary
facts based on his desire to present a complete picture. On completion
of his research, Dr. Jarren compiled a five page research report that
included his analysis and conclusions. Dr. Jarrenís work was very thorough,
intelligently presented, and entirely focused on the parameters of my
request. I fully agreed with his conclusions, which were thoughtful
and well documented. He is also very easy to deal with. I highly recommend
Dr. Jarren to other researchers who are interested in knowing more about
their German ancestors.
P. Hain, Virginia, U.S.A., February 19, 2018
After researching my family
tree back to southern Germany (Landau, Arzheim, Ranschbach) into the
1800's I could not find much additional information through the internet.
I sent Dr. Volker Jarren what I had and he has been able to provide
me with a great detail of additional information all the way back to
the early 1700's including my 8th great grandfathers will from 1769
and inventory of what he left to his children. He has also assisted
in translating additional tax records, military records and other pertinent
information contained in the various German archives. I would highly
recommend his services.
L. Lehmann, Fort Lauderdale Florida, U.S.A., January 31, 2018
I am pleased to recommend
Dr. Volker Jarren as a highly capable and professional genealogical
researcher. After contacting Volker by email and supplying details of
existing family information, he quickly gained a grasp of the project,
asked the right questions and we settled on a scope of work and fee
for service. He fully delivered on the scope of work with further information
in support. His preparation for the project meant that his time spent
away from home was efficiently utilised and so providing a complete
Robin Knight, New South Wales, Australia, January 26, 2018
I started researching my
family tree about 4 years ago Hoping to search my maiden name of Wigger.
I basically knew he was from Germany and not much more. It took me some
time searching g in Australia finding some information. After contacting
Volker I was finally able to find the information I was missing from
Germany, I also found a huge amount of information on another branch
that i had nothing on. Not only did Volker find this information for
me there were many emails back and forward with bits of information
that Volker did not charge for. Volker’s rates for research are
more that reasonable and I will always call on him when searching in
Germany. I thank you Volker, for all that you have done!
Karen Wright, Australia, November 28, 2017
like to thank Volker for his honesty. He didn't string me along. He
told me that he would be unable to trace records for my wife's German
family in what is now Poland. Presumably these records have been destroyed
John Parkyn, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, April 20, 2017
I found Dr. Volker Jarren
in a magazine advertisement and did not know what to expect. My first
interactions with him put my mind at ease. He is careful not to run
off and do unnecessary research and incur extra costs. Dr. Jarren stopped
tracking down unneeded paths and has a clear idea of what is possible
and what is unlikely. I got a complete report with cultural notes of
the local area as well as copies of the original archived documents.
D. Hennecke, U.S.A., April 11, 2017
Dear Dr. Jarren, Thank you
very much for this report. I must say that I am very highly impressed
with the efficiency, thoroughness, and clear presentation of your work.
Having done some archival work myself in my earlier academic career,
I appreciate the discipline and skill you have brought to this particular
M. Graesser, Canada, April 9, 2017
I had been researching my
Family Tree for over 10 years and always ran into a brick wall beyond
1840. Then I came across Volker Jarren's name in a Family Tree magazine.
I emailed him and received an immediate response. We discussed a plan
and costs. I sent him what information I had and he felt he could find
more answers in Berlin archives. He was able to go back 2 more generations
to the 1770's. I feel Volker is trustworthy, professional and knowledgeable.
I would recommend him to anyone searching for lost relatives.
M. Beneke, U.S.A.,
November 16, 2016
Dear Dr. Jarren, I want to
thank you for the excellent research you have done on my father's side
of my family. Since my grandparents and my father immigrated from Germany
to the United States in the 1920's, the majority of my genealogy could
not have been found without your help. Your timely responses to my e-mails,
the clear information on prices, and the professional research results
have made me a very satisfied customer. If I decided on finding further
results, I will be in touch with you. Thank you for everything.
Ellene Stammler, U.S.A., October 3, 2016
Dear Dr. Jarren, Charles
and I are most appreciative of the work that you have done for us. For
many years now, I have been researching our family trees. Fortunately
for me, a number of my ancestors emigrated from parts of Germany where
records have been microfilmed. However, tracking Charles’ family
has been more difficult, and after visiting your web site, we decided
it was time to get professional help. From our very first e-mail to
you, we were impressed with your professionalism. You quickly replied
and helped us to narrow down our focus to a reasonable and cost effective
approach. You then gave us an estimate for the research based on this
focus and the copies of documents that we sent. The estimate that you
gave us along with your research approach was detailed, and gave us
confidence that you would thoroughly research every available resource
and give us a comprehensive report on what you found. This you did.
And, we especially appreciate the CD of documents that you sent. As
we look at those records completely written in old German script, we
truly appreciate the time and effort that you spent on researching the
Doerge family. We now know so much more about my husband’s Doerge
family. Thank you so much for giving my husband and our children their
legacy. In the future, as we continue researching my husband’s
family, we will certainly be asking you to do more research for us.
Sincerely, Linda and Charles Doerge, U.S.A., May 3, 2016
Dear Dr. Volker Jarren, I
highly recommend Dr. Jarren Volker. I would like to thank Dr. Volker
Jarren for all the research done for me and the Fryberger family. Your
research with the archives in Switzerland on the family was easy for
me to understand. If I want more research done I would return to Dr.
Volker Jarren. Thank you for a job well done.
Jean Fryberger, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., February 21, 2016
Dr. Jarren, Thank you for
your German genealogical services on my past and recent research projects.
Your expertise in reading old German script is outstanding. It is also
greatly enhanced by your additional explanations about the historic
and cultural context of the terms in the documents and the meaning of
certain words in the text. I would highly recommend your services.
Joan Schacht, St. Louis Missouri; U.S.A., February 17, 2015
I found Dr. Jarren's ad in
Family Tree Magazine. After looking at his web site, I started
communications by email. My mother and grandmother immigrated from Germany
but they never talked about Germany. My input to the research project
was limited to information I found in US citizenship documents and obituaries.
Dr. Jarren responded to emails quickly and provided excellent guidance
on how to proceed with the research. His research results far exceeded
my expectations. He traced my maternal grandfather's line (Kurz) to
1677 in Steinach. I would highly recommend Dr. Jarren.
Kurt Rife, New Market, IA, U.S.A., December 22, 2015
I would like to thank you for wonderful research you did on my behalf.
I now have the missing information on the Glück family from Konradsreuth.
I would never have been able to get this information myself. Not only
would I have to travel from California to Germany, I don’t read
or speak German. I was amazed at how much information you were able
to acquire in just one day at the Archives. The report and family tree
you provided was concise and easy to read. Your expertise in genealogical
research and familiarity with the Archives is an asset to anyone requiring
research of their German roots. Thank you again for a job well done!
Sandy Schaffner California, U.S.A., August 16, 2015
I started this journey after
spending a few years trying to search for my German ancestors on my
own. Needless to say, my Search wasn't very successful. I quite by accident
found Dr. Volker Jarren's name in a magazine on ancestry. I so wanted
to reach out to him but so fearful of what results he would give me.
By that I mean I didn't want to be taken advantage of and find myself
with no new information and being asked for more and more money to continue
or complete the project. I was more than amazed when Dr. Jarren returned
my e-mail so quickly and a plan was put together. Still being the pessimist
I held my breath as he started out. Much to my surprise he contacted
me after his first day and gave me an overview of his findings. We discussed
what to do with what we knew and I so appreciated his valuable input
as to what would give me the most for my money. I am now enjoying the
copies of birth, marriage, and death records. I'm considering a search
on other family ancestors and the most difficult decision with my last
search will now be the easiest. Dr Volker Jarren will no doubt be at
the helm!! Thanks for the awesome gift I'll be able to give myself and
more importantly, my parents!!
Becky Vasey, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A., August 11, 2015
Dr. Jarren, The report is
excellent! Thank you! The explanation of the Heuerling system along
with the economic and social changes of that era helps put things into
perspective. I was not able to gain this perspective on my own previously.
The photos of the Heuerling House Rohe and the churches were excellent!
I am very pleased with your report.
Steve Rohe, Pennsylvania,
U.S.A., April 3, 2015
came recommended by someone I had hired to translated a few old family
documents and photos. After looking over Dr. Jarren's web site, and
the high recommendation that was given, we began communications with
Dr. Jarren. As promised on the web site, he reviews your case and gives
you a very clear and precise estimate of cost. He was up front about
the extra charges if you are wanting copies of birth, death, etc. records.
There were no hidden fees or costs. Our family had only a baptismal
record and a few old photos, with first names on them, to go on, and
he was able to locate relatives back to the 1600's. That is not the
extent of his research. He was able to include births, deaths, marriage
dates and places, but not only that, he was able to find some addresses
of residences and what type of labor they made a living at. During this
process, he was in regular communication with us to give us updates,
clarify any questions, or concerns. His research has far exceeded our
expectations. His work was very through, and the report was easy to
follow. The entire process was done in a timely manner, and the initial
report was sent quickly, via email. We highly recommend his services.
Marcie Hassen, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A., March 1, 2015
Dr. Jarren, Thank you so
much for your timely, professional assistance in helping us to learn
more about the immediate family of my grandfather Georg August Zwick
who was born in Burgheim bei Lahr, Germany, in 1863. We sent you an
email last November with a combination of family oral history along
with some genealogical research we had attempted ourselves. We soon
understood that we needed the help of a professional. Your responses
were prompt, and your research at the Karlsruhe Archive was thorough.
We are delighted that we had this opportunity to work with you and now
believe we have a much better sense of my grandfather’s family
before he emigrated to the United States before 1900 and settled in
New York, then Connecticut. Sincerely,
Charles J. Zwick, Coral Gables, Florida, U:S.A:,
January 27, 2015
In quick order, Dr. Jarren
has provided many missing links in my German family tree. Dr. Jarren
is very attentive, responsive, and is able to accurately scope the work
and determine the cost. I have been delighted with his work so far and
look forward to continuing the work of discovery with his expert guidance.
R. Adler, Gurnee, IL U.S.A., January 21, 2015
Dr. Jarren has exceeded my
expectations regarding the long lost history of my German ancestors.
I had attempted for 19 years to discover the family origins past my
great-grandfather who immigrated to the U.S. He was able to link rapidly
back 5 generations despite the fact that I had given him some incorrect
information on my great grandfather's point of origin in Germany as
well possessing a very common last name. I also appreciate that he is
very precise with respect to costs and absolutely met the schedule he
committed to. To my amazement, when he provided the pedigree, he also
included a history lesson on the cultures of that period Germany, so
that I might better understand the environment they lived and worked
in. To that end, I now know them far past simply the birth and death
dates on a family tree. I shall always be grateful and without hesitation
recommend his most professional services.
Saundra Cope, Everett, Washington, U.S.A., January 25, 2014
be happier with the professional research results. I contacted you be
e-mail, and had no ideal of the villages names the Steck's & Ernst's
were from. In a very short time you had found the villages, and let
me know research was possible. Every step of the process was easy &
very thorough. German research is difficult & very time consuming
on your own. So to anyone worried about hiring you, I can say, they
have absolutely nothing to worry about. And will be very rewarded with
your efforts. Your research has meet a great deal to me & my family.
I plan on more early this coming year. So thank you from the bottom
of my heart.
Peggy Kilpatrick Galesburg, Illinois, U.S.A., December 11, 2013
I highly recommend Dr. Volker
Jarren as a professional genealogical researcher. I started researching
my family history in Germany and in a short time realized I needed the
help of a professional. Even though I was researching an uncommon name
(Borzel) I was having a hard time with the language and how archives
are stored. I also had a hard time narrowing down a workable search.
I found Dr. Volker Jarren online and decided to hire him because he
also had a history background which was important to me. He has exceeded
my expectations. He is very friendly, professional and prompt. He was
able to help me narrow down a good research plan and then proceeded
with the research in an affordable manner. Areas that could be researched
by microfilm were done at home or near his home but he goes beyond by
travelling to the small town church archives and cemeteries, searching
the books, taking photos of entries (my favourite part) and houses that
were inhabited by ancestors, the churches they attended, cemeteries
and surrounding area. He also hired the necessary archivists when it
made better use of time for them to provide the information. He was
able to take my paternal line back to 1675 in Bavaria, Germany. His
thorough reports, lineages, photos and documents were sent both through
email and regular mail. I now have comprehensive documentation on my
family with many options to continue with my maternal lineage. His information
was presented at a family reunion in July of 2013 and my family is very
excited and grateful for all his help.
Ellen Gaboury Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan, Canada, October 1, 2013
Good morning Dr. Jarren,
Your research information is fantastic for my genealogical records!
You provided documented historical information on two more generations
of names on my Sandmann family name in Germany in the 1600 - 1700's.
I especially like the way you organized and listed the order of the
names and related dates. The footnotes contribute to the research and
are helpful for my work. It will take time to add it to my genealogical
records. I look forward to seeing the record copies of the email information
you sent. Perhaps there is further work to be pursued. Thanks for the
great work. I am very satisfied with your research services.
Best Regards, Harold Sentman
H. Sentman, Missouri, U.S.A., August 19, 2013
I found out about Dr. Jarren
through Family Tree Magazine and consider myself fortunate to have contacted
him for research on my maternal ancestors in Austria and Germany. His
research resulted in tracing my ancestry back to the 1600s. His impressive
historical knowledge was invaluable in gaining some understanding of
my ancestor’s lives before they left for the United States. All
questions that I asked Dr. Jarren were answered promptly. I would highly
recommend Dr. Jarren to anyone who is thinking about their family research
in Germany or Austria.
Cyril J Ernest, Lexington, KY, U.S.A., May 13, 2013
I highly recommend Dr. Jarren
to anyone interested in pursuing research on their German ancestors.
The entire process, from initial contact, to the final report of the
results, was very smooth. The amount of information that Dr. Jarren
was able to gather on my ancestors in a brief amount of time is incredible!
Dr. Jarren made the process very easy, quickly responding to any questions
and keeping me completely informed on a regular basis during the entire
project. Dr. Jarren proved to be quite a cost effective resource for
obtaining information on my German ancestors. The results, which were
highly detailed and well documented, were much more than I was hoping
for. I am quite comfortable in recommending Dr. Jarren to anyone interested
in researching their German ancestors.
Rob Pillmeier, MD, U.S.A., April 6, 2013.
Hello Dr. Jarren,
This is awesome work, Dr. Jarren! I can't thank you enough for the work
so far. It's thorough, extensive and much more than I had hoped to gather.
I really appreciate how quick and responsive you are to all my questions.
I had been hesitant about hiring someone halfway around the world, but
you've made this experience most enjoyable and worthwhile. I look forward
to working with you to fill in many gaps in the family trees for both
me and my wife.
Don Bowman, Landenberg, PA, U.S.A., March 12, 2013.
I am very satisfied with your work. You gave me the information
that I requested in a form that can be used to extend my family line
in the greater Waldkirch area.
Thomas F. Stander, Ohio, U.S.A., March 12, 2013.
Recommendation: Dr. Volker
Jarren My first contact with Dr. Jarren was by email. I shared my purpose
for contacting him and asked for assistance in finding information on
my paternal side of the Maurer family in Germany. I shared my American
search information on my great, great grandfather who came to America
in 1846. He graciously used this information to do some initial inquiries
about whether a search would be successful. His inquiries indicated
that he could find information about my ancestors. I truly appreciated
this up-front approach to searching for my ancestors. All subsequent
communications with Dr. Jarren were conducted by email. His promptness
in answering these emails garnered my confidence in his abilities. His
second email to me inquired about my objectives for this search. What
did I want to get from his search? As we discussed back and forth, my
objectives were narrowed down so a successful search could be implemented.
We agreed that he would conduct the search and discussed the monetary
cost of such research. He outlined what expenses would be incurred for
a three day search and what subsequent expenses would be incurred in
the writing of the report. I appreciated this transparency in our business
transactions. After business affairs were taken care of, he indicated
when he would undertake the search and indicated what his search strategy
would be. We remained in contact during the actual search. He kept me
appraised of his progress and provided me options ( continue, discontinue,
or change the focus of the search ) based on what he was finding. I
really appreciated his candid appraisal of how well his search was progressing.
I was truly amazed at the depth and breadth of information he presented
to me in his report. It included a family tree, birth, marriage, and
death information on each ancestor and documentation of where this information
came from; whether civic or church records in Germany. In fact, I was
stunned with this meticulous documentation of his findings. I could
not believe that he had collected all this information in just three
days. I can honestly attest that I did indeed receive full value from
my monetary investment. Dr. Jarren is certainly an outstanding German
genealogist and research. I would have no qualms in engaging him again
and would recommend his services to others searching for German ancestors.
Steve Maurer, West Des Moines, Iowa, U.S,A,, January 5, 2013
Dr. Jarren , Thank you very
much for all of your hard work . It is greatly appreciated as I enjoy
finding out more about my German relatives.
R. Stearns, Florida, U.S.A., June 3, 2012.
I am still going over the pedigree chart you sent me, and I can really
appreciate the time and effort that you spent researching my "Fieseler"
line. Your work was meticulous, and your references and accompanying
explanations were very enlightening. I am totally satisfied with your
G. Fieseher, Collegeville, PA, U.S.A., May 27, 2012.
Dear Dr. Jarren,
I can't be more pleased with the research you did on my ancestors, the
Luther family of Möhra. Starting with my great grandfather, you
made the generations flow into each other and the names became real
people. I love the fact that my great great grandfather was a "singer
in the church chorus" and how women were called "virgins"
at their first marriage. It's obvious that you are not only a first
rate historian and researcher, but a man who truly wants to help people
find "their people." Your work is so well documented and clear.
Thank you. I highly recommend you to others who like me, want to know
about where they came from! Sincerely,
Janice Brazil, Texas, U.S:A., May 13, 2012.
Thank you for the very timely report. I very much appreciate the detail
of the report about my ancestor family. You confirmed some the items
which I had, corrected some of my information, and then added quite
a lot to our knowledge of this family with new information. You found
records which added two generations to the one side of the family and
you clarified for us the details and correct name of our direct ancestor.
I am totally satisfied with the report and look forward to receiving
in the mail the copies of the records.
Jim Lee, Decatur, Georgia U.S.A., April 29, 2012.
Dear Volker, Thank you for
your outstanding genealogical research on my behalf. You are truly the
most respectful professional I have ever dealt with. I appreciate your
immediate responses to my e-mails as well as your patience with my developing
requests. Above all I value your honesty. Your fee quotes were concise
and accurate, your research guidance proved spot-on. I look forward
to continued success on our next project!
Alan Koshak, Harrisonville, MO, U.S.A., April 17, 2012
Dr. Jarren is an extraordinary
genealogist and fulfilled all my expectations in his research. The report
I received on the Kleopfer family included many facts that I did not
expect and included photos of the documents. Some of them were very
hard to read and he did a masterful job in interpreting them. He was
also very responsive to my questions and interests and I have learned
many new facts about Germany. I did not know that there were such wonderful
church records in Germany even listing the occupations of the people
listed. It is all an immense treasure of information that my family
will enjoy for generations. I highly recommend Dr. Jarren to anyone
interested in German genealogy.
Charla Kleopfer Columbia, Missouri, U.S.A.,
April 15, 2012.
Dr. Jarren was very helpful,
thorough and most importantly, organized. Even when I felt disorganized
or unsure, he graciously kept things on track and on schedule. He was
able to provide detailed information that we would never have been able
to find on our own, and he did it very quickly. We look forward to having
him show us around the area on an upcoming trip - and we would highly
recommend him to other Americans looking for details on their German
Melanie Suggs, Georgia, U.S.A., February 22, 2012.
Dear Volker: I wanted to
let you know how thrilled I am with your report of the results you were
able to obtain during your four day trip to Berlin!! It was unfortunate
that the two male lines only resulted in a couple of generations; however,
the female lines you were able to track back to the beginning of 1700,
a whole four more generations! I can’t wait to add your research
to my family history (giving you total credit in my sources, of course)!!
Also the concise report although nearly eight pages long is very easy
to follow. Yes, I am very satisfied with the information you were able
to gather in such a short time frame!! Thank you so very much!! I am,
as I said, just thrilled with the results!!
Linda J. Hauley, Ontario, Canada, November 25, 2011
Dear Dr. Jarren, Thank you
for this report. It is well done and I am impressed as with your previous
work for me! You are very quick, very professional and a reliable resource
for us who crave historical and genealogical knowledge. Thank you again!
Eric Uhden, Maryland, U.S.A., October 18, 2011
Dear Volker, Thank you for
your wonderful report on the ancestors of my Great Great Grandfather,
Georg Friedrich Baumbach. You found more information than I could ever
have expected. Your added descriptions of the information which can
be inferred from the pure data give additional "life" to the
chain of people who preceded me. Your well organized documents and the
careful documentation of your sources give the highest possible value
to the information and are a fine example of your creditability in the
field of genealogy research. I certainly expect to call upon you again
for additional work.
Patty and Barney Deden, Nebraska, U.S.A., October 1, 2011
To Anyone Interested in Their
Family Ancestors in Germany, I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Volker Jarren for
research of any of your ancestors who were born and lived in Germany.
My cousin and I were interested in genealogical research regarding our
third great grandparents. Dr. Jarren found wonderful records going clear
back to our 5th great grandparents and also did research regarding the
village where they had lived. We gave him what limited information we
had and had limited expectations to find anything at all. Dr. Jarren
astonished us with a highly detailed report on our family history. He
knew which archive would have the most complete information, and he
provided recommendations on how his time could be used most efficiently.
Dr. Jarren conducted thorough research and was able to interpret old,
handwritten documents in a script that few people can read today. He
provided us a complete report on our family history in fluent English,
and also provided us copies of some of the original archived documents,
especially ones we had requested. Dr. Jarren is a fantastic and valuable
resource in researching your family history.
Loretta Taylor of Boise, Idaho, U.S.A., September 17, 2011
Dr. Volker Jarren recently
completed a search for my German ancestors in the Stuttgart area. He
provided a quotation of the project cost in advance and did not start
the search until I agreed with the scope and the cost of the proposed
project. He responded quickly to my e-mails and was very responsive
to my requests. Dr. Jarren provided excellent suggestions for researching
archives that I was unaware of and his research was completed quickly
and for the agreed upon cost. Dr. Jarren has an excellent command of
the English language and we had no problem communicating. He applied
no undue pressure to do anything that I didn't feel important. I was
very satisfied with the results of his research and I would definitely
use his expertise again.
Chester Stanley Wauconda, Illinois, U.S.A., August 22, 2011
Dear Dr. Jarren, Please add
my name to your impressive list of VERY satisfied clients and please
feel free to use my name as a reference for genealogy research. After
the research that you have done on my behalf, I consider you to be a
very competent and trustworthy researcher. I was interested in trying
to find information on my great-great-great grandfather and his parents
and siblings and you found everything I asked for, plus you even found
information clear back to my 5th great grandfather. I am so grateful
for all the wonderful information you found on my behalf. I was amazed
at how much you were able to find when you only had a name, the place
and approximate year of birth. The work you have done has exceeded my
expectations and I am thrilled with your services. I strongly recommend
to anyone searching for their German family history to use the services
of Dr. Volker Jarren. He is an invaluable resource in researching one's
family history. I would classify Dr. Jarren as a master genealogist
who is very professional in every sense of the word. I especially appreciated
his almost immediate response to all my emails pertaining to questions
I had. His fees are very reasonable. I am hoping to work with him again
very soon on more of my German family history. Dr. Jarren is the only
individual I would consider for conducting that research.
Loretta Taylor, Boise, Idaho U.S.A., June 12, 2011
Dr. Volker Jarren is a master
genealogist and a renowned historian who has provided me with a wealth
of information on my German ancestry. Without his help, this work would
have been an impossible mission. Very little was known of my great grandfather's
family history before he immigrated to America from Germany. He died
at an early age, leaving behind a wife and three small children. His
widow, remarried within a year and the link to my great grandfather's
place of birth and family tree was lost with time. Through Dr. Jarren's
in-depth research into the archives of church and public records in
Osnabrueck, he was able to pinpoint the birth village of my great grandfather
and trace the paternal and maternal lineage back to 1662. His highly
detailed report was very organized and most comprehensive with reference
citations on his archive findings. He also provided a background of
local German history and culture existing at that time. Dr. Jarren took
pictures of the village Glandorf, the old home where my forefathers
lived, so long ago and the ancient church where many of my ancestors
were baptized and married. I highly recommend Dr. Jarren's professional
services for anyone searching for their German roots. My gratitude is
A. O’Neill, Charleston, S.C. U.S.A., May 10, 2011
Dear Dr. Jarren, I am very
excited to see the progress that you were able to make on the Göttmann
family, taking the main paternal line as far as possible. This information
far exceeds my previous expectations and I could not be more pleased
with your findings and your expert commentary.
Henry Patton Covington, GA USA, March 27,2011
Dear Dr. Volker Jarren,
Some days ago I received your results from the research you did on my
father's family in the Stadthagen area of Germany. A few years ago my
sister and I spent 10 days in the area and were unable to find much
information, due to both language and opening hours of different places
we hoped to find information. Although we enjoyed our time in the area
I now feel that we should have used your services before making
the trip. I am amazed at the information you found in only three days.
I know it will take me that long to digest all that you sent. Also your
report was very thorough, you included basic information that a Canadian
would not understand about the systems and life of the times you were
researching. I would highly recommend your services to anyone wanting
to find their roots in Germany. Thank you.
Mhairi Patterson (nee Hasse) Canada, February 21, 2011
Dear Dr. Jarren,
I strongly recommend Dr. Volker Jarren for your family history research.
Our family was interested in genealogical research going back to the
16th century, and we had limited expectations to find anything at all.
Dr. Jarren astonished us with a highly detailed report on our family
history over four centuries. He knew which archive would have the most
complete information, and he provided recommendations on how his time
could be used most efficiently. Dr. Jarren conducted thorough research
and was able to interpret old, handwritten documents in a script that
few people can read today. He provided us a complete report on our family
history in fluent English, and also provided us copies of the original
archived documents. Dr. Jarren is an invaluable resource in researching
your family history.
Paul Donsbach, Pasadena, California, USA, February 3, 2011
Hello Dr. Jarren,
I wish to thank you for all of your hard work in finding some information
on the Klingner family in Dresden and area. I believe that you covered
all available research venues very thoroughly. I really appreciate that
your knowledge of the records available and how to access them made
this project as successful as possible. Your professionalism in a business
where so much emotion is present was a great benefit. Of course people
searching for their families in foreign countries would like to hear
that you have found essential information. I am particularly pleased
that you made it clear in the beginning that there was no guarantee
that the records available would be the ones needed in my particular
case. By using the family letter written in 1879, you were able to work
through the collateral line and find some interesting information. You
have worked in a professional manner from the beginning of my enquiries
to the finalization of the project. As advertised, you sent me a Research
Plan, Timetable, Total Estimate and Final Report. I realize that there
is more work to be done and if I decide to proceed with this I would
most certainly use your research service.
Nora Klingner Wilson, Canada, December 3, 2010
Dear Dr. Jarren,
Please add my name to your impressive list of satisfied clients. After
the research that you have done on my behalf, I consider you to be a
very competent and trustworthy researcher. I began the journey into
my family history about one year ago. I had family records that traced
my ancestors on the Schultze side of my tree to my great, great grandfather.
I knew he came from Germany and settled in Chicago in the 1850's, where
he founded a furniture factory. In my effort to research him further
I hit a significant wall: the Great Chicago Fire. Any records of his
immigration or ancestry that were once in Chicago had been destroyed.
A former colleague of mine belongs to a genealogy club. When I discussed
my research problem with her, she told me of a member of her club who
is one of your former clients. She said this former client was very
pleased with your research and she sent me the link to your web site.
I must say, after my thirty year career in state and federal law enforcement,
it took a leap of faith for me to do business on the internet, much
less in another country. I am very glad I took the leap. With the information
I had, you have been able to provide information about my great, great
grandfather, as well as four more generations of Schultzes. I am very
pleased with the results so far and look forward to a continued successful
relationship. Your research skill as well as your thoughtful suggestions
as to how to proceed have been very helpful. In closing, I would like
to say that you started out as a German researcher who is the friend
of a friend. You have become a friend, who is a German researcher.
Best wishes, Lou Schultze, USA, August 14, 2010
Dr. Jarren demonstrated his
professionalism when he was able to find records of my family that we
were unable to find. We had made a trip to Germany in 2008 and visited
the birthplace of my Grandmother but were unable to find records associated
with her. We retained Dr. Jarren in 2010 and in two days he found and
completed the tasks we assigned to him. I would highly recommend him
to anyone seeking family information in Germany. He is truly dependable,
trustworthy and very thorough.
Betty Flannery, Crown Point, Indiana, U.S.A., July 2, 2010
I was lucky enough to stumble
on Dr. Jarren's web page through a Google search. I knew that I had
done all I could do on my Kreilkamp family history through resources
in the United States. The only possibility to find out more would be
through German resources. I don't speak German, and if I did I wouldn't
know where to look. Fortunately Dr. Jarren does. He provided me with
an excellent history of the farm my family came from in Velen as well
as an understanding of what conditions were like for my ancestors before
and at the time they emigrated from Germany. Dr. Jarren is very up-front
about expenses, and I feel that for the time he puts in and the excellence
of the result, his work is well worth the cost. Thank you so much, Dr.
J. Witt, Montana, U.S.A., March 5, 2010
Today we have sunshine outside and we are delighted that you have been
successful in finding the birth parents of F.W. Beinbrecht (my husband's
ancestor) and furnishing one more link to ancestors. I will be more
than happy to furnish a reference for you. You proceeded with the research
immediately and had results within a few days. And, you advocate caution
relative to expense and what one is actually desiring to find.
I. Pulleine, La Porte, Texas, U.S.A., January 22, 2010
I would recommend Dr Jarren
as a genealogical researcher. I found his reports to be helpful, informative
Ellie van Empel, New Zealand, October 29, 2009
Hi, Volker,I am very impressed
that you were able to find out so much in such a short time. You have
found things that are new to me. I'm very pleased to have this information
and I have received very good value for the money.
Larry Holderly, Monticello, IN, USA, July 29, 2009
Dear Dr. Jarren: I am very
pleased with the work you have done for me regarding the Kiep and Stoss
families. Your advertisement in Everton's attracted my attention. I
knew I could not read the German documents on my own, so I inquired
as to your services. I was immediately impressed with your quick email
response detailing your recommendations as to how to proceed. The work
you have done has exceeded my expectations and the cost was less than
I expected. I especially appreciated your almost immediate response
to my emails and that you gave me a cost of each separate project before
we proceeded. I look forward to working with you further on projects
I have regarding the Stoss research now that you have completed the
Richard P. Kiep, Elmhurst, IL, USA, May 27, 2009.
Thank you VERY much for the
attachments regarding my MAUL marriage. Terrific, I am delighted with
what you have found & with the prompt service.
Margaret Elms, Hastings, NZ, May 21, 2009
Thank you for the wonderful
report and photos! The information is all new to me. I am very pleased
with you thoroughness and competence as a researcher and the very high
quality of your report!
T. Bonsett, Indiana, USA, February 4, 2009.
Dear Dr Jarren, Thank you
very much for your assistance in tracing three lines of my German ancestors
as far back as to the beginning of the 1600 hundreds in various parts
of Germany. I especially appreciate your professional approach to the
research and the way in which you furnished me with the results. Thank
you also for your honest assessment of possibilities and a clear indication
of these in the few instances in which no information could be obtained.
Dr SB Rascher, South Africa, February 2, 2009.
I asked Dr Jarren to search
my family tree in Germany and am extremely pleased with the results.
His report not only gave family details as far back as 1623, with births,
marriages, deaths and occupations, but gave other personal details that
make so much difference. He reported on time as promised and gave me
clear, precise and comprehensive information which was very much worth
the expense. I will not hesitate to ask Dr Jarren to research the other
side of the family in the near future. I can highly recommend his services.
Helen Taylor, Australia, December 5, 2008.
Dear Dr. Jarren, I greatly
appreciate the research you did on my Schoening family history in Brake/Lemgo,
Lippe, Germany. You were able to go two generations back, find information
on people's births, marriages, and deaths, on the family property holdings
for 1781, the address of the Schoening house for over 100 years, and
identify the parent of a Schoening bride, so that I could trace her
family back an additional three generations, in Rheda, Westfalen, Preussen.
In addition to the research, you also gave forthright feedback prior
to beginning your work on what research would be most fruitful, what
wouldn't, and what results were likely. You work in a most timely manner
and your fees are reasonable. You have provided me and my family with
valuable information and opened doors for further research. I highly
recommend you to anyone doing research on German ancestors.
Sincerely, Jeffrey Schoening, Seattle, WA, U.S.A., May 25, 2008
I would classify Dr. Volker
Jarren as a master genealogists and a true professional in every sense
of the word. He will work very closely with you and establish a plan
of attack to suit your specific needs. My results were fantastic and
could never have been completed without the help of such a thorough
researchers. All of his results are neatly and methodically presented
to you when he has completed his assignments. I was more than satisfied
with the extended pedigree that he presented to me for my great grandparents.
It doesn't get any better than this. Thank you Dr. Jarren.
Steven W. Thompson, Eau Claire, WI, USA, April 30, 2008
Dr. Volker Jarren has travelled
to several locations in Germany to help me research my family. Since
both my mother's and father's families were not land owners and therefore
moved frequently this was a difficult task. Because some sections of
Germany would not allow the Mormons to photograph records my research
was at a stand still. Working with Dr. Jarren has been a joy. He works
in a timely manner and pays attention to details. When possible he includes
more information than just birth, marriage and death dates. He answers
questions immediately. I recommended him highly. If you would like to
contact me please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madelin Page, Glendale, Arizona., USA, April 19, 2008
Dr Jarren is a very knowledgeable,
helpful, informative, and capable ally in my efforts to research old
records. He is honest and straightforward about what research can and
cannot be done and why. His candid demeanour is well appreciated when
it comes to what efforts and their expense entail. I feel his work is
well worth what I put forth for it. Dr Jarren was able to confirm various
data as well as discover some other things to help me to further fill
out my family tree. My interests include also historical information
such as occupations, names, etc., and Dr Jarren was very informative
along the way in those subjects also. I look forward to continuing my
research with the help of Dr Jarren!
K. Åkre, USA, April 15, 2008
Dr. Jarren, Thank you so
much. I've enjoyed reading this latest information about Maria Elisabeth
Hoer and family. I am very surprised to learn about Heinrich Hoer who
died in the U.S. That is news to me. Your work has given me a lot of
new avenues to explore here in the U.S. I appreciate all you have done
so far. Though I like to do research myself, the German documents would
have been pretty impossible for me. All the research you've done has
provided me with a wonderful sense of the German branches of my family.
I would heartily recommend you to anyone looking for their ancestors
in Germany. Thank you again!
Sheila Tucker, Austin, Texas, U.S.A., February 24, 2008
Dear Dr. Jarren, Thanks you
so much for your excellent research and report. I have just begun to
digest it and will send to my relatives as soon as I can so that they
can appreciate the fine work also. Again, Thanks and we will contact
you again, and recommend you to whoever seeks a genealogy researcher
in Germany. Sincerely,
William Ludwig, Cary NC, U.S.A, December 14, 2007
Dear Dr. Jarren, Please accept
my sincere appreciation for your excellent research work in finding
the family history of my great grandfather, Carl Nagel, from Trotha.
This has opened up further research into the Nagel family. While not
the only interesting bit of his history, I (an only child) was amazed
to learn that he was the father of 18 children. I look forward to working
with you in the future and I'm pleased to give you permission to use
this endorsement on your web site and in any of your publications.
Sincerely yours, William H. Nagel, Southampton, PA, U.S,A, December
I am very pleased with Dr.
Jarren's work. In just a few days , he traced back my family an additional
10 generations!! He presented a very precise research plan, which he
followed explicitly. He thoroughly answered all my questions. I would
absolutely recommend to Dr. Jarren's German family history research
services to others.
Amber Daveline -Jacksonville, Florida, USA, November 20, 2007
It is my pleasure to endorse
Dr. Volker Jarren for his tremendous work on my family tree. Although
my mother is a German native, we didn't even know who her grandparents
were when we started. Dr. Jarren documented our genealogy back to 1610,
something that would have been impossible for me considering the distance,
time constraints, language barrier, and the old style script. He has
also been generous with his time in explaining things to me and providing
sound recommendations on courses of action. I am eternally grateful
for his work and dedication. By the way, his fees are most reasonable
by U. S. standards.
Siegfried W. Kirchner, U.S.A., October 16, 2007.
Ours was a long and complicated
family history, with many unanswered questions. In a very short time
Dr. Jarren was able to compile the information and give me a very thoughtful
and complete report with his analysis based on his local German historical
knowledge, and his experience with different sources of German genealogical
data. I presented the findings thus far to my family, we are all very
impressed with the results. I'm glad to have found you.
Michael D. Schwartz, MD, Atlanta, U.S.A., October 5, 2007.
I have been working for many
years trying to find information about my ancestors in the Gross/Hofschneider
families who lived in the area around Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden. When
my wife and I visited Freiburg in June, we met personally with Mr. Jarren
who had reviewed previously sent records. In preparation he had thoroughly
reviewed the records and had developed a research plan. Although the
research did not locate the appropriate records, we learned where they
were probably not living in the late 1800s. His research plan was thorough.
I had located family names in the city directory for Freiburg and he
researched the churches they most likely attended and went and reviewed
the archdiocesan records. He went to the Civil Registry Office to locate
records in the Freiburg area. His knowledge of German and French History
during the difficult period of the Franco-Prussian War was immensely
helpful in determining where they might have lived, perhaps moving back
and forth from Germany to Alsace.
He was most prompt in his email replies. His fees are very reasonable.
My wife and I could have spent hours with him to learn about resources
for family history throughout Germany. He also worked with us in a way
that I could research what I wanted and request him to do other parts
of the research plan that needed on-site activity.
Although we did not turn up the exact information I was looking for,
it was not in any way his fault. Many records in Freiburg were destroyed
during WWII and not to be found. I plan an ongoing relationship with
Volker in the future and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone
interested in family research in Europe."
Bernard Gross, Herndon, Virginia, USA, June, 2007.
Mr. Jarren was able to get
me back to another generation on my Billian family tree. He is very
professional and expedient in his efforts. I plan to use him again in
the near future.
Janice Falvey, U.S.A, May 10, 2007.
Dr. Volker Jarren: Please
feel free to use my name as a reference for genealogy research! I am
very grateful to you for finding information on my German roots! I recommend
anyone whom is researching their ancestry to you Sir. You have a very
reasonable agreement and extra material for research findings.
Jeff Hahn, Maryville, Illinois, U.S.A., March 13, 2007
Dr. Volker Jarren recently
completed a study of my German ancestry in four locations. In one week's
time he recorded a number of ancestors and their family members in numbers
much greater than I would have dared to wish.
Dr. Jarren brought many positive attributes to the research he completed
for me. He applied no undue pressure to do anything that I didn't feel
important. He did not apply pressure to start a study until I was satisfied
with the scope, duration and cost of the proposed project. We exchanged
many e-mails so that he could precisely know what I hoped to accomplish.
Where my experience did not allow me to define objectives, Dr. Volker
provided excellent suggestions. He researched thoroughly the possible
sites to be visited, which totally avoided any time spent at a site
that had no pertinent information. The study was completed according
to the agreed to research plan but when results ceased to be found at
a site, he adjusted the plan to provide additional research results.
Dr. Jarren has an excellent command of the English language, which ensured
my full understanding of what he would do in the course of the research
study. It also resulted in very understandable documentation of research
Dr. Jarren is an excellent family history researcher who knows what
he should look for and where he is most likely to find such information.
His fees were reasonable. Even though I had reservations about committing
resources for such an effort, Dr. Jarren's research results make the
research results an excellent value. I want to do several additional
research projects on my German ancestry and Dr. Jarren is the only individual
I would consider for conducting that research.
Richard E. Weber, Platteville, WI, U.S.A., December 16, 2006
Dr. Volker Jarren has been
researching my various aspects of my family history, and has traced
my family tree back several generations. He was persistent in his research
and complete in his explanations. The thing I found most appealing is
the heavy amount of communication-at every turn, he told me exactly
what he could do and the odds of success. He gave me tremendous amounts
of help to understand the nuances of German history and culture. He
has a great wealth of knowledge and expertise-and he always shared it
in helpful ways. I would not hesitate to recommend his services.
Jim Ollhoff, Ph.D., Farmington, MN, U.S.A., November 24, 2006
After trying for over a year
to find someone to go to the church in Volkmarsen, I finally found you.
I was very pleased when I received your e-mail. Your answer to my questions
was prompt. You made sure it was clear what I needed in the way of time
period and what records I needed. Thank you again.
Shirley Buirch, CA, U.S.A., August 22, 2006
I am very impressed and pleased
with your work and your counsel.
T. Egede-Nissen, South Carolina, U.S.A., July 21, 2006
I'm very pleased with the
information. As you know what I was mostly interested in was the historical
background of my family's origin in Prussia and seeing how things worked
out for them in the new world. From your research, combined with what
I have learned about their situation in Canada I am now able to form
a much clearer picture of the family in general. And as well, I now
even have details of previous generations in Prussia. And thanks so
much for the wonderful photographs.
M. Cooper, Ontario, Canada, June 12, 2006
Many thanks for your help
in confirming our ancestors. We were impressing by your rapid response,
including extra comments of history and customs of the times. Your report
and comments were extraordinary.
M. Lemon, Richmond, Va., U.S.A., June 9, 2006
In preparation for our trip
to Germany, I contacted Dr. Jarren. He brought our family tree to life
by locating the family farm in Diersburg, Baden. By travelling to the
town he extended our German line to the present and provided an introduction
to our distant cousins. We are extremely pleased with Dr. Jarren's research.
J. Chapman, Cinnaminson, New Jersey, U.S.A., April 30, 2006
Dr. Volker Jarren is a professional
German genealogist who provided me with a reliable and cost-effective
service in the search of my German ancestry.
Alois F. Oliver, Oak Lawn, Illinois, U.S.A., March 20, 2006
I have been very satisfied
with your work. I know in genealogy there are no guarantees. I was very
impressed when I first contacted you, you would not proceed without
more proof of records. That proved to me that you were trustworthy.
It is hard being half a world away to get answers to questions. Any
questions I wanted clarified were dealt with quickly. I would highly
recommend this service.
Karen Curell, MI, U.S.A, March 17, 2006
I am extremely happy that
you have found so much info and you have given me a lot of detail as
to the history of the area. Excellent!
J. Neufeld, Alberta, Canada, March 16, 2006
Words can not totally express
my gratitude for the research work you have done on our German ancestry.
I gave you very little to start with: a family that arrived in New York
on November 15, 1856 on the ship Humboldt from Hamburg. The professional,
detailed research you then conducted was more than I ever thought was
possible, but it was your vast knowledge and your recommended next steps
that made the results so unbelievably successful and you were always
so cautiously optimistic. Anyone needing assistance with research in
Germany would be missing something if they didn't use your services.
I can't imagine that anyone could do it better and then communicate
it with such enthusiastic interest and detail. My gratitude is really
Laurie Schmidt, Cameron, U.S.A, March 1, 2006
Dr. Volker Jarren recently
completed an extensive genealogical research project for me involving
identification of record locations, creation of a research plan, actual
field research and record examination and preparation of a comprehensive
Family History Report. Dr Jarren also translated the records found from
German to English and provided complete source references and copies.
Having worked with a number of genealogists, I want to commend Dr. Jarren
as having provided an excellent, thorough and professional product.
In addition he is highly flexible and very cooperative. I would recommend
him to anyone requiring the highest level of research support and would
not hesitate to employ his services in the future.
Ernest C. Wilson, Sykesville, Maryland U.S.A, February 22, 2006
I was sceptical about using
a researcher to look into the Kornrumpf family line. When we hit the
end of the line, so to speak, the only alternatives were going to Germany
ourselves or hiring someone familiar with research in German genealogy.
I will never regret the decision to use your services. You have debunked
family lore and myths by finding the truth in church and civil records
and in doing so you have helped us find family here in the United States
that we didn't even know existed.
Thank you for your concise and very professional approach to our request
for help. We will continue to use your services in the future to expand
on what you have already found and will gladly refer you to our friends.
Donna Kornrumpf Dover, Delaware USA, January 5, 2006
Let me first extend my sincere
appreciation for your timely and accurate research on my German ancestors.
My expectation was met on all fonts., from the depth of the report to
the additional discovery of family members outside the research area.
Thank you again.
Thomas M. Thies, Ham Lake, MN, U.S.A., November 21, 2005
After over 30 years of research,
I contacted Dr. Jarren for help in locating information on my Germany
ancestors. His work has been very professional and as a result of his
work, I now have two more generations of my family and some more places
that I can research. Dr. Jarren also provided me with some excellent
pictures of my family's home village, church and even the house where
my great great great grandfather lived with his family. I hope to find
even more on my ancestors now. I would certainly highly recommend Dr.
Jarren to anyone needing research help in Germany.
Vivian Tubbs, Michigan, U.S.A., October 5, 2005
Thank you again for doing
such a detailed, thoroughly job of researching my great-grandmothers
family. Since none of the vital records are available in the United
States, I was at a loss as to how to research that branch of my family.
Your patience and command of the English language was also much appreciated.
I would be pleased and honored to recommend your services to anyone
who was looking for genealogical research in Germany. Your rates are
reasonable, communication was a pleasure, and the resulting report are
concise, factual, and exactly as intended.
C. Semlear, New York, USA, September 17, 2005
For years I was sure I could
get to Germany myself to work on my German lines but of course I did
not get there. Dr. Volker Jarren is the next best thing and much cheaper
than plane fare and hotels. He is very prompt with responses to questions,
has a fine working knowledge of German history, culture, archival resources
and is fluent in old German script, which is absolutely required in
German research today. On the basis of only one document and many inaccurate
family stories he was able to provide information back 14 generations
in one line and we haven't even started on the other principal family.
I recommend him highly for any family research you might have in mind.
Sandra C. King, Acton, MA, USA, September 15, 2005.
Thank you for your thorough
and helpful genealogical work. Your work is very informative and organized.
I will surely write again if I need any further help.
Scott A. Strohman, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, September 11, 2005
Today I received you envelope
with all the interesting information about the family of Florian Schmitt.
I was delighted to be able to have all the vital research that you were
able to accomplish on my behalf. Your work will allow me to make a major
addition to my family genealogy. The generations to come will appreciate
R. H. Kearns, Bluffton, South Carolina, USA, August 2, 2005
Let me express my genuine
appreciation for the wonderful support you gave me on our search for
the Morgenstern village. With you guidance I have been able to take
the family back another generation. I could not have done without your
help. It seemed to me that you shared my drive and enthusiasm. You always
go to the extra step in the search and that is what made it successful.
My wife and I could not believe the speed, enthusiasm, and focus of
your help. Please feel free to use me as a reference for any future
clients! You were great!
T. and N. Rafiner, Parkville, Missouri, USA, July 29, 2005
Dr. Volker Jarren has very
detailed charts and written explanations, photos of area of interest,
copies of original documents and answers questions. I am pleased with
his work since no one in the U.S. or Wisconsin knew my German background
onward 1846. Dr. Jarren is worth contacting.
L. Smith, Lakeview, Oregon, USA July 10, 2005
I am pleased with what you
have found out for me. I have been looking for my mother's parents for
over 20 years (and maybe longer than that) and you have given me something
that I have never had before - the town where they lived.
E. Armstrong, Stockton, CA, USA February 12, 2005"
Thank you for all your hard
work. Your news was wonderful and I do thank you for persevering.
C. Nicholas, Exmouth, Devon, U.K., December 14, 2004
Our family had no evidence
- this side of the Atlantic - that connected my great-great grandmother
with her parents and siblings. Mr. Jarren established the parish she
came from in Saxony and worked with the bishop's assigned researcher
to establish the proven connection we needed from the baptismal register.
He also provided me with a list of her paternal ancestors and her siblings.
The results were splendid.
Michael J. Petrie, Hartford, Wisconsin, USA, October 7, 2004
I thought I came to a dead
end while tracing back my family line. But thanks to the information
that Dr. Jarren provided me, I was able to trace back another 7 generations.
My entire family thanks you and I look forward to using more of your
B. Haupt, Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA, June 6, 2004
Dr. Jarren's work quickly
got me through a "brick wall" that I had worked on for 2 years.
Robert Soli, Reading, Massachusetts, USA, May 2004
I am very pleased with the
information that you have already developed on my g-grandfather in such
a short time.
P. Carney, Arlington, VA, USA, March 18, 2004
I went through your reports
very carefully and I'm quite impressed with the amount of research you
were able to accomplish.
E. Schoenheiter Uecker, Milwaukee, WI, USA, March 9, 2004
We appreciate the promptness
of your response to our queries, and the continued updates on the research
being performed. We are very happy with your services!
Mrs. and Mr. Meyer, Durango, CO, USA, March 4, 2004.
We were pleased with Dr.
Volker Jarren's services and fees while searching for a World War II
C. Mandarano, Mocksville, NC, USA February 5, 2004
Your work is excellent.
H. Sas, N. Somerset, U.K., January 26, 2004
Thank you so much for the
information. I got it all down loaded and printed. It will take me days
to go through it all. Please feel free to use my name as a reference
at any time. You have done a wonderful job.
William H. Kitz, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, January 5, 2004
Some examples of recent publications:
Jarren, Volker und Rascher,
Sylvester B.: Jacob Klauten (Oedt) und Jacob Cloete (Südafrika).
Zwei Namen, aber eine Biographie? In: Heimtatbuch Kreis Viersen (62)
2011, S. 63-72.
Jarren, Volker: The 'Status
Animarum' - an early 'census' of the Prince-Bishopric Münster 1749/50,
in: Der Blumenbaum. Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Volume 27 No.
3 (2010), S. 124f.
Jarren, Volker und Wex, Norbert:
Wie hießen die alten Soester? In: Verein für Geschichte und
Heimatpflege Soest. Mitteilungen 40 (2010), S. 9-11.
Jarren, Volker: Die Salinendirektoren
von Neusalzwerk von 1814 bis 1851. Eine biographische Annäherung
an Carl Friedrich Meyer, Christian Eduard Friedrich Berring und Carl
Friedrich Alexander Bovet, in: Beiträge zur Heimatkunde Löhne
und Bad Oeynhausen 21 (2010), S. 93-116.
Jarren, Volker: Der "Pesthauch
der Cholera - Soest im Jahr 1866, in: Soester Zeitschrift 118/119 (2006/2007),
Jarren, Volker: Ein Wirtshaus
(Familie Barella) und seine Speisekarte, in: Soester Schau-Plätze.
Historsche Orte neu erinnern. Festschrift zum 125-jährigen Bestehen
des Vereins für Gesichte und Heimatpflege Soest. Herausgegeben
von Norbert Wex, Soest 2006, S. 109-113.
Jarren, Volker und Wex, Norbert:
Die Soester Stadtgesellschaft im Jahr 1807 - Familien, Haushalte und
Erwerbstätigkeit, in: Soester Zeitschrift 117 (2005), S. 99-154.
Volker Jarren: Eine Zuwanderung
mit Schwierigkeiten - der Soester Neubürger Meyer Neukamp 1846.
In: Verein für Geschichte und Heimatpflege Soest. Mitteilungen
34 (2004), pp. 3-5.
Jarren, Volker: Kommunale
Handwerksförderung - die Gründung des Soester Möbelma-gazins
1854, in: Soester Zeitschrift 116 (2004), S. 56-68.
Volker Jarren: Am Rande der
Gesellschaft - Lebensstationen des Maurergesellen Wilhelm Krämer
1835 bis 1887. In: Verein für Geschichte und Heimatpflege Soest.
Mitteilungen 33 (2003), pp. 11-14.
Volker Jarren: Europäische
Diplomatie im Zeitalter Ludwigs XIV. Das Beispiel Johann Daniel Kramprichs
von Kronenfeld (1622-1693). In: Jahrbuch für Europäische Geschichte
3 (2002), pp. 101-131.
Volker Jarren: The "von
Herding" family in Muenster-Hiltrup ((16th to 19th century). In:
Volker Jarren: Hiltruper Höfe und Familien im Mittelalter und in
der Frühen Neuzeit. Bielefeld: Verlag für Regionalgeschichte
1999, pp. 314-327.
Volker Jarren: The ancestors
(17th to 19th century) of Johann Joseph Stratman (community Mellrich,
district Soest), Manuscript 1997.
Volker Jarren: The history
of the Niemeyer/Dreyer family in Liebenau (district Nienburg, province
Hanover) 17th to 19th century, Manuscript 1997.
Volker Jarren: From Schmidthachenbach
to America - The Emigration of the Groh family (community Schmidthachenbach,
Saar-Nahe region) in the 19th century, Manuscript 1996.
Volker Jarren: The Meyer
farm in Lasbeck (peasantry Havixbeck, district Coesfeld). A tenant family
history in Westphalia (18th to 20th century), Manuscript 1992.
Volker Jarren: The family
history of Schulze Weddeling (17th to 20th century) in the westphalian
peasantry Holthausen, community Velen-Ramsdorf, district Borken, Manuscript