Oberschwandorf is likely to be the ancient home
of all Gutekunsts. Here we find a Michel
Guttikunst as early as the year 1427 listed as witness in
a book of pious church donations ("Jahrzeitstiftungen").
in the 16th century tax registers of Oberschwandorf Gutekunsts
are shown to be the dominant family of that town.
of Oberschwandorf is located in the beautiful Waldach Valley on
the edge of the Black Forest at an altitude of 437 to 600 Meters
Right: Detail of a 1590 Map
showing Oberschwandorf (here "O. Schwandorf" = "Upper
Schwandorf") and Unterschwandorf (here: "Under Schwandorf"
= "Lower Schwandorf").
Aerial view of Oberschwandorf (ca. 1930)
registers of Oberschwandorf start fairly late in the year 1650. By that
time already a number of Gutekunst appear and it is unfortunately not
possible to link them.
transcripts (Ortssippenbuch) for the years 1650-1930 list 58 Gutekunst
family heads and many children.
one is Wolff Gut(t)e(n)kunst whom we oly know since his son married
in neighbouring Nagold. He was born around 1520 and married in about
1545 a certain Margaretha. There are several other members of that family
that cannor be connected. We find Gregor, Jörg, Michael, Hanss,
Michel, Cunrad, Georg, Martin, Jacob and to further individuals with
the name Hanss.
family member from whom all later Gutekunsts of Oberschwandorf descent
is Simon Gutekunst, who is born ca. 1611. He is married twice,
first around 1640 with Magdalena and then in 1681, already aged 70 years,
with Magdalena Waltz. In the first marriage 11 children were born, none
in the second marriage.
is well documented in the "Ortssippenbuch":
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Compared to Haiterbach
and Schietingen, the Oberschwandorf
line is fairly small in number. Many individuals of that Oberschwandorf
family have very apparently left the town and settled in the villages
Right: Tree of the
Oberschwandorf Gutekunst Family in the "Ortssippenbuch".
Also the individuals that could not be connected are shown here
here for enlarged view).
A typical Farm House in Oberschwandorf
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