I have been doing my family history for more than twenty years. The results of my labors are on our FAMILY PAGE. My grandfather was Arville Dean Coonradt, a descendant of Heinrich Coonradt, who in 1712 came as a youth from the Bavarian Palatinate, Germany via England to Livingstone Manor, on the Hudson. In 1734 he moved to Rensselaerswack, New York to join the settlers there. My interest in genealogy and family roots is never ending. I have now taken on this project to record all the COONRADT families in America. WeRelate came along at the right time, it is an ideal site in which I can get all the distant cousins to participate in 'growing' the COONRADT family.
A HISTORY OF THE COONRADT FAMILIES
The name "Coonradt", (Latin Coonradus), with its varied spellings, is Germanic in origin. The meaning of the name is "Wise in Council". It was at first used only as a title or personal name, but by the close of the tenth century, when surnames were first adopted among European peoples, we find it used as a family name. In time the name spread to all parts of the continent, though of course with varied spellings in the different languages. In the Germanic countries it is Coonrad, Conrad and Kunrad, each with a t, e, or i as an ending. Our present history concerns itself only with the New York family of Coonradts whose forebearors fled the Bavarian Palatinate at the beginning of the eighteenth century, coming via Holland to the colony of Rensselaerswack. The names of the first three forefathers were Wilhelm, Heinrich and Philipp Coonradt. While many of the descendants of these forefathers are now residents in or near the origional Rennselaerswack settlements, a major part of us are scattered among the various states from coast to coast.
This excerpt is taken from a COONRADT family history that was originally created (1954-55) by Henry Jacob COONRADT / Ralph Garfield COONRADT. You can see the entire History and Genealogy at this link.
To view the original Family Trees for the three COONRADT brothers click on the links below. These are the family trees that I uploaded to WeRelate to start the Coonradt database.