A Brief History of Hanover
This section provides an abbreviated history of the country of Hanover, what is now the state of Lower Saxony in Germany. It was a sovereign nation when our Doepker ancestors left there. It covers the period from the founding of Hanover in 1708 when it was part of the Holy Roman Empire through German Unification, World Wars I and II, the Cold War and the Reunification of East and West Germany. Its purpose is to describe the kind of world our ancestors lived in and what motivated them to come to America.
The Doepkers From Schwege to America
This is the story of the Doepker family, from its origins in the village of Schwege, in what is now Germany, to their immigation and settlement in Ohio and Michigan. It describes the type of people they were, how they made their livelihoods, and what was going on in the world around them. It includes profiles of the siblings of Hildagard Doepker, my grandmother.
This section is provided as an appendix to provide background information for the other Doepker-related content on this site. It includes the origin and meaning of the Doepker surname as well as histories of the three primary places that were the stages for the Doepker history. They include Schwege, Germany, Glandorf, Germany and Glandorf, Ohio.
Farm houses in Schwege, Germany.