The Dressels are a relatively obscure
family that has somehow survived for approximately one thousand years. This study
makes no claim to academic scholarship. This is not a definitive work; this is a first
draft of a work in progress. This first draft is an attempt to bring together the
documents, articles, legends, and stories regarding the Dressels, found in their archive,
into some basic form.
Since the materials come from various sources, periods,
and languages, its form is irregular and has inconsistencies.
It is being edited every day. Consecutive drafts will
contain an additional 400 pages of biographical material
and illustrations. The next draft, scheduled for August
30th, 2005 will contain approximately an additional
500 pages of uploaded material for the genealogy of
Zizi, Yozie, and Jani Dressel for eleven generations.
It is the sincere desire of the editor that this compilation
will eventually be used as a basis and guide for future
family historians to implement the material presented
as more data is discovered, analyzed, and made available
on the internet from European and American archives.
Please send all questions, corrections, additions
and suggestions to the editor, Joseph Dressel, by
visiting the contact page
on this site. You may also use your own email client
to send a message to josdressel(at)comcast.net (where
the (at) is the @ symbol.)
The portraits used to illustrate the direct ancestry
of Joseph Dressel the IVth are actual representations
of these individuals throughout the generations. After
that, the portraits are strictly illustrations of
how these ancestors may have been dressed in their
respective time periods.
A difficult aspect of researching this project was the identification of the social
origin and class of the Polish families that married into the Dressel family. Identifying
whether individuals were noble, burger, or peasant was particularly challenging since
most of the lower noble families did not have titles. At times these lower nobility
were even poorer than peasants, leaving little attention to recording information
that would be of value to this project. In addition, a usually reliable source, church
records, did not always identify individuals by social class.
The procedures used to identify the social origin of the families were as follows:
The above items were achieved through letters, telephone calls, personal interviews,
and interviews conducted by professionals hired toward the specific purpose of obtaining
the information. The final decision regarding the social origin of the family was
then based on the results of the above described research.
Attempt to find out from the descendants of this family what their family tradition
was regarding the origin of the family.
Attempt to find and interview people who were closely associated with the family and
ask what information they had regarding the origin of the family.
Research the earliest existing church records
Research land records in local and main State Archives
Research the published Heraldic literature for the verification of the existence of
such a name as noble, and their residence in the area in question.
Research published and unpublished genealogies of families with such names for references
to the family in question
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