Posted by transfer
on Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 11:35 AM
Since the creation of this site in December of 1995, new information, that has greatly extended our knowledge of the Family worldwide, has continuously been arriving. The Swiss Iseli's family members have been steadily emigrating since the 1700's. These emigrations seem to be mostly independent of each other. For organizational purposes, this site will consider each emigration episode a "branch" of the Family. We have tentatively catagorized each known branch into the following groups.
- The Swiss Iseli: This is the original "root"
of the Family in Switzerland. The Iseli name is reasonably common in Switzerland, as
is its Basel variant Iselin. So far, we have identified 12 Iseli
branches in Switzerland.
- The Wisconsin Isely and Esely: This is the largest
American family branch and is descended from Christian Iseli (1737) of Luetzelflueh whose
sons and grandchildren immigrated to America at different times between 1840 and 1880.
Many members of this branch settled in Wisconsin where a large cluster of
descendants still live, especially in Monroe and New Glarus areas.
- The Ohio Isaly: This is the eldest known branch of the
Family in America descended from Peter Iseli of Walkringen and his wife Johanna Kunz.
Peter's son, Christian (1803) and his wife, Verena Zwygart, immigrated to Monroe
County ("little Switzerland") Ohio in 1833.
- The Kansas Isely: This Family Branch descended from
Christian H. Isely and Elise Dubach who immigrated in the 1850's and settled in Kansas.
This branch also originated in Walkringen and may be directly related to the Ohio
- The U.S. East Coast Iseli: This is the tentative name
given to the descendants of Jacob Iseli who immigrated to America in the 1890's.
- The U.S. West Coast Iseli: This is the tentative name given to those
Iseli who settled on the West Coast, especially in Oregon and Washington states.
- The New York Esely/Esley: This branch was established
by Johannes Iseli (1807-1900) and Maria Gueder (1806), who immigrated to the U.S. around
1850 with their 10 children. The spelling of the name changed again thanks to an
Union Army clerk.
- The Dutch Iseli: This interesting branch of the Family
was started by Johannes Iseli, a Swiss mercenary working for the Dutch in colonial
Indonesia. After WWII, most of his descendants left Indonesia during the difficult
early day of independence. Most of family resettled in Holland, but a few immigrated
to America in the 1950's.
- The South African Isel/Izel/Yseli/Yselle/Yssel:
Thousands of Family descendants can be traced toJohannes Christian Iseli (abt.
1733) of Hasle bei Burgdorf who immigrated to South Africa in 1755 and sired 12 children.
Because of their close association with the Dutch Boers, the spelling was changed
over time. Today, the names are common throughout South Africa.
- The Canadian Iseli: We have confirmed information from Switzerland of at
least two Iseli families immigrating to Canada in 1891 and 1899.
- The Australian Iseli: Search of the Australian White Pages on the Internet
shows clusters of Iseli's listed in the Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne areas. Frank
Iseli of Melbourne has contacted the site and has promised to send more details in the
near future. Greetings were also received from Fred Iseli of Morley in Western
- The French Iseli and Isely: We know they exist because of the French phone
directory, but we have no information on them yet.
- South American Iseli: Many German families emigrated to Argentina,
Chile and other Latin American countries. Although I have found the odd Iseli and
Isely name in Argentina, I do not know if these are foreign visitors or local residents.
At this point, we can not be sure if there is a direct connection between all these
family branches. At best, we hope to connect those branches that have emigrated from
Switzerland to the known Swiss Families.
Do you know the history of your early family members? Oral history,
stories passed down from one generation to the next, is a valuable tool for genealogical
research. Post your stories and share them with the whole Family through this web site.
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