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This history was conceived as a “living” document from the outset. As such it will become more complete and accurate over time. I hope that as time passes more members of the Glinz family might become contributors and also enhance the accuracy and level of detail, especially in the area of biographies and pictures. I truly hope that it may serve to bring members of the wider family in closer contact with one another, and serve to document the history of our forebears. I apologize in advance for any errors contained herein, and welcome any corrections and contributions.

The inspiration for this history, came from a work begun by Alan Grant Glinzson of Alban (Alvin) Glinz, grandson of Isak (Isaac) Glinz, great grandson of John Carl Frederick (Frederick) Glintz. [Please note the spelling of last name-Glintz is the spelling as documented in the original German birth, marriage and death registers. John Carl Frederick himself and later generations after him dropped the “t”. See the chapter entitled “The Glintz and Glinz Names” for further discussion]. Alan began collecting family history information as a young man, as early as 1953, and possibly earlier. Alan visited Leonhard and Irene Glinz in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1955. [I have no records of this contact but understand these Glinz’ are descendants of the Swiss contingent of Glinz’ based around St. Gallens. This is according to a family tree sent to me by Irma Glinz Ferez of Mexico City, Mexico. She is of this descendants’ tree].  Most of Alan’s serious research was done in the latter 1970’s and was put to paper in 1979. Alan visited library microfilm archives in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, and made trips to the Niagara district, where he researched local records and I believe he interviewed family members. He also traveled to Nova Scotia in the early 1970’s and to Manitoba and North Dakota in 1979.

In 1996 it was my original intention to update my father Alan’s work, and then convert his typewritten notes to electronic format for publishing. Additionally, I began to use some of the latest genealogy programs available to help produce reports and track sources of information. This was also done to allow the history to be constantly updated and expanded. As work progressed however, my desire to learn more about all of the Glintz’ who came from Europe, soon broadened the scope of the effort.

It is my intention to update this history from time to time, as required. Since I began with very few quotable sources of information, it is also my intention to rediscover sources, and note them where possible. This means that I have had to duplicate much of my father’s initial research just to arrive at a point of some “traceability” of data. I do know that some initial information has come from official records, (birth, marriage, death and census records) and some is anecdotal (letters, family records, verbal). The original history, as typewritten in 1979 by Alan Glinz was completed only as a history of one man’s family after his arrival in North America. He was Johann Carl Friederich (John Carl FREDERICK) Glintz. Alan’s printed family history did not include any details of two other men, thought to be related. They were Ernst Wilhelm (William) Glintz and Christian Ernst (Ernest) Glintz. Neither did it include information about a fourth man whose relationship to the other three was unknown, but thought to be related. This man was Johann Andreas (Andrew John) Glintz. I have attempted over many years to determine if the separate family trees should in fact be one single tree, or in other words, to determine if all four men who came to North America were related. Opinions within the various family groups may have differed on this matter, but I have made every effort to reveal the truth in this matter. I have also tried to complete the three family trees of these men and their families as information availability has permitted, so that eventually this history will encompass the story of as many members of this Glintz family from Germany, as possible. I hope that descendants of all four family groupswill continue to help me complete the respective trees and biographies.

I have endeavoured and will continue to trace the Glintz Family’s German roots prior to arrival in North America. Which is to say, I hope also to find the parents and all members of this family as it existed in Germany (or other parts of Europe). I am already aware of similarly named  families and have corresponded with Glintz’ and Glinz’ in France, Austria, Switzerland, New York State, California and Mexico. As they say, “stay tuned” for further developments.

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