Do we share a common family ancestry?
This research, so far, spans three generations of researchers beginning in the late 1950s with my grandmother Flora Schlundt Shinabarger, continuing with years of letter writing, document research, and cemetery stopping by my mother Vera Shinabarger Bunyard, and my efforts to compile this information into a book they had always hoped would result.
But, ask anyone who has researched family roots, and as any lover of history knows, one cannot stand at the door of knowledge and not hope for more discovery.
The links below will take you through the generations of my maternal Shinabarger and paternal Bunyard ancestors. Along the way are hundreds of allied families including several of the families referred to by my mother and fellow researchers as the “Dozen Ss,” families who used various spellings of this surname. Among these people, I believe, is the father of my John Shinabarger 1764.
The role of DNA is vital in the search for the link to John 1764’s parents. Not only can DNA confirm and reveal links to other families, it can take us back to our roots. The same goes for my paternal line of James Beal Bunyard 1744. His lineage in England is unproven. Although DNA has taken my family back to its beginnings, James Beal’s English ancestors remain a mystery.
In my research, I experienced many “Aha moments.” As I compiled, I learned. I was excited to discover an old history on the Heller family, only to find a copy of my mother’s letter ordering the same book in November of 1962. What I found every direction I turned was “she’s been there and she’s done that.” I am left with a tremendous respect for the work this family history represents. I also have a clearer understanding of her fascination and dedication to this project.
I had a huge advantage by not having to re-create the wheel. Using and expanding upon my mother’s research I have made progress. I’m finding additional ancestors, solving unanswered questions. However, the main mystery of patriarchs continues to elude answer. It is my hope that more eyes will mean more discoveries, be it to exclude or to include families. I will periodically post additional family cards and histories.
In publishing this information, I hope to both help others and to contact more researchers who may lead to additional answers to the mysteries of ancestral roots.
Documented corrections, comments or questions are welcome. The ability to share is vital. I invite you to explore the possibilities for DNA testing. Explore these pages using the links below, utilize the Surname and Index references to over 20,000 Family Cards. Hopefully you will also find something new here.
Variations of surname: SCHAMBERGER, SCHELLENBERGER, SCHOENBERGER, SCHÖENBERGER, SCHONEBERGER, SHAMBERGER, SHENBERGER, SCHÖNENBERGER, SHANABARGER, SHELLENBERGER, SHENABARGER, SHENBERGER, SHENBERRY, SHENEBERGER, SHINABARGER, SHINABERGER, SHINABERRY, SHINEBARGER, SHOENBERGER.
Allied families include: HELLER, TABOR/TABER, CARTER, BELL, DIETZ AND OTHERS.