Genealogy of the Schlagenhafts
Already Barbara Schlagenhaft, the cousin of my father has begun to collect
genealogy data of the Schlagenhafts.
She was mainly inquiring old parish-registers and thus was able to trace back
our family name to the 17th century.
Today my father, Walter Schlagenhaft, and I,
are carrying on this hobby.
My father is concerned with data collection, whereas I arrange all
information systematically in the computer.
We are not only interested in persons with the name of Schlagenhaft,
but also in all our relatives.
In the meantime we almost have 2000 persons in our database.
list of names you will find each family name and itís frequency.
Everybody who discovers his or her family name there and likes to find out,
if he or she is related to us, may write us an e-mail
Origin of Name
By word of mouth the name of Schlagenhaft has had its origin in the name of
The name of Schlaginhauffen again traces back to four brothers who
were mercenaries and who have called themselves Schlaginhauffen ("beat-the-crowd"),
Schlagintweit ("beat-far-away") and so on.
It is said that they originated from Austria.
We are always looking for sources or documents confirming or
eventually disproving this story.
It is said that a historical text about the reformer Martin Luther tells
about a companion at table with the name of Schlaginhauffen, although the
family always was mainly catholic.
For this information, too, we havenít found a written source yet.
If anybody can provide useful information about it, we would be very glad
about an e-mail to
Coat of arms
In 1516 the lineage of the Schlaginhauffen received a coat of arms which
was improved and changed by emperor Maximilian.
The document by which the coat of arms was improved
has been preserved
in its original form by fortunate circumstances.
It has not been lost during the agitations of the centuries, as in many
At the time, the document was signed, the lineage of the Schlaginhauffen
most probably had not the financial possibilities to pay the fees for
Therefore the original can still be found in the national archives in Vienna.
There it is securely kept under best climatic conditions.
Apart from that I am convinced that nowadays it would not
be handed over to us any more.
However my father has already seen the document there.
The picture on the top left of this page doesnít show the mentioned document,
but an illustration of both coat of arms painted in the 20th century.
From the heraldic point of view it surely contains several mistakes.
Unfortunately the family database is too big to be published
Besides that, I donít want to give away confidential data
about living persons.
Thus only two small exemplary excerpts are presented here:|
chart of the line from Heinrich Schlafauff up to me, Rolf Schlagenhaft in
database with all known ancestors of my grandfather
Georg Schlagenhaft in
At about 1990 I began to collect family data electronically.
I programmed two mutually connected databases in dBase3+.
One of them contained the families, the other one the individuals.
Entering and diplaying data was possible by simple text forms
on the computer screen, which were programmed in Clipper.
In 1995 I discovered some commercial and public domain programs
for genealogical research.
They were more efficient than my self-made solution.
At that time I decided to use an early version of
Family Tree Maker
It was possible to rather easily transfer the data from the old
database to the new one by using an intermediate file in
The underlying database model was rather similar.
In 2000 I discovered software for my Palm handheld enabling mobile access
to the family database at any time:
is a fast genealogical database with input capabilities and a huge
set of data fields.
is a simpler, faster genealogical database without the possibility of
entering new persons or families.
The data syncronisation between Palm and PC is possible by a
and the normal HotSynch protocol of the Palm handheld.
The estimated 2000 persons of our database need about 500k memory
on the Palm.
|Family Tree Maker:
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