I've been exchanging emails with Norbert Reininger over the past several weeks. He sent me an email a long time ago regarding my Panther family history. He is also descended from a Panther in the Ulm/Achern area of Baden, Germany. I looked at the records I have and could not connect his Panther family with mine. I'm very confident they are connected somewhere along the line but so far, the connection eludes me.
A couple of weeks ago, he wrote asking about the marriage of Ludwig Hodapp, which didn't match the marriage of Ludwig Hodapp he had. It ends up we were talking about two different individuals from the same area in the same timeframe. I asked if he had any other individuals from this area that I could look into. He asked me to see what I could find about the ancestors of Benjamin Reininger, his great-great-grandfather.
Did I ever hit the motherlode of information! I eventually connected Benjamin's 3x-great- grandmother as being the sister of my 6x-great-grandmother. Norbert's father and I share a set of 7x-great-grandparents (Simon Frischmann and Jacobia Eldinger). Norbert's father and I are 8th cousins making Norbert and me 8th cousins once removed. That's as distant a relation I've ever been in contact with.
I still have some research to do for Norbert's tree. No, I don't do this for a living. I do it for fun and leisure. I'd like to eventually have all of the Ulm/Moesbach/Stadelhofen/Erlach area's genealogy all mapped out, although that will likely take the rest of my life. In the meantime, I'd like to find all the ancestors I can for Benjamin Reininger. I think it's a bit of OCD but once I start researching something that I should have in my records, I don't want to stop until the information is exhausted.