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In this website you will find the names of more than 17,000* descendants of Wendel Laumeister, 1750 Immigrant to York, Pa. Because this tree displays information about our living relatives access is restricted only to family members, upon request. None of this info has been uploaded to Ancestry.com or any of the pay-to-play genealogy sites.

If you are named or descend from a Laumaster, Lawmaster, Loumaster, or Lowmaster, simply request access to see if you are in here. If you're not I could be missing you, or in many cases as I have done over the years, I can help you connect. Registration is free for family but please be prepared to contribute something to the tree. For those researching associate lines with our family, contact me and I will be glad to share what I can.

Perhaps ironic, but if you are named Laumeister, you are not a descendant of Wendel and of this line and this site. Wendel immigrated in 1750. One century later a number of people named Laumeister immigrated. Many of them kept the Laumeister name and none, to my knowledge, took on the spelling of Laumaster, Lawmaster, Loumaster, or Lowmaster. I fully suspect we are distant, very distant, cousins, but I am not the one to make that connection.

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"Many years ago when I was about five or six years of age, my Grandfather John Lowmaster who was then about eighty years of age, and still quite active, had me go with him fishing on the Little Mahoning Creek, which flowed by our little farm. I remember asking him at this time who his grandfather was; and he said Wendel. I remembered that; and as I grew older, began to gather what information I could about our ancestors.

"Since the year 1750, the descendants of Wendel Lawmeister (anglicized to Lowmaster) have become so numerous and so widely dispersed that it would be impossible to trace them all. Some years ago, while living in York, Pa., I was able to purchase a book, "Thirty Thousand Names of Immigrants," by Professor I. Daniel Rupp, from the Aurant Press, Harrisburg, Pa. Although it was out of print, they still had the plates and printed a copy for me. In it I found the name of Wendel Lawmeister."
- Rev. Vane H. Lowmaster



I was 17 years old when my granduncle, Rev. Vane Lowmaster (1892-1987), published a soft cover book simply called Lowmaster and gave me a copy. It was interesting but it sat until the pages became crisp. But the seed was planted. One day I asked my Grandpa Lowmaster how we were related to the Lowmasters in Punxsutawney and he told me we weren't. Out of that conversation grew what would become a 25-year project to see if everyone named Lowmaster was related. I concluded that they were and eventually included people named Loumaster, Lawmaster, and Laumaster -- all descendants of Wendel Laumeister, 1750 Immigrant to York, Pa.

My focus for more than 20 years was simply tracking people named Laumaster (any variant). Only more recently have I agreed to track some maternal lines as well, which one will find, are not as well developed as the lines for Lowmaster, Lawmaster, Loumaster, or Laumaster.


Please note that there is information about living people in this tree. In many cases I promised submitters I would not upload their information outside of this private tree. Therefore, I ask all users to respect this. Do not take any information about our living relatives and upload it to a genealogical site. - Barry Sherry

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*There are more than 21,000 names which includes 17,000 descendants of Wendel Laumeister and 4,000 associated names, i.e., in-laws (parents of spouses)

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