Max SchulenbergRecently, my interest turned to the ancestry of the Schulenberg side of my family, when I was contacted by a more famous member of the family, who I will not name at this point, as I have not asked his permission to do so, and so I will respect his privacy. He wondered if we might be related, and I told him that I expected that we probably are. Since that time, I have been looking back on that side of the family. I knew that our side of the Schulenberg family came to America aboard the SS Moltke in 1895, when Max Heinrich Johann Carl Schulenberg arrived on that ship at the tender age of 17 years, without an adult to accompany him…a bold move for a young man. He arrived in New York City, like so many other immigrants. Before too long he had made his way to Blair,Nebraska, where he met and married Julia Doll on December 16, 1902. The couple would have ten children, the oldest of which was Andrew, my husband, Bob’s grandfather. The family would eventually settle in Forsyth, Montana, where there are still family members living to this day.

But what of the German half of the Schulenberg family. They had a longstanding heritage in Oldenburg, Germany, where the family owned a farm since 1705, when the first known Schulenberg owner,SS Moltke Johann Schulenberg shows up in records as the owner. The farm was rather large and still stands to this day. It has been well maintained, and is in fact, more beautiful today than it was when Johann owned it. I’m sure that has to do with all the modern equipment and products we have today to enhance the natural beauty of a home and its grounds. Nevertheless, the farm was a productive place in 1705 too.

The furthest record of the family line that I have found to date is Vitter Schulenberg, who actually hailed from Schulenberg, Germany, where I expect the family originated, because as most of us know, before last names existed, people were known by the town they came from, such as Jesus of Nazareth. The Schulenberg family had been known in prior years as von der Schulenberg, which translates from Schulenberg, meaning the town of Schulenberg, Germany which is located in the district of Goslar in Lower Saxony, Germany, I don’t know if those people whose last name is spelled Schulenburg came from the same family or not, but I would expect that it is quite likely, because when people came to America, they were told to Old Schulenberg, GermanyAmericanize their name, and there was no regulation as to how to do that, so some went one way and others went another way.

I also found out that there was an older village of Schulenberg, which only appears in the fall, when the lake is at its lowest point. The lake (der Okertalsperre) or reservoir which was constructed in 1953, resulting in the flooding of the old village. That fascinated me. I found this picture of the ruins on Google Earth (taken by Harz Geist), and either there is not much left of the old village, or it was very small, which almost makes me wonder if it was originally a farm named Schulenberg, that grew into a village…but that is the subject of another story, for another day.  

4 Responses to Von Der Schulenberg

  • Hello,
    I am interested if you found more as the name vitter schulenberg. Maybe he is born in 1600. i know that his son (maybe one of more) is Johann Schulenberg born 1628. That is my line. Schulenberg and schulenburg could be the same family.
    Best regards,
    klaus-peter rex

    • Hello Klaus-Peter, Your comment have peaked my interest in this again. I will look into Vitter Schulenberg, and get back to you by email. Do you have an account? If not, how are you researching your family? I would love to connect on Ancestry if you are in there.

  • Carry i am very interested in your finding of schulenberg family, in 1997 i traveled to sculenberg germany and visited the mayor aT that time. I oNce had an exchange studen from berlin, our travels Around the country was very inlighting. Other terry Has an intrest in the hearItage as well you will find him oon facebook,

    • Hi Rick. I wonder if we are related. I would assume we are. My Facebook is Caryn Spencer Schulenberg. You and your brother can send be a friend request. I can also add both of you to my Ancestry site with your email. So if he will send me his too that would be great. Let me work on your questions a bit. I wrote that story a long time ago. I would love to find our connection. Do you have an ancestry tree? My email is I look forward to hearing from you both.

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