The Search for Heinrich Stief: A Genealogist on the Loose
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Heinrich and Regina Stief left their homeland in 1749 and settled in Pennsylvania. From there, they and a small band of fellow settlers migrated to the rough terrain around New Brunswick’s Petitcodiac River. Faced with starvation, frigid winters, and abandonment by their sponsors — among them Benjamin Franklin — the settlers defied the odds by not only surviving but prospering. Steeves descendants now number upwards of 150,000 worldwide. Heinrich’s tale has been told so many times that parts have become legend. From the stories his earliest descendants told around the fire to the ones family historians have written and published since then, the facts surrounding Heinrich Stief, his roots, and his exploits have become confused, murky, and half remembered. Certain pieces of the puzzle have always eluded genealogists. Recently a Stief family descendant with a knack for research and more than his share of luck has uncovered a piece of history that is as significant as it was elusive. Here, then, is Heinrich Stief’s story, told as never before.
— extracted from the website of the Halifax publisher, Nimbus Publishing.