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Since 50 years I have been engaged more or less in the history of my home village Bömighausen. Substance was gathered for many years which will be evaluated and, made round by further authors´ scripts, shall be introduced in the genealogical researches of Bömighausen.

The historical part cannot be a complete chronical of the village. It was not easy to select representative material out of a meanwhile rich stock. The ways of writing and talking in the ancient times are just used originally in some examples, mostly, however, they are brought into the present language modus. This book was not written to paint a nostalgic glorified picture of the Past. It points out the hard conditions, too, under which our ancestors had to live in a beautiful but also poor landscape. The chronical may give us a sight into our ancestors´ life and it may bring up some facts from the Past protecting them from being forgotten.

The part that contains family history is mostly based on the notes in the clerical registers. They were completed by further written and verbal details.

No one lives on his own, everybody is a link in a long chain of ancestors and a member of his family. Many of those who had to die have just left their names as tracks on the way of time. So it pays to explore connections to learn something about the people who lived before us or those ones who still live with us. In spite of all diligence it is impossible to avoid gaps, discrepancy or mistakes at all in the genealogical researches books.

Dealing with the village´s and families´ history points out that the consciousness of history as a forming power must be regarded as a basis for a responsible attitude on questions of presence´s and  future´s demands. It is impossible to list up all the names of the various people who gave information, advice and help to make the production of this book come true. Thanks to all of them who gave material, indication and scripts, also to those ones who agreed with the publication of the data in the kinship part.

Representatively for the many assistants shall be remarked some of them: I am glad to thank my wife for her patience and co- working. I am also grateful for clergyman Müller´s and his predecessors´assistance in Rhena who gave all the needed documents at hand. A cordial thank you to my deceased uncle, Karl Schäfer. Together we deciphered the most difficult part from the old church register. He gave me helpful advice, and using his extensive knowledge, based on having studied the archives, he knew a lot about our home – village´s history. So he left us rich resources. My mother, Frieda Thomas, nee Schäfer, told me much about the later history of the village and its families. Friedrich Trachte sen. (Dommes) seemed to be the last inhabitant who cared for the former times. Christian Lamm who died some time ago explored and collected historical material as well. Some of these facts could be taken into the genealogical book.

We would like to thank Mr. Hans – Friedrich Krauße, Mr. Martin Welteke and Mr. Bernd Hannover for their diligent scripts.

It was very difficult for Erna – Luise Höhle to get all those data and signatures. The pre – selling of the book was not easy, too. So we would like to thank her for her difficult assistance.

Hans Bärenfänger solved organization and literature problems. So his part of work for a successful book is great. Fortunately he did large writing work in the chronicle part and cared for a modern and pleasing layout. He scanned the pictures which were needed and created a well – balanced relation between texts and pictures that is helpful to present history in a living and evident way.

The former magistrate Friedrich Koch and the magistrate Detlef Ückert promoted the creation of this book.

May this genealogical researches – book enjoy its readers, may it enforce them to own explorations and become a real homeland – book for Bömighausen.


Picture Karl Thomas

       Karl Thomas

Spring 2004






To Person:

Karl Thomas was born in Korbach on Nov. 6th, 1934. He grew up in Bömighausen, because his father, a teacher, taught the pupils in  this village. He and his wife Ingid, nee Rumpf, have a daughter and two grandchildren. After having passed the final examination Mr. Thomas succeeded in becoming a teacher in Korbach. He lives in a house of his own yet, and, even after having retired, he is still very engaged in exploring the history of his birthplace and its further surrounding. He is well- known as a co – worker at the Korbach archives and in the Waldeccian Historical Union. Thus, he has always been connected not only with his hometown but with the area of Waldeck, too.


In Memoriam of Karl Schäfer

An obituary´s headline written by Mrs. Schiefner could be read in the well- known Waldeccian newspaper “WLZ” from Dec. 15th, 1994:” Various treasures were lifted”.

Karl Schäfer was born on April 26th, 1905 and died – 90 years old- on Dec. 8th, 1994. First he was a pupil at the usual village school in Bömighausen, later he went to the “ALS”, a college in Korbach. He studied and became a teacher in the area of Marburg. In spite of having got sick eyes he started to explore Waldeccian history.

Mrs. Schiefner appreciates Karl Schäfer and his work: “He just was a `Bömighausen Boy´ who loved his Waldeccian homeland, especially that part we call “the Upland”. And he was connected with the people out there during all his life – time. His will to explore led him to ancient mines, half – destroyed pits and he used to look for gold in the brooks. However, near  the villages of Neerdar and Rhena rich treasures  could not be found. Instead, later he brought other, more precious objects of value from the Marburg Hassian State Archives  to daylight.

With never ending patience he studied old documents and texts. Step by step he explored the past of his home area. Karl Schäfer owned conscientiousness, diligence and and knowledge at a high level, and even at his progressive age he went on taking his results of his explorations about the principality of Waldeck to the people. There are many publications by him dealing with the circumstances of our ancestors´ life showing high scientific quality but being written in a way that make people understand former generations´ way of living.”

 It has to be added that the busy and successful explorer Karl Schäfer became a specially honoured member of the Waldeccian Historical Union. As a man who knew Bömighausen´s history best, he would have been very pleased, if it had been possible to present him this book. Still, when he had grown old, he was bound to “his” village. Today Bömighausen has to be grateful for his work.

                                                         Karl Schäfer: Photo

A Nation refusing the Past does not deserve Future


                                                  (Alexander von Humboldt)