Stephen Seifert who lived in the Black Forest region on the border of France and Germany, was the
father of three boys, Philip, Adam and Johannes, who emigrated in the late 1740's. This particular
Stephen Seifert has not been definitively identified as the father of our three ancestors, although the correspondence in names seems reasonable. If you are in a position to research Catholic families in
Alsace, please let us know!
Register to gain access to Cyphert Stories (on the People tab), which provide more information.
A couple of key stories to get an overview of the Cyphert family are Coming to America and
The Cyphert Name
Want to meet the Cousins?
Our Cyphert Facebook group provides a virtual reunion for any and all descendants of Philip, Adam and Johannes Cyphert. We swap family history information as it comes up, and we let each other know
what is going on along the various branches of the Cyphert (Philip)/Seyfert (Johannes, Adam)/Seifert (Adam) tree. It's a great place to get started if you
aren't sure where you "fit" into the Cyphert tree. Somebody probably has the records on your branch!
Go to Facebook Group. Join up, and then add all your cousins!
The first official Cyphert reunion took place at the Methodist Church in Kingsville on June 30, 1923,
shown above. It's a tradition that continues somewhat irregularly on the last Saturday of June at Clear
Creek State Park, PA. The first reunion gathered the descendants of brothers William Rolston (1-3-8)
and Thomas Burton Cyphert (1-3-6) along with their cousin, Henry Cyphert (1-7-1), who had married
sisters Elizabeth, Mary Jane, and Sarah Allison in a triple ceremony at Brookville, PA in 1857. The
reunion organizers were probably congregation members Hugh Burton (1-3-6-6), David
Harvey (1-3-6-3), Curtis Elmer (1-3-8-3), Tate Elsworth (1-3-8-4) and Barton Elwin (1-3-8-7) Cyphert. All but Barton Elwin are buried in the Methodist Cemetery, Mount Calvary, two miles north of Kingsville, and
Barton E. Cyphert's house can be seen at the left of the photo.
Each of these cousins is in the picture, along with 250-300 other members of the Cyphert family,
friends from town, and quite a few Aarons. Click HERE for an enlarged version of the photo, and hover
over a face to see who it is. (Of the three Allison sisters, Sarah was the only one living long enough to
attend the reunion. She was 87 years old at the time and died in 1930. Look for her in the fourth panel with the black scarf hanging around her neck.)
More Reunion Stories with photos require registration. Come on in and get acquainted!
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children.
The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. The site can generate various reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu
bar. In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool.
Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption.
To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.
Keep us up to date on your branch of the Cyphert family!
If you find missing or incorrect information on your own family branch, you can edit the tree! First, log
in as a family member. (If you are not yet registered, request that first! Responses generally take just
a couple of days.) Then, do NOT try to use the “Edit” tab. (Sorry…that’s just a weird thing about the
Tribal Pages setup that I can’t fix.) For instructions, go to the People tab, select Stories, and then
Member Information and Instructions.