Ancestry of Albert Einstein

Portrait Of Albert Einstein
Portrait of German-born American physicist Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955). Fred Stein Archive / Getty Images

Albert Einstein was born in the city of Ulm in Wurttemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879 into a non-observant Jewish family. Six weeks later his parents moved the family to Munich, where Einstein spent most of his early years. In 1894, Einstein's family moved to Pavia, Italy (near Milan), but Einstein chose to remain behind in Munich. In 1901 Albert Einstein received his diploma from the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, as well as Swiss citizenship.

In 1914, he returned to Germany as director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Physical Institute in Berlin, a position he held until 1933.

After Hitler's rise to power, life for professional Jews in Germany became very uncomfortable. Albert Einstein and his wife, Elsa, moved to the United States and settled in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1940 he became a US citizen.

Professor Albert Einstein is best known for his special (1905) and general (1916) theories of relativity.

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First Generation

1. Albert EINSTEIN was born on 14 March 1879 in Ulm, Wurttemberg, Germany, to Hermann EINSTEIN and Pauline KOCH. On 6 January 1903 he married his first wife, Mileva MARIC in Berne, Switzerland, with whom he had three children: Lieserl (born out of wedlock in Jan 1902); Hans Albert (born 14 May 1904) and Eduard (born 28 July 1910).

Mileva and Albert divorced in February 1919 and a few months later, on 2 June 1919, Albert married his cousin, Elsa EINSTEIN.


 

Second Generation (Parents)

2. Hermann EINSTEIN was born on 30 August 1847 in Buchau, Wurttemberg, Germany and died on 10 October 1902 in Milan, Friedhof, Italy.

3. Pauline KOCH was born on 8 February 1858 in Canstatt, Wurttemberg, Germany and died on 20 February 1920 in Berlin, Germany.

Hermann EINSTEIN and Pauline KOCH were married on 8 August 1876 in Canstatt, Wurttemberg, Germany and had the following children:

  +1    i. Albert EINSTEIN

       ii. Marie "Maja" EINSTEIN was born on 18 November 1881 
           in Munich, Germany and died on 25 June 1951 in 
           Princeton, New Jersey.


Third Generation (Grandparents)

4. Abraham EINSTEIN was born 16 April 1808 in Buchau, Wurttemberg, Germany and died on 21 November 1868 in Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.

5. Helene MOOS was born on 3 July 1814 in Buchau, Wurttemberg, Germany and died in 1887 in Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.

Abraham EINSTEIN and Helene MOOS married on 15 April 1839 in Buchau, Wurttemberg, Germany, and had the following children:

         i. August Ignaz EINSTEIN b. 23 Dec 1841
        ii. Jette EINSTEIN b. 13 Jan 1844
       iii. Heinrich EINSTEIN b. 12 Oct 1845
 +2     iv. Hermann EINSTEIN
    	 v. Jakob EINSTEIN b. 25 Nov 1850
        vi. Friederike EINSTEIN b. 15 Mar 1855


6. Julius DERZBACHER was born on 19 February 1816 in Jebenhausen, Wurttenberg, Germany and died in 1895 in Canstatt, Wurttemberg, Germany. He took the surname KOCH in 1842.

7. Jette BERNHEIMER was born in 1825 in Jebenhausen, Wurttemberg, Germany and died in 1886 in Canstatt, Wurttemberg, Germany.

Julius DERZBACHER and Jette BERNHEIMER were married in 1847 and had the following children:

          i. Fanny KOCH was born 25 Mar 1852 and died in 1926. 
             She was the mother of Elsa EINSTEIN, second 
             wife of Albert EINSTEIN.
   	 ii. Jacob KOCH
  	iii. Caesar KOCH
 +3      iv. Pauline KOCH

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Fourth Generation (Great Grandparents)

8. Rupert EINSTEIN was born on 21 July 1759 in Wurttemberg, Germany and died on 4 April 1834 in Wurttemberg, Germany.

9. Rebekka OVERNAUER was born on 22 May 1770 in Buchau, Wurttenberg, Germany and died on 24 Feb 1853 in Germany.

Rupert EINSTEIN and Rebekka OBERNAUER were married on 20 Jan 1797 and had the following children:

     i. Hirsch EINSTEIN b. 18 Feb 
        1799
    ii. Judith EINSTEIN b. 28 May 
        1802
   iii. Samuel Rupert EINSTEIN 
        b. 12 Feb 1804
    iv. Raphael EINSTEIN 
        b. 18 Jun 1806. He was
        the grandfather of 
        Elsa EINSTEIN, Albert's 
        second wife.
 +4  v. Abraham EINSTEIN
    vi. David EINSTEIN b. 11 
        Aug 1810


10. Hayum MOOS was born about 1788

11. Fanny SCHMAL was born about 1792.

Hayum MOOS and Fanny SCHMAL were married and had the following children:

 +5   i.  Helene MOOS

12. Zadok Loeb DOERZBACHER was born in 1783 in Dorzbach, Wurttemberg, Germany and died 1852 in Jebenhausen, Wurttemberg, Germany.

13. Blumle SINTHEIMER was born in 1786 in Jebenhausen, Wurttemberg, Germany and died in 1856 in Jebenhausen, Wurttemberg, Germany.

Zadok DOERZBACHER and Blumle SONTHEIMER were married and had the following children:

 +6    i.  Julius DERZBACHER

14. Gedalja Chaim BERNHEIMER was born in 1788 in Jebenhausen, Wurttenberg, Germany and died in 1856 in Jebenhausen, Wurttenberg, Germany.

15. Elcha WEIL was born in 1789 in Jebenhausen, Wurttemberg, Germany and died in 1872 in Goppingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.

Gedalja BERNHEIMER and Elcha WEIL were married and had the following children:

 +7    i.  Jette BERNHEIMER

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Fifth Generation (Great Great Grandparents)

16. Naftali EINSTEIN was born about 1733 in Buchau, Württemberg, Germany

17. Helene STEPPACH was born about 1737 in Steppach, Germany.

Naftali EINSTEIN and Helene STEPPACH were married and had the following children:

 +8    i. Naftali EINSTEIN

18. Samuel OBERNAUER was born about 1744 and died 26 Mar 1795.

19. Judith Mayer HILL was born about 1748.

Samuel OBERNAUER and Judith HILL were married and had the following children:

 +9    i. Rebekka OBERNAUER

24. Loeb Samuel DOERZBACHER was born about 1757.

25. Golies was born about 1761.

Loeb DOERZBACHER and Golies were married and had the following children:

        i. Samuel Loeb DERZBACHER 
       was born 28 Jan 1781
 +12   ii. Zadok Loeb DERZBACHER

26. Leob Moses SONTHEIMER was born in 1745 in Malsch, Baden, Germany and died in 1831 in Jebenhausen, Württemberg, Germany.

27. Voegele JUDA was born in 1737 in Nordstetten, Wurttemberg, Germany and died in 1807 in Jebenhausen, Württemberg, Germany.

Loeb Moses SONTHEIMER and Voegele JUDA were married and had the following children:

 +13    i. Blumle SONTHEIMER

28. Jakob Simon BERNHEIMER was born 16 Jan 1756 in Altenstadt, Bayern, Germany and died 16 Aug 1790 in Jebenhausen, Wurttemberg, Germany.

29. Leah HAJM was born 17 May 1753 in Buchau, Württemberg, Germany and died 6 Aug 1833 in Jebenhausen, Württemberg, Germany.

Jakob Simon BERNHEIMER and Leah HAJM were married and had the following children:

         i. Breinle BERNHEIMER b.  
            1783 in Jebenhausen,
            Württemberg, Germany
        ii. Mayer BERNHEIMER b. 1784
            in Jebenhausen,
            Württemberg, Germany
 +14   iii. Gedalja BERNHEIMER
        iv. Abraham BERNHEIMER b. 5 
            Apr 1789 in Jebenhausen,  
            Württemberg, Germany 
            d. 5 Mar 1881 in Goppingen,
            Baden-Württemberg, Germany. 

30. Bernard (Beele) WEIL was born 7 Apr 1750 in Dettensee, Württemberg, Germany and died 14 Mar 1840 in Jebenhausen, Württemberg, Germany.

31. Roesie KATZ was born in 1760 and died in 1826 in Jebenhausen, Württemberg, Germany.

Bernard WEIL and Roesie KATZ were married and had the following children:

 +15    i. Elcha WEIL