Welcome To Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum Genealogy Research

  • (Book)The Search for Heinrich Steif (A Genealogist on the Loose) by Les Bowser $20.00
  • (Book)New Voices on the Shores by Rainer L. Hempel $15.00
  • (Book)A Somers' Soliloquy (Down by The River's Side) by Ross I. MacCallum $15.00
  • Trites International Society Pins $2.00 Each.
  • Permanent Settlers Pins $5.00 Each.
  • Permanent Settlers Note Cards $5.00 for a pack of 3
  • Permanent Settlers Coffee Mug With Crest $5.00 Each.
  • Permanent Settlers Official Flag $120.00 Each.
  • Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum Cards $1.00 each or six for $5.00
  • Lutz Mountain Heritage Mugs $2.00
A Somers’ Soliloquy

A Somers’ Soliloquy

Down by the River's Side By Ross I. MacCallum


...I think that the river
Is a strong brown god-sullen, untamed and intractable,
Patient to some degree, at first recognized as a frontier;
Useful, untrustworthy, as a conveyor of commerce;
The only a problem of confronting the builder of bridges.
The problem once solved, the brown god is almost forgotten
By dwellers in cities-ever, however, implacable,
Keeping his seasons and rages, destroyer, reminder
Of what men choose to forget. Unhonoured, unpropitiated
By worshippers of the machine, but waiting, watching and waiting.
T. S. Eliot
The Dry Salvages
Exept from back of book.

New Voices on the Shores

New Voices on the Shores

Early Pennsylvania German Settlements in New Brunswick By Rainer L. Hempel


More than two centuries ago, German-speaking immigrants settled along the Petitcodiac River in New Brunswick. Names like Lutes(Lutz), Ricker, Somers/Summers (Sommer), Steeves (Stieff), Trites (Treitz), and Wortman (n) are testimony to the “quiet, stubborn pioneer effort and active participation in the opening up of ... New Brunswick,” which seems all but forgotton today. The experiences in their central European home, which “pushed” them to America, also helped shape their futures among the New English planters, Yorkshire Settlers, and later Loyalists, many of whom were also of German origin. Their descendatns spead not only throughout the Maritimes region and beyond, but played a role in Canadian confederation.

Exerpt from back of book.

The Search for Heinrich Stief

The Search for Heinrich Stief

A Genealogist on the Loose By Les Bowser


Both history and genealogy are a means of connecting an end with its beginning. So too is The Search for Heinrich Stief.

How did an undistinguished German farmer more than 250 years ago become the father of an extended new-world family? And how did one of his descendants, many years later, discover a vital part of the family history?

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 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 its parts have become legend. From the stories of his earliest descendants told around the fire to the one family historians have written and published since then, the facts surrounding Heinrich Stief, his roots, and his exploits, have become confused, murky, half-remembered. And always, certain pieces of the puzzle eluded genealogists.

Recently, however, 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.

Exept from back of book.