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Schoenau ("schoene Au"="beautiful valley") was founded in 1142 as a monastery which was dissolved in 1560 to accomodate protestant refugees from French-speaking Wallonia. These refugees, joined by Swiss and local settlers made this beautiful spot in the Steinach Valley their permanent home, using stones from monastery buildings to construct their houses. During the Palatine Wars many people emigrated, most of them to North America. Today Schoenau is part of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg in south-western Germany with a population of approx. 5000. 
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The Families of Schoenau near Heidelberg, Germany

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ALT SCHOENAU e.V. (Schoenau Historical Society)

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Schoenau in 1911
Schoenau in 1890
Schäfersbuckel (Shepherds Hill)
Aeckerle (Little Field)
(Valley of Grein)
Aeckerle (Little Field)