Welcome to a website dedicated to the history of the Quanz and Quantz families. The Quanz and Quantz families have their origin in Germany. If you are related to either of these families we would like to hear from you. This website is hosted by three cousins in Canada:

Willkommen auf einer Website zur Geschichte der Familien Quanz und Quantz. Die Familien Quanz und Quantz haben ihren Ursprung in Deutschland. Wenn Sie mit irgendeiner dieser Familien in Verbindung stehen, lassen Sie es uns wissen. Diese Website wird von drei Vettern in Kanada betreut. Die meisten unserer Informationen sind in Englisch, aber wenn Sie Ihre Informationen auf Deutsch zur Verfuegung stellen, werden wir unser Bestes tun, um Ihre Informationen unserer Geschichte hinzuzufuegen.

John Quanz of Markham, Ontario     johnquanz@rogers.com
Ken Quanz of Baden, Ontario       quanz@golden.net
Larry Quanz of Burlington, Ontario      lquanz@yahoo.com

Quanz Family Crest
We believe the writing on the crest is as follows:

Wappen der Familie Quanz - Die Quanz aus Hessen Stammend, sind eines guten Geschlechts und führen im Schwarzrothen Felde drei Sterne und zwei Niberne Lilien, welche die Reinheit der Familie andeuten. Einen gekrönten Helm worauf ein Adlersflügel mit einem Stern der das Glück des Stammes darstellt. Dieses Wappen erhielten Sie unter Kaiser Sigismund Anno 1422.

A rough translation is:
The Quanz from Hessen descended from good lineage and conduct. The black and red field with three stars and two silver lilies represent the purity of the family. A helmet with a star represents luck. This is coat of arms was given to the Quanz family from Kaiser Sigismund, Holy Roman Reich I, in the year 1422, with the remark, that everyone by the name of Quanz is allowed to carry this coat of arms.

We are still researching several branches of the family. We would appreciate any help you can give us on these families. Have a look at the various chapters of our narrative history listed on this webpage. Any that are tagged as Research are based on leads we have found or been given. If you have any information that could help us connect these families we would appreciate hearing from you. Please email us at one of the addresses found at the top of this home page.

Wir erforschen noch einige Zweige der Familie. Wir sind Ihnen für alle Informationen dankbar, die Sie uns zu diesen Familien geben koennen. Werfen Sie einen Blick auf die verschiedenen Kapitel unserer Geschichte, die auf dieser Webseite dargestellt sind. Die Kapitel, die als „Forschung“ betitelt sind, enthalten neue Informationen, die wir gefunden haben. Schicken Sie bitte ein E-mail an eine der Adressen, die oben auf dieser Seite angegeben sind.


Family History/Familiengeschichte
Any family history must first begin with a thorough genealogy of the family line. The Canadian Quanz Family owes a debt of gratitude to Harry Quanz for the years of work he has invested in our genealogy and history. His work resulted in the publishing of his book "The Quanz Immigrants to Perth County". Harry's research led him to Germany where he connected with a distant cousin Peter Quanz. Peter had been working on the genealogy of the same family line. Both had four Quanz family members that were a puzzle for them. Astonishingly, they each had separate halves of the story. Together they have provide a continuous line back to the mid-1600s where the records end because of the "30 Years War".
Thank you Harry and Peter.

Jede Familiengeschichte beginnt mit einer sorgfaeltigen Genealogie der Familienlinien. Die kanadische Familie Quanz verdankt dies besonders Harry Quanz, der jahrelange Arbeit in unsere Genealogie und Geschichte investiert hat. Sein Werk gipfelte in der Veroeffentlichen seines Buches "The Quanz Immigrants to Perth County". Harrys Foschung fuehrte ihn nach Deutschland, wo er auf Peter Quanz, einen entfernten Vetter, traf. Peter hatte an der Genealogie der gleichen Familienlinie gearbeitet. Beide hatten vier Quanz-Familienmitglieder, die ein Raetsel für sie waren. Verblueffenderweise hatte jeder eine andere Haelfte der Geschichte. Zusammen haben sie eine ununterbrochene Linie bis in die Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts zurueckverfolgt, wo die Berichte wegen des Dreissigjaehrigen Krieges enden. Danke Harry und Peter!

 Danke Michael for your help on the German translation.


Harry Laverne Quanz
Harry Quanz, 1921 – 2005, passed away peacefully, at Heritage House, St. Jacobs, on Friday, October 21, 2005, at the age of 84. Loving father to Karen Grover of Waterloo and Ken (Lil) Quanz of Baden. Proud grandfather to Lee (Jennifer) Grover of Nanaimo, B.C. and Dawn Grover of Waterloo; Peter and Katie Quanz of Baden as well to his great-grandchildren Sarah, Thomas and David, all of Nanaimo, B.C. Sadly missed by his brother Walter (Ruby) Quantz of Palmerston, step-daughters Carol (Ken) Currie of Chatsworth, Faye (Garry) Moore of Holstein; sister-in-law Kay Binkle of Waterloo as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Fred and Veronica (nee Walter) Quanz, his first wife Elizabeth (Betty), his second wife Jean and a sister Marguerite Quanz.

Harry served in the Second World War as a member of the RCAF, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 530, Waterloo; past member of the Palmerston Police Board, the Canadian Executive Service Organization, the Canadian Material Management Society and the International Material Management Society. Harry was a part of the Victory Class of Calvary United Church and a long-standing member of the King Edward Home and School Organization.

Harry's family would like to extend a thank you to the staff at the Grand River Hospital Hemo Dialysis and Cardiac Care Units and special thanks to the caring folks at Heritage House, St. Jacobs.

Friends shared their memories of Harry with his family during visitation at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, in Waterloo on Sunday, October 23 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The service to celebrate Harry's life was held in the funeral home chapel on Monday, October 24 at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo. Donations were made to the Hemo Dialysis Unit of Grand River Hospital.

 This Obituary is from the Kitchener Record - Oct. 22, 2005. (Last paragraph edited for this website.)

Uncle Harry drew the generations of our Quanz family together in a very unique way through the work he did in gathering our genealogy and family history. We will always have a special link with him as we consider that history. I now have a hobby I share with others because he inspired me with what he has done. Thank you Uncle Harry.

Narrative History
Here are some chapters of a narrative history we have to compliment Harry's book "The Quanz Immigrants to Perth County". Click on the line to link to the selected chapter. You can also use the search engine to find references to some of your relatives - just enter their name and press search. You will be presented with a list of possible links.