AKDHA Mission Statement:
"The primary purpose of the Association is to research, educate and preserve the heritage of the German Pioneer Andreas Killian and affiliated families who settled in the early 1700’s around the Catawba River in what is now Catawba County, North Carolina; and to assist other inquirers nationally or internationally on Killian research which may or may not be related to Andreas Killian of North Carolina."
"We have been blessed to have had ancestors with the foresight and ability to establish The Andreas Killian association and I believe it is our duty and privilege to carry on out of respect for them and for the benefit of future generations." - Charles D. Killian
Our Forefathers Home Place
Andreas Killian and our forefathers came from Steinbach an der Holzecke, Germany. Click on the map image at left for an interactive map of the area.
'The Forefathers of North Carolina Pioneer Andreas Killian'
Book Cover Book by 'William Randolph McCreight', available by mail from the editor for only $45.00. This includes handling and shipping. All proceeds from the book going to AKDHA.

Make check payable to Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association and send to:

Cheryl Mann Killian
130 Rowan Road
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Fax 770-506-7157
'The Family of North Carolina Pioneer Andreas Killian' (1702-1788)
Book Cover Book by 'AKDHA' available by mail from the editor for only $30.00. This includes handling and shipping. 

Make check payable to Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association and send to:

Cheryl Mann Killian
130 Rowan Road
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Fax 770-506-7157
'Things I Remember...'
Book by 'Dr. William D. Killian', Sold Out!!! No longer available. Out of print.

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Posted 3/23/2018
Andreas Killian Descendants 2018 Biennial Alabama Reunion
Dear Killian Descendant,
We are in the process of planning the 2018 Biennial Alabama Reunion of Andreas Killian Descendants.
The reunion will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Gravel Hill Baptist Church, 6 miles South of Fort Payne, AL on U.S. Highway 11. The reunion will be on Saturday, June 16th, 2018. More details and a registration form will be sent to you later, but mark this date on your calendar now. The fellowship hall will be open at 8:00 A.M.
The more serious students of genealogy among us should plan to attend a workshop led by Susan Dooley beginning at 8:30 A.M. at the fellowship hall. Lunch will be served at 12:00 followed by a program and business meeting. The remainder of the afternoon will be a time of fellowship, visiting, and learning about Killian relatives.
Sandra (Killian) Holmes is in charge of the 2018 Biennial Reunion. If you have suggestions for a program topic or information you wish to share, contact Sandra at 256-293-9388 or 1SandraHolmes@Gmail.Com .
Our mailing list does not include all of our Killian cousins. Please tell any Killian descendants you know about the reunion and invite them to join us on June 16th.
Please bring any family information you wish to share such as old pictures, wills, deeds, letters, etc.
If you prefer to communicate via email, notify Sandra at 1SandraHolmes@Gmail.Com.
Sandra (Killian) Holmes, Alabama Reunion President
Posted 3/21/2017
2018 Spring Newsletter now available for reading or printing on line.
Posted 3/4/2018
Kandice and Kim are in charge of the cookbook that they are putting together for the 85th AKDHA reunion. This is time consuming so they need recipes ASAP. Email them to Kim or Kandice, or mail them to AKDHA P.O. Box 3272 Hickory, NC 28603.
Posted 11/29/2016
In case there are folks interested in the North Carolina Barringers, you can visit the www.generalrufusbarringer.com website for information on the award winning biography of General Rufus Barringer, entitled "Fighting for General Lee: Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade" by Sheridan Barringer. Andreas' daughter 'Christianna' was married to John Barringer, son of Johann Paulus Behringer, the pioneer who arrived in America, September 30, 1743, aboard the ship Phoenix.
Posted 3/8/2012
The Forefathers of North Carolina Pioneer Andreas Killian book Addendums. In keeping with our efforts of providing the most accurate information available, we have published addendums for the book, The Forefathers of North Carolina Pioneer Andreas Killian by William McCreight,. These addendums provide corrections, additions or other information to make this book a must have for all (Killian-Killion)' descendents. All addendums can be found on the webpage navigation bar. Addendum #11 is the latest and has a major name correction. If you have purchased the book, you will want to print out all the addendums and place them with the book.
Posted 2/21/2012.
Check out the North Carolina Maps Project's overlay of the 1886 Yoder Map with modern Catawba County.
Posted 10/22/2010
book cover William R. McCreight has published a new book 'Where did we - the Kilians - originate?' Documentation of the Origin of the Kilians - 1570 to 1800. It is only available for sale at Blurb.com. You can preview the first chapter and order the book here: www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1581233

Posted 6/29/2010
State tax exemption status
On June 17, 2010, the North Carolina Department of Revenue assigned the Association an exempt status for franchise and income tax purposes under Sections 105-125 and 105-130.11(a)(3), respectively, of the General Statutes of North Carolina.
Posted 1/20/2010
"In December, 2009, the Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association received approval for tax exempt status under Internal Revenue Code ("IRC") 501(c)(3). We are further classified as a Public Charity under IRC 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). Contributions are deductible under IRC section 170. The Association is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under IRC section 2055, 2106, or 2522. The effective date of tax exemption is June 16, 2009."
Posted 11/01/2009
2009 Reunion Pictures, along with all other previous reunion pictures I have, have been moved to
National Genealogical Society
NGS Award honored excellence in the categories of newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session this morning. NGS President Jordan Jones presented the following awards.

award Each year, the NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. A panel of three judges reviews each newsletter on material interest, variety, organization, quality of writing and editing, readability, and attractiveness. This year's categories and winners are:

Family Association Newsletter: Winner: The Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association Newsletter, edited by Charles D. Killian of Ellenwood, Georgia. [Read Complete Article]

Group picture of those attending the 2011 Reunion on Friday.
2011 Friday Reunion group picture.

Group picture of those attending the 2011 Reunion on Saturday.
2011 Saturday Reunion group picture.