Michael Lacopo's research into the origins of Ludwig M√§intzger indicates the village of Merchingen as the likely origin of the Mansker-Minsker families.

So where is Merchingen? Here is a series of Michelin maps zooming in on its location. You can see that it is east and a bit north of Karlsruhe and Neureut.

You can also see a couple of Google Earth satellite photos: Western Europe and Merchingen

Map to Merchingen 1

Map to Merchingen 2

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Map to Merchingen 4