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Exciting genealogy news!

May 26th, 2017 at 11:30 pm

I haven't spent nearly any time at all on genealogy stuff since I was so intent on making money, first at the education job and now at the marketing agency.

So I was totally surprised to get an email from Pastor Anders from the small German town where my grandfather grew up.

I had asked him a long time ago to take a photo of the address he had uncovered as being the family home when my grandfather was born in 1905. At that time, he sent me a photo which simply showed a few modern-looking single car garages evidently being used by private home owners, with a steep slope behind it. Whatever residential building had been there, was there no more.

Tonight he provided me some details about grandpa's home, and even better, some photos he obtained from the city archives!

Interestingly, what I assume was a multi-family home was built in 1884 as an extension to an adjacent building, which was built in 1778. The owner was, guess who? My great-great grandmother, or my grandfather's grandmother! And in 1853, the older building belonged to her father, my 3rd great grandfather. So perhaps he found some advantage to put the 2nd building in his daughter's name, or maybe he was just trying to set her up in life.

Here's the building:

Not at all what I was expecting! If you look carefully you can see some people looking out the 2nd story window. For all I know (and I guess I never will know), that could be family!

In all the research I've done on both sides of my family, this was the first evidence I've gotten that anyone was anything but of very modest means! Perhaps she inherited from her father, then; the pastor's research shows one other sibling, a son.

Here is a 2nd photo; i have no idea who the family is in the foreground, but the building in the background is again my grandfather's ancestral home.

To complete this little story it would be wonderful to find out when and why this building, and possible the whole row of buildings, was taken down or destroyed. Was there a fire? Did the city want to redevelop? One can only wonder.....

I would love to ask the pastor, but he seems so busy and he has already done so much research for me, getting nothing in return. So I feel funny asking.

9 Responses to “Exciting genealogy news!”

  1. Bluebird Says:

    That is so exciting! The photos are awesome!!!

  2. Carol Says:

    What a wonderful, kind surprise!

  3. Petunia 100 Says:

    Wow, what a great surprise!

  4. Dido Says:

    Exciting! So lovely to get to see what it was like. Too bad the buildings are gone now.

  5. terri77 Says:

    How exciting! I am very interested in doing a DNA ancestry test.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:


  7. rob62521 Says:

    What a marvelous surprise!

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Maybe you could send him a small piece of your mother's art as a thank you gift. Then if you asked him to do more it would feel less intrusive.

  9. PatientSaver Says:

    LuckyRobin, interesting idea. I like the idea, although my mother's art was a certain style that not everyone might like. I have a bunch of very small pieces which would ship well.

    I'm going to give that further thought, but I think for now anyway I won't ask him for more research help unless he volunteers. He has a family and he seems very busy with his work as well. One might argue that his congregation/parishioners are more important than some never before met woman in a distant country asking for help with family research.

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