I’m in the midst of hunting for dead people. During the winter months I seek the paper trails that my ancestors may have left. Sometimes, when the genealogy websites don’t have the answers you have to find other ways to find them.
This past week I contacted an Ohio church that I thought my ancestors attended in the mid-19th Century. One of the members was generous with his time and went out of his way to find information for me. In the end, the question I initially contacted the church for was not answered but little nuggets of gold were gleaned.
My great-great grandfather’s first wife did come to America with him and lived in Ohio until 1854, when she died. Their first two children were born in France but they had two others in America, one who died young. Four months after his first wife died, he married my great-great grandmother. The two of them added 5 more children to the family. One of their children also died young. I never knew these two children had existed. They have now been added to the family tree.
This information now has me fleshing out this particular family. I’ve been fairly successful. I’ve found marriage records of many of the great-grand aunts and uncles. (Is that the correct term?) I’ve found a few of their death records.
But the first question remains…..is my great-great grandmother’s father’s name Charles or Christoph? Our family has always assumed that it was Charles because of the “CH” written on a baptismal record. In January Ancestry.com uploaded baptismal, marriage, and burial records from Wurttemburg, Germany. That’s where my great-great grandmother was born. There is a baptismal record that is a close match for her. The birth date is one day off (I’m okay with that) but the father’s name was “Christoph”, not Charles. Sibling, parent, and grandparent names are similar to the names of her children. There’s a notation that she emigrated to North America in 1854. I think it’s a match but I want to confirm the father. There must be a document in America that proves it. Until then, I’ll pencil Christoph in with a notation of uncertainty.