Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Twilight Zone

This family of mine is a mystery... I have yet to find a marriage license or anything of that type of thing for my folks. I know they were married, just no documentation - so far.

I find that the Census Bureau plays fast and loose with the spelling of names, oh, and where my great-grandfather came from, guess it's take a pick or choose the latest. Maybe it was due to WWI. ??? He came from Poland, Prussia, Germany. My great-grandmother's name was from Johana, to Johanna, to Johama.

I am coming up with names of grand aunts and uncles that the names were familiar, but I hadn't heard since I was maybe 7 or 8 and I sure didn't see them! It's too bad that you can't find the dirt on the reason why there is all of a sudden a son, who had never been mentioned before - no birth record but he's on the census - twice.

Sigh... if only I could write a book..........................

6 comments:

  1. Oh you will! Keep gathering up that info and I can feel another book in your future.

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  2. Interesting! I think we all have some skeletons in our closet. Have fun and keep us posted.

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  3. Told you it would be intriguing mystifying and time consuming. Did you look into any families attached to the links (waving leaves)?
    Spelling of names on many old documents relied on the person taking the information and writing it down. Lots of people were unable to read and write so relied on others - happened in my family. Sometimes that is recorded on the census form.

    https://familysearch.org/blog/en/online-united-states-birth-marriage-death-records/

    Sounds like you are hooked lol
    Cathy

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  4. It may be confusing to try and unravel, but when you do, and I have no doubt whatsoever that you will, it will be a great feeling!!! Keep going and don't give up--People like me are here cheering you on!!!

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