Saturday, January 1, 2011

SNGF-Your Very Best 2010 Research

It's Saturday Night again(I know, you just celebrated New Years Eve - are you home for the night?-- Time for some Genealogy Fun (what else is there?)!!

Your mission, should you decide to except it, is to:

1) Decide which of your (many?) genealogy research adventures was your "very best" (your definition).

2) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Status report or comment on Facebook.

Here's mine:

It has to be one of the two "brick walls" the I have broken down in the last part of the year.
My great grandfather, Emil Gunther, has been like the invisible man to find anything about. Along with his wife. I started checking around in Family Search and the records they recently microfilmed from Philadelphia, PA. My grandmother had always said that her mother died when she was little, so I thought it might have been before 1915. The death records they had are up to 1915. So I started looking and I found her death certificate. She died in 1914. This gave me her parent's names and her death information. I found that she is buried in the same cemetery as her daughter. So I went to the cemetery with the hope that in the records I would find that her husband, Emil would be there also. My grandparents were married in 1920, so I figured that he died after that. Well I lucked out big time! Not only did I find that Emil died in 1924, but also buried with them is my grandparents' first child that had died in 1922 at 10 months old. I had known about him but had no information until now. I have ordered and am still waiting for death certificates from PA for both Emil and "Baby James". So I would say this was a great research adventure for 2010!