Documents, documents!

Since I last posted, I've gotten a number of documents:  from the City Archive in Hannover, Grandpa Berneburg's birth certificate and his father, Andreas' death certificate.  Grandpa's is interesting but doesn't clear up any issues, but from great-grandfather Andreas we get a few bits of information -- his birthplace and his parents' names, which is exciting.  So now we have great-great grandfather, Johann Claus Berneburg, and great-great grandmother, Elizabeth Denhard, both of Eltmannishausen, a tiny town near Eschwege, in Hessen.  Today, I ordered death certificates for Matilda Hug Siegler and Sophia M. Siegler, her mother.

So at this point, I'm happy (and proud!) to say that we now have information on 14 of our 16 great-grandparents (I realized after I posted the pic that I knew who Matilda Hug's mother was).  It's taken quite a while, but here they are:

Ta da!  Hermine Kleeman might remain a mystery for a while; she's proving to be elusive.  And we have information on 12 of the 32 great-great grandparents!  That's exciting to me.

Yesterday I spent three hours in the Family History Library at our local LDS church.  That's three hours in a dark room looking at barely decipherable microfilms that I ordered from Salt Lake City.

 This is the kind of thing I'm trying to read!

It's very warm in there, and there's no air circulation or windows to open, so it doesn't take long for nausea and/or headache to develop.  However, I found records of 26 Langers in Oberglogau, Silesia, born between 1777 and 1797, and two Kuras (Maximilian's mother's name was Barbara Kura).  (That doesn't bring us up to the date of Anton Langer's birth; I have about 24 more years to get through to reach that point.)  It's a small town, and I'm trying to figure out who the different families were by looking at the birth records.  This is made somewhat easier by a naming convention whereby any child, male or female, was given the father's name as a middle name.  That will let me sort them out into family groups (I hope!)

So, I'm sorting through all this stuff and will let you know any interesting things as soon as I find them!


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