White Pearl Maker

Karl Oswald Gerhardt was born on July 31, 1869, the final child of Julius and Amalie (Leine) Gerhardt. If he was still alive today, he would be celebrating his 153rd birthday. Oswald’s baptism record can be found in the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. An image of that record is displayed below. Oswald … More White Pearl Maker

If You’re Gonna Be a Fiedler, You Gotta Have a Schmidt in the Band

I believe that if you look at the family trees of folks that live in this area, you will eventually discover a Schmidt amongst the branches. We will be looking at the Fiedler family tree today, and, lo and behold, one of the Fiedler’s married a Schmidt. However, the Schmidt bride in today’s story did … More If You’re Gonna Be a Fiedler, You Gotta Have a Schmidt in the Band

A Poehner Pair

Today’s tale has what could be described as several “missing pieces”. Actually, I think a better way to describe these missing pieces is that they are pieces that I was unable to find. I spend a few hours each day gathering the pieces to put together for a story. I use the term “drive-by genealogy” … More A Poehner Pair

He Shines Like a Star

Matthias Wukasch died on March 19th in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri.  When he was buried in Frohna, they put a portion of Daniel 12:3 on his tombstone. Matthias Wukasch gravestone Daniel 12:3 reads as follows: “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many…

A Thieret Throng

When you look at Lutheran marriages that took place in the 1800’s, you often find a couple in which one was born in Germany and one was born in the United States. When you get to marriages taking place in the 1900’s, almost all brides as well as grooms were born in this country. The … More A Thieret Throng