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

Grandma Bergmann

Today, I will tell the tale of a couple that was married on this day back in 1849. The groom arrived in America before the Gesellschaft did. The bride arrived right before her wedding. Both the bride and the groom were Bavarians. I will begin with the groom. Johann Peter Bergmann was born on March … More Grandma Bergmann

George Gerstacker – Bavarian Bottoms Farmer

Johann George Gerstacker was born on January 28, 1857, the son of Johann Friedrich and Margaretha (Mausner) Gerstacker. His baptism record was once found in the books of Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, but that congregation’s records were destroyed in a fire. We can find the following information about George Gerstacker in a re-creation of … More George Gerstacker – Bavarian Bottoms Farmer