Yeah, the much awaited death certificates finally arrived 🙂 Can you guess, I AM a happy HAPPY person!! As expected, I now know the name of the parents for Franz (or Frank as he later wanted to be known) Stroempl! And, it seems these were the ‘right’ names to definitely CONNECT with the Stroempl family still found in Hamburg Germany. But, though a puzzle piece is now in place, there are a couple new openings that need to be answered… Questions like: WHO were the siblings of Franz? Nina and a new connection to this family say only one of the siblings stayed in Germany while the rest came to America. So, WHO were they and where did they live? Also, Henriette supposedly gave birth to 3 children yet I can only account for 2… Was the 3rd child born in America or Germany? It is obvious the child must have died young so when and where did this boy or girl die?
I mentioned a ‘new’ cousin – it turns out Dan is my 3rd cousin! How exciting to know there are more Dittmer descendents out there!!! Hi, Dan!
Another question and puzzle piece – Dan’s grandfather left Pittsburgh PA and ended up in Cleveland. Here is another ‘connection’ to figure out – a cousin of John Stroempl was born a Gedeon! Franz and Henriette lived with the niece and her husband for a few years in Pittsburgh. WHO was the ‘kin’ that John hooked up with in Cleveland? A Stroempl? A Gedeon? or even a Pimsner?
That’s it for now…