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The person holes | The Authorized Genealogist

The lacking fathers on Father’s Day

Like each household historical past researcher, The Authorized Genealogist has them.

These “man holes” within the household tree.

The locations within the branches the place a father must be.

And on this Father’s Day right here in america, taking inventory of simply what number of holes there are to be stuffed with documentation of the fathers in my line simply out to the fourth nice grandfather stage is greater than a bit dismaying.

It’s dangerous sufficient that my documentation as to my direct paternal line ends abruptly with the person on the proper right here, my nice grandfather Hermann Geissler, born 20 April 1855 in Ossig, now in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany:

Hermann’s baptismal report within the Lutheran Church in Ossig identifies his mom clearly: Friederike Geissler. Father… nicely, the column entry is just abbreviated “unehel.” — illegitimate.

Which suggests I’ve seven “man holes” in that line alone: an unknown second nice grandfather; two unknown third nice grandfathers; and 4 unknown fourth nice grandfathers.

And sure, earlier than you ask, since that is DNA Sunday round right here, I’ve examined my brothers. They match one another properly. They don’t match anyone else at a stage that may put it wherever inside an inexpensive genealogical timeframe, however hey… A minimum of they match one another.

On the facet of Hermann’s spouse, Emma Louisa Graumüller, I do higher, however as a result of the church information in Thüringen, Germany, aren’t but obtainable on microfilm, I’ve two unknown fourth nice grandfathers in her line.

It’s not all dangerous on that German facet, although. My paternal grandmother’s ancestors had been virtually all from Bremen or surrounding cities, and people information are terrific. I’m at 100% documentation out to the fourth nice grandfather stage on that facet.

On my mom’s facet of the household, I can smile my maternal grandmother’s facet of the ledger. I’m lacking just one fourth nice grandfather on that facet: whoever sired William M. Robertson, who was born in North Carolina round 1794 and died in Mississippi in 1864. Who that is likely to be, we haven’t a clue. The place in North Carolina, we haven’t a clue.

However on my maternal grandfather’s facet…

Not so good.

First off, we’ve my favourite rascal George Washington Cottrell, a second nice grandfather who by no means advised the reality about something so far as I can inform who could have been born in Kentucky someday within the early 1800s. Precisely when, or the place, or to whom he was born… um… nope. Dunno. Which suggests a lacking third nice grandfather and two lacking fourth nice grandfathers there.

Then there’s Matthew Johnson, one other second nice grandfather, possible born in Virginia round 1813 and died most probably in Pulaski County, Kentucky, round 1863. The place in Virginia? No concept. To whom? Ditto. And with a final identify like Johnson… Proper. Which suggests one other lacking third nice grandfather and two lacking fourth nice grandfathers there.

After which there’s Jesse Fore, a 3rd nice grandfather, who’s most likely the son of Archelaus Fore of Union County, South Carolina, however… there’s no documentation of that. So whereas possibly not solely lacking, I’ve to depend that fourth nice grandfather slot as a person gap as nicely. And we don’t know who Jesse’s spouse’s dad and mom had been both, in order that leaves one other fourth nice grandfather slot vacant.

So… 9 on the paternal facet, eight on the maternal facet.

Seventeen “man holes” in all.


A genealogist’s work is rarely accomplished.

Cite/hyperlink to this put up: Judy G. Russell, “The person holes,” The Authorized Genealogist ( : posted 19 June 2022).


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