08 March 2012
Thankful Thursday... German Research Prompts New Questions
It's good to be a genealogist these days. My cousin contacted a Lutheran church in Gillersheim, Hannover. He made inquiries regarding our Mack relatives and their friends, the Puseckers, who traveled together to Columbus, Ohio on the Anne Lange in Nov 1854.
He received a wonderful letter in response to his queries. A sweet woman spent about 7 hours looking through the Kirchenbuch for the church and seems to have pushed our family back a few generations and supplied names for a wife we had not previously known. I'm very thankful for this wonderful woman's efforts.
Here comes the challenge. How, oh how, do I document this information? And is the letter of a person willing to do research enough 'evidence' to include these new names on my family tree? She says she looked through the Kirchenbuch and found this information. Since I'm so unfamiliar with German Genealogy, I'm stumped. I really want to be excited and claim new relatives. On the other hand, I feel a desire to have 'proof.'
What do you think? What have your experience in these situations been? And, would you ask for further proof (i.e. copies of the books or photos) or would you let it accept it and celebrate the discoveries?