One of the biggest benefits of blogging about genealogy, and having a significant readership, is that readers have much more knowledge and experience in different record types than I do. I appeal to them once in awhile to help me out, and they always seem to come through.
That was the case this afternoon. I posted Need Help with German (?) Location asking for help finding where the town of Bühl was in Germany. It was in the Grand Duchy of Baden in 1858 when Ignatius Grieser's marriage record was recorded, which is now Baden-Wuerttemburg. Several readers commented on the blog post, Nick Gombash commented on Facebook and Taco Goulooze commented on Google Plus. What does that say about using social media to full advantage? I really appreciate all the help.
Nick Gombash, who writes Nick Gombash's Genealogy Blog, took some time to try to find other records for the Grieser family in Germany. He posted on Facebook:
I clicked on the link and saw:
It's in German, of course. I quickly installed Google Translate and it translated much of the text and buttons into English for me:
I had to do that for each page. I finally found the right links to click, and saw:
There were 350 digitized pages in the dropdown menu. Nick had told me to check out page 128, so I selected that from the dropdown menu:
The image for the page is at the bottom of the screen above. There is a Zoom dropdown list in the menu line, so I clicked on 100% and saw:
Page 128 has the image of the start of the 1835 birth records in Bühl. The record for the birth of Ignatius Griesser is the fourth item on the page. Nick was able to translate some of it for me. He thinks it says that Ignatius Griesser was born on 30 January 1835 at 5 o'clock in the afternoon to ????? Griesser and Anna Weissenberger (?). The German script is difficult to read. Nick is still working on the first name of the father of Ignatius. It is also the first name of the clerk (Mr. Zimmermann?) that recorded many of the entries in this book in the time period, so there are many examples to look at for clues.
How did Nick accomplish this? How did he find this particular record? Did he start in about 1830 and work his way through the book? Or did he start in about 1840 and work backwards in time? I don't know, but he found it in less than one hour after I posted my blog post. Is there an index available online? I don't think so. I hope he tells us about the search to find it.
I've enjoyed finding the record online, then trying to figure out what the names are. I used the German script table on the Smoot Family Association website - http://www.smoot-family.us/germanhand/ - to try to decipher the father's name.
Thank you so much to Nick Gombash for geneablogger research far above the hoped-for level. Genea-Musings readers and Geneabloggers are really the best!
My wife wondered what I did all afternoon, since I did none of the chores she had planned for me to perform. I told her at dinner that Nick Gombash had found the birth record of one of her second great-grandfathers. The conversation went like this:
"Who?" she asked.
"Ignatius Grieser" I said.
Me: "Your father's mother's grandfather."
She: "That's nice. Who's Nick? Do you know him?"
Me: "He's a geneablogger friend that I've never met. We owe him big-time."
She: "Great. Where does he live? When can we go?"
Me: "I don't know. Sometime."