by Bob Doerr
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
and I live in Missouri Ozarks.
In an immigration record, I found a hint that my immigrant great-grandfather was from Hessen.
I wrote to Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt for a check of the Auswanderer's Register. Properly, I told all that I knew, including the name of the lady whom he had married in St. Louis. Now it happens that her surname is rather common; I had no hope of finding her background.
But the reply was more about her than about him! They were from the same town, and, as I later learned, they immigrated together in a large group.
Submitted: Sat Apr 17 16:45:51 1999