Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Where Do I Begin

Where do I begin to share the story of my journey in discovering my German heritage?

I have been researching my mother's side of the family history for several years. It has been a fun, and exciting journey of research and travel for me.

My problem is deciding how to organize it and share it in this blog.

It is my goal to document here my HAAS and GRIMM Family research with original documents and family photos. My friend Carsten Schermuly, who lives in Germany, and who can read the old style German Fraktur script, is translating documents for me that I have found on microfilm at my nearby Family History Center. My photos have been given to me by my mother. There are some photos that I will share that have been given to me by extended family members, too.

My journey with my German research began with stories from my Grandfather Julius George Haas whose father and mother both came from Baden, Germany. Johann Ludwig Haas immigrated from Neckarelz, Baden, Germany in 1882, and Mary Magdalena Bauer immigrated from Rosenberg, Baden, Germany about the same time as Great Grandfather Johann Ludwig Haas. The story goes that they were first cousins who met and married after both immigrated to America. My Great Grandfather came first and he is first documented in Harrison Co., Indiana where his Uncle Ferdinand Haas was living.

Mary Magdalena Bauer, whose father was Ferdinand Haas, immigrated to America to live with her father. She had her mother's maiden name as her father probably had not married her mother before she was born. I have not found a marriage document and children who were born out of wedlock were give the name their mother's maiden name.

This was the information that my Grandfather Julius Haas was able to remember to pass on to me. He did tell me that his Grandfather's name was Jakob. But, I was not able to know anything about that name until further research and a trip back to the Old Country to the village of their origination where there were baptismal and marriage records with family names on them. It is these records that confirm my German heritage.

I was able to find the village from a copy of the Naturalization document and a Citizenship Paper that my mother's cousin, Randle Lee Haas, sent to me. Randle Lee's father had given these documents to him.

The story will continue later...........


Becky Jamison said...

I want to follow this blog but your 'Followers' link is not active.

Carolyn said...

Becky, thanks, I hope the link is working now. Let me know if it still doesn't work for you. I clicked on it to follow it and it worked for me.
I must get busy and update.
Tonight I'm trying to back them up before something happens to them and I lose them. That would be sad.

Terri said...

There is another possibilty on the married name of your Grandmother Haas - It was customary to take the name of the house and not necessarily the husband's name. In other words if a man married a woman who had property he would take her last name changing his. So some of the records can be very difficult to follow because of this.

Andrea Christman said...

I wonder if you have any Haas folks in Medina County, Texas (near San Antonio)? While I don't have any Haas families in my lines, the name is very familiar to me! I enjoy reading about Germans to Texas stories because I have a lot of that in my family :-)

Dave said...

I'm trying to locate the origin and information for Joseph Haas of Baden W├╝rttemberg, Germany. He was born in about 1824 and had a wife named Rosa or Rosina. If you have seen anything like these names together or anything close please let me know. There were too many Joseph Haas names in the ship lists to even narrow to his immigration date.

A rootdigger said...

I want to follow and did, I think. I am interested in your surname Hass and can't wait until you tell us where he settled.
Good luck with our beginning.