Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings has given us this Saturday Night Genealogy Fun assignment:
1) What genealogy fun have you had this week? What is your genealogy highlight of the week? It could be attending the NGS conference, it could be finding a new ancestor, or it could be reading a new genealogy book, or anything else that you have enjoyed.
2) Tell us about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a Google Plus or Facebook post.
The highlight of my week is the information I received on Thursday and Friday on my Meisberger family from Roland Geiger, St. Wendel, Saarland, Germany. This information knocked down several brick walls; but, first, some background is needed
My 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald [Theobold] Meisberger was born in Prussia about 1837. In the 1860 US census, he is married and in his own household in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Another Meisberger family headed by Michael Meisberger [Sr.] lives in the same township not too far away.
Michael Meisberger, [Sr.] was naturalized in 1858 and he arrived here in 1853 from Prussia. His papers do not specify a departing location or exact arrival date. His Declaration of Intent was filed in 1855 and you needed to be here for two years to file that document and a total of five years to final petition.
Theobald Meisberger emigrated from Prussia departing the Havre and arriving in New York on 23 June 1854. Michael Meisberger, [Jr.] emigrated from Prussia departing the Havre and arriving in New York on 4 September 1854. Theobald and Michael, [Jr.] were both naturalized on the same day in August 1860. Michael Meisberger, [Sr.] was their witness. All signatures were original.
On FOLD3, I found that Michael Meisberger, [Jr.] served in the US Civil War. When I attended NIGR this past summer, I obtained his pension file. One of the documents states that he was born 3 miles north of and baptized in Ottweiler, Rhenish Prussia, which today would be Ottweiler, Saarland, Germany. I looked up Ottweiler on a map and saw that it was very near St. Wendel. I remembered that Roland, who is an APG member and participates on our mailing list, lives in St. Wendel; so I engaged him to do some research for me on this family.
Thursday, I received my first email, which contained a complete family group sheet on Michael Meisberger, [Sr.] and his entire family. It also included civil birth registration images for each of his children. What a genea-moment!
This information proves that Theobold Meisberger is the eldest son of Michael Meisberger and Margarethe Bettinger as I had suspected; that his sister, Effee’s first name is either Elizabeth or Eva (I now have an extra sister to figure out) and that all the children were born in Steinbach, now a suburb of Ottweiler. So I now have an official birth date and place of birth for my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobold.
Friday, I received another email that contained the civil marriage record for Michael Meisberger and Margarethe Bettinger in 1837. I also received a descendants report from the oldest known Meisberger (abt.1680) forward. OMG, I didn’t have anyone in my database earlier than 1818 before this. It will take me a long time to enter all this data. Now I have to learn to read Old German to transcribe these records.
I wish to thank Roland for giving me my family. Oh, and I gained a cousin as it turns out that Roland and I are 7th cousins. It really is a small world.