October 2015

Have you visited your State Archives? If you haven’t, you are missing a valuable resource for records concerning your ancestor.

The Indiana State Archives is in Indianapolis. The archives has a wonderful website, where some of the records are digital versions and searchable. Also, one can contact the archives with questions concerning your ancestor. They may even be able to copy records for you and either mail them or email them to you. I have contacted the Indiana archives with many questions, and they have always been very helpful. I have also visited there, and the archivists are very knowledgeable and helpful.



I have been continuing my Bringe research!

I decided to research the brother of Albert, Ernest H. Bringe.

As shown previously, Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe and his wife, Marie Hahn Bringe, arrived in the U. S. with his children Joh., Friedr. Ernst, Carl, Anna, Martin, and Albert, on the ship Moravia, on 14 November 1884 from Germany.

As has been shown in previous posts, Friedrick and Marie (Hahn) had the following children: Frederich C. (born 1873), Anna Maria (born 6 September 1878), Martin Friedrich Wilhelm (born 20 October 1880), Ernest H. (born 22 December 1875), Carl Friederich (born 6 September 1878), and Albert Henry (born 2 June 1883).

I discovered an obituary for Ernest Bringe in the Warren (Indiana) Weekly News on 26 December 1901. This is at transcription of the article:

“Death of Ernest Bringe.
The startling and sad news was received at Warren yesterday morning that Ernest Bringe had died in a hospital at Grand Crossing, Colorado, of typhoid fever. Mr. Bringe and Frank Ray went to the Wyoming oil field last September, and were engaged there drilling oil wells. The message stated that Bringe’s remains would be shipped to his home near Toledo.
The deceased was well-known in Warren having been employed in the oil field the past three or four years. He was a model of physical strength and young manhood, quiet, peaceable, and well liked by all who knew him.”

Upon finding the obituary, I decided to try to find a death record for him in Colorado. First, I tried to find the town of Grand Crossing. I discovered that there had never been a town by this name! However, there were some possibilities of what the town was really called – Grand Valley or Grand Junction.

I happened to be traveling through Colorado in September of this year, so I stopped in at the Parachute (current name – was Grand Valley) Branch Library of the Garfield County Libraries – gcpld.org. The librarians were most helpful! I read several books about oil drilling in the county of Garfield. However, I discovered that the biggest employer at the time when Ernest would have died was the mining companies. The librarian told me how to find a death record for Ernest in Garfield County, so off to Glenwood Springs to the clerk’s office. They were very helpful here! Unfortunately, there was no record of Ernest dying in Garfield County. (Keep in mind that deaths were not officially registered in Colorado until about 1908). Even though I did not find his death record, it was good to travel through the probable area of his death – there were many oil wells in this area.

Upon returning home, I decided to send a request for a death certificate to the Mesa County Health Department – county of Grand Junction. I received the same reply – no death record found.

Then, a colleague of mine, searched for the death record as well. And, one was found! It was found in the “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001” on familysearch.org. In the record, it is stated that Earnest A. Bringe died 24 December 1901 in Grand Junct., Colorado, at the age of 26. His burial-place was listed as Martin, Ohio.

Mystery solved!


Have you ever noticed “boarders” with your ancestors in a census record?

Do you know whether or not the boarders were relatives of your ancestor? Maybe they were relatives that moved to the area and did not as yet have a house of their own. Maybe they were “taken in” when one of their parent’s died. Maybe they were children from a previous marriage.

Don’t assume that a boarder was not related to your ancestor!


The National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair (archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/) is being held Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Oct. 21-22.

The “fair” will be broadcasted live on YouTube. The presenters are all experts from the National Archives. Since the lectures will be live, one can present their questions to the experts! However, if you cannot watch the live broadcast, one can watch the taped sessions to watch later. The handouts and session descriptions are all on the website.

Check out the website for more information!


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