Have you found unexpected genealogical treasures?
Do you remember as a child when you pretended you were searching for treasure? I can imagine several ways that might have happened. Did you use a metal detector or just dig holes in the back yard? Did you ever find treasure?
I remember finding change in the grass when I was walking home from school more than once. Sometimes it was quite a bit. Once I found a $5 bill blowing by with no one around to return it to. (That’s fair, right?) (Of course, I also remember losing a $100 bill, so I’m not sure I’m ahead on this deal).
Well, I recently found (or was given) genealogical treasure. My brother had the opportunity to clean out at his house and brought me back a whole box of pictures from my mother’s genealogy research days. And-most of them are labeled! Windfall!
Warning: go through the drawers and bottom of boxes before giving it away.
I was the one that arranged for some of my parents stuff to be sent to my brother and apparently I missed the pictures in the china cabinet! What was I thinking?!
I thought I’d break it into two posts. In this post, I will share the treasures I found from my father’s side of the family.
First is a picture of John Kautz and his wife. The picture is labeled that he is an uncle to my grandfather, Fred J. Sayler (1886-1975). That would make him brother to my grandfather’s mother, Christina (Kautz) Sayler (1849-1936). I believe their father’s name is also John Kautz (1824- ). The label also includes that they immigrated in 1888 and ended up in Artas, South Dakota.
The second is a picture of my grandmother, Christina (Link) Sayler (1888-1963). She is in the top row on the right. To her left is her sister, Elizabeth (Link) Deutcher (1886-1964). In the middle row, on the left, is their brother, Christ Link (1877-1946), and in the front row on the right, is another brother, John Link (1899-1993). The baby in front is a child of Christ, and the woman in the middle on the right is possibly his wife. If so, she is Caroline (Trautman) Link (1884-1958), and the child may be their firstborn, Gottlieb, born about 1904.
What unexpected treasures have you found?
These are indeed treasures. What unexpected treasures have you found? Was it change in the grass? Or was it a genealogical find! Please share the treasures you’ve found.
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