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Krueger Family Naturalization Records – Lincoln County, WI

Lincoln County Naturalization Index – Declarations of Intent

Index to Citizenship: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L936-DQQW?i=57&wc=M565-924%3A350574001%2C350629501&cc=2046887

Ferdinand Krueger, Vol 1. p 21, Nr. 42. 25 Mar 1879
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8936-DQD5?i=13&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“Ferdinand Krueger, born in Germany in 1826, landed in NY in July 1857.”
No other info available from index.
Note: Married Wilhelmine Louise Kleinschmidt (1835-1882). Settled in town of Berlin, first, then in Corning, Lincoln, Wisconsin. Arrived on board the Wieland 7 Jul 1857.

Hermann Krueger, Vol 1. Nr. 79, 2 Nov 1880
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L936-D3TC?i=23&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“Hermann Krueger, born in Prussia in 1854, landed in NY in November 1876.”
Note: Possibly son of Heinrich Krüger and Johanna Zimmermann, married 21 Sept 1901 in Corning to Annie Kudick, daughter of August Kudick and Minna Zastrow.

Henry Krueger, Vol 1. p68. Nr. 134, 4 Nov 1882. (p38 on FamilySearch)
Declaration of Intention
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G936-DQVF?i=37&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“Henry Krueger, born in Germany in 1858, landed in NY in June 1881.”
Note: Son of Wilhelm Krüger and Caroline Hoge.

August Krueger, Vol 1. p 114, Nr. 225. 24 Mar 1884
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G936-DQN1?i=61&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“August Krueger, born in Germany in 1847, landed in NY in April 1882.”
Petition date of filing: Jan 11, 1892, Vol 1, Nr.253
Petition date of hearing: Jan 11, 1892, Vol 1, Nr. 253
Certificate of citizenship date of order: Jan 11, 1892, Vol 1, Nr. 253
Certificate of citizenship date of issue:Jan 11, 1892, Vol 1, Nr. 253

Charles Krueger, Vol 1. p 244, Nr. 482, 3 Nov 1884
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G936-DQNQ?i=128&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“Charles Krueger, born in Germany in 1855, landed in NY in May 1883.”
Petition date of filing: 19 Sept 1894, Vol 1, Nr. 353
Petition date of hearing: 19 Sept 1894, Vol 1, Nr. 353
Certificate of citizenship date of order: 19 Sept 1894, Vol 1, Nr. 353
Certificate of citizenship date of issue: 19 Sept 1894, Vol 1, Nr. 352

Hermann Krueger, Vol 1. p 280, Nr. 554, 1 Nov 1886
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8936-DQ9B?i=146&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“Hermann Krueger, born in Germany 1865, landed in NY in May 1882.”
Petition date of filing: 13 Jul 1898, Vol 1, p 450, Nr. 449
Petition date of hearing: 13 Jul 1898, Vol 1, Nr. 450
Certificate of citizenship date of order: 13 Jul 1898
Certificate of citizenship date of issue: 13 Jul 1898, Vol 1, Nr. 449
Note: Son of August Krueger and Caroline Albertine Wilhelmine Milläger.

William Krueger, Vol 1. p 334, Nr. 657, 12 Oct 1888
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-9936-DCK?i=173&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“William Krueger, born in Germany 1846, landed in NY in Sept 1872.”
No other information given.

Frank Krueger, Vol 1. Nr. 665, 17 Oct 1888
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G936-DQ8X?i=175&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“Frank Krueger born in Germany in 1853, landed in Baltimore in Sept 1887.”
No other information given.
Note: Franz Krueger, son of Ferdinand and Johanna Krueger.

Hermann Krueger, Vol 1. p 351, Nr. 690, 19 Oct 1888
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L936-D3KZ?i=181&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“Hermann Krueger, born in Germany in 1859, arrived in NY in June 1886”.
Petition date of filing: 22 Sept 1906, Vol 3, p 180, Nr. 899
Petition date of hearing: 22 Sept 1906, Vol 3, p 180
Certificate of citizenship date of order: 22 Sept 1906
Certificate of citizenship date of issue: 22 Sept 1906, Nr. 899

Heinrich Krueger, Vol 1. Nr. 692, 19 Oct 1888
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G936-DQXH?i=182&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“Heinrich Krueger, born in Germany in 1856, arrived in NY in Jun 1887.”

Carl Krueger, Vol 1. Nr. 794, 1 Nov 1888
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L936-D3V6?i=208&wc=M565-92S%3A350574001%2C350632301&cc=2046887
“Carl Krueger, born in Germany 1854, arrived in NY in April 1885”.

Gustav Krueger, Vol 2. Nr. 1320, 31 Mar 1893
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8936-DWPM?i=83&wc=M56K-162%3A350574001%2C350646701&cc=2046887
“Gustav Krueger, born in Germany in 1864, arrived in Baltimore in May 1885.”

John E. Krueger, Vol 2. Nr. 1444, 2 Apr 1894
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G936-DWF7?i=114&wc=M56K-162%3A350574001%2C350646701&cc=2046887
“John E. Krueger, born in Germany 1870, arrived in NY on May 1887.”

William A. Krueger, Vol 2. Nr. 1847, 22 Aug 1898
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L936-D78W?i=216&wc=M56K-162%3A350574001%2C350646701&cc=2046887
“William A Krueger, born in Germany in 1867, arrived in NY in May 1882.”

Charles Krueger, Vol 2. Nr. 1956, 6 Nov 1900
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L93D-99M6-D?i=244&wc=M56K-162%3A350574001%2C350646701&cc=2046887
“Charles Krueger, born in Germany in 1877, arrived in NY in July 1894.”

John Krueger, Vol 3. Nr. 1998, 28 Oct 1902
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L93D-99M8-T?i=3&wc=M56K-YWB%3A350574001%2C350652801&cc=2046887
“John Krueger, born in Germany in 1880, arrived in NY in May of 1899.”

Hermann Krueger, Vol 3. Nr. 2413, 23 Sept 1906
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-893D-917D?i=109&wc=M56K-YWB%3A350574001%2C350652801&cc=2046887
“Hermann Krueger, born in Germany in 1881, arrived in NY in Jun of 1886.”

Charles F Krueger, Vol 3. Nr. 2425, 25 Sept 1906
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-893D-91Q8?i=112&wc=M56K-YWB%3A350574001%2C350652801&cc=2046887
“Charles F. Krueger, born in Germany in 1885, arrived in Boston in August 1887.”

 

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Krueger Naturalization Records – Marathon County, WI

Naturalization records for the name Krueger/Krüger pulled from the Marathon County repositories.  I’ve added some information and links to many of these based on the various records mentioned in the index.

 

Index entries (p58-86):
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L93H-YZWM?i=57&wc=M5D2-K6X%3A350578101%2C350709301&cc=2046887

===== p58

3) Charles Krueger
Born: Prussia
Intention Filing: n/a
Petition Filing: 10 Mar 1863
Date of Hearing: 10 Mar 1863, Vol A, p 27.
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 10 Mar 1863
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 10 Mar 1863

9) Friedrich Krueger
Born: Prussia
Intention Filing: n/a
Petition Filing: 17 Aug 1869
Date of Hearing: 17 Aug 1869, Vol A, p 77.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L93Z-85V7?i=50&wc=M5DB-7MQ%3A350578101%2C350926801&cc=2046887
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 17 Aug 1869
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 17 Aug 1869

11) Hermann Krueger
Born: Prussia
Intention Filing: n/a
Petition Filing: 17 Aug 1869
Date of Hearing: 17 Aug 1869, Vol A, p 83.
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 17 Aug 1869
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 17 Aug 1869

18) Ferdinand Krueger
Born: Prussia
Intention Filing: n/a
Petition Filing: 16 Aug 1870
Date of Hearing: 16 Aug 1870, Vol A, p 161.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L93Z-857C?i=4&wc=M5DB-MNB%3A350578101%2C350928101&cc=2046887
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 16 Aug 1870
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 16 Aug 1870

9) August Krueger
Intention Filing: n/a (index card says 1 Nov 1865, Marathon Co.)
Born: Prussia
Petition Filing: 23 Aug 1871
Date of Hearing: 23 Aug 1871, Vol A, p 170.
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 23 Aug 1871
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 23 Aug 1871

43) Carl Krueger
Born: Germany
Intention Filing: n/a (index card says 3 Nov 1874, Marathon Co.)
Petition Filing: 14 Apr 1880
Date of Hearing: 14 Apr 1880, Vol A, p 386.
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 14 Apr 1880
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 14 Apr 1880

===== p59

13) Wilhelm Krueger
Born: Germany
Intention Filing: 31 Oct 1870, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 14 Nov 1887
Date of Hearing: 14 Nov 1887, Vol B, p 103.
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 14 Nov 1887
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 14 Nov 1887, Nr. 614

15) John Krueger
Intention Filing: 31 Oct 1870, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 2 Dec 1887
Date of Hearing: 2 Dec 1887, Vol A (index says B), p 113.
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 2 Dec 1887
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 2 Dec 1887, Nr. 634

18) August Krueger
Intention Filing: 5 Nov 1870, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 24 Mar 1888
Date of Hearing: 24 Mar 1888, Vol B, p 122.
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 24 Mar 1888
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 24 Mar 1888. Nr. 653

44) B. Krueger
Intention Filing: 6 Nov 1876, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 24 May 1891
Date of Hearing: 24 May 1891, Vol B, p 316.
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 24 May 1891
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 24 May 1891, Nr. 1041

45) Charles Krueger
Born: Germany
Intention Filing: 28 Nov 1892, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 28 Nov 1892
Date of Hearing: 28 Nov 1892, Vol B, p 333.
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 28 Nov 1892
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 28 Nov 1892, Nr. 1074

===== p60

14) Hermann August Krueger (b 1842)
Born: Germany
Arrival: 1862, Detroit, MI
Intention Filing: 7 Apr 1868, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 12 Nov 1895, Vol C, p 71
Date of Hearing: 12 Nov 1895, Vol B, p413
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 12 Nov 1895
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 12 Nov 1895, Nr. 1234

16) Jacob Krueger (b 1855)
Born: Germany
Arrival: Jun 1881, New York, NY
Intention Filing: 27 Oct 1884, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 5 May 1896, Vol C, p85
Date of Hearing: 5 May 1896, Vol B, p420
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 5 May 1896
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 5 May 1896, Nr. 1249

18) Bernhard J Krueger (b 1865)
Born: Germany
Intention Filing: 16 Jun 1896, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 16 Jun 1896, Vol C, 94
Date of Hearing: 16 Jun 1896, Vol B, p425
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 16 Jun 1896
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 16 Jun 1896, Nr. 1258

===== p61

34) Wilhelm Krueger (b 1861)
Born: Germany
Intention Filing: 19 Oct 1888, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 12 Jul 1906, Vol 1, 205
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-893Z-DQR9?i=122&wc=M56M-FMW%3A350578101%2C350951301&cc=2046887
Date of Hearing: 12 Jul 1906, Vol 1X, p239
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93Z-FJP3?i=158&wc=M566-16J%3A350578101%2C350942701&cc=2046887
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 12 Jul 1906
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 12 Jul 1906
Note: Seems to be Wilhelm Friedrich Krueger, born Nov 1860.
Immigration in 1888.
Wife Margaretha Scherz.
Children: Otto W G Krueger & Emma Louise Bertha Krueger.

35) William H Krueger (b 1864)
Born: Germany
Intention Filing: 3 Nov 1900, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 13 Jul 1906, Vol 1, 210
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93Z-D7X2?i=125&wc=M56M-FMW%3A350578101%2C350951301&cc=2046887
Date of Hearing: 13 Jul 1906, Vol 1X, p244
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-893Z-FF8L?i=168&wc=M566-16J%3A350578101%2C350942701&cc=2046887
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 13 Jul 1906
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 13 Jul 1906

36) Carl B(ertold) Krueger (1864)
Born: Germany
Intention Filing: 1 Nov 1886, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 13 Jul 1906, Vol 1, 220
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-893Z-DQ25?i=130&wc=M56M-FMW%3A350578101%2C350951301&cc=2046887
Date of Hearing: 13 Jul 1906, Vol 1X, p254
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L93Z-FFN2?i=185&wc=M566-16J%3A350578101%2C350942701&cc=2046887
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 13 Jul 1906
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 13 Jul 1906
Card: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L93C-87QP?i=2001&wc=M5DP-T32%3A350578101%2C350714701&cc=2046887

43) Carl Krueger (Age 43, b 1863)
Intention Filing: 4 Apr 1892, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 28 Jul 1906, Vol 1, 330
Date of Hearing: 28 Jul 1906, Vol 1X, p379
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 28 Jul 1906
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 28 Jul 1906

===== p62

none

===== p63

none

===== p64

1) Johann Krüger (b 1874)
Born: Germany
Intention Filing: 31 Oct 1898, Marathon County, WI
Petition Filing: 25 Sept 1906, Vol 3, 343
Date of Hearing: 25 Sept 1906, Vol 2X, p393
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 25 Sept 1906
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 25 Sept 1906

14) Henry Krueger (Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Krüger, b 1858)
Born: Germany
Arrival: Jun 1881, New York, NY
Intention Filing: 4 Nov 1882, Lincoln County, WI
Petition Filing: 26 Sept 1906, Vol 3, p445
Date of Hearing: 26 Sept 1906, Vol 2X, p463
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 26 Sept 1906
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 26 Sept 1906
Witnesses: W. J. Gehrke, Frank Genrich

35) Hermann Krueger Jr. (b 26 Mar 1878)
Born: Germany
Arrival: May 1881, New York, NY
Address: Wausau, Wisconsin
Intention Filing: 2 Nov 1908, Marathon County, WI, Vol 2, p71
Petition Filing: 9 May 1911, Vol 2, p71, No. 221
Date of Hearing: 9 May 1911
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 9 May 1911
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 9 May 1911, No. 207859

===== p65

3) William Friedrich Krueger
Intention Filing: “Dismissed 1 Dec 1913, filed under section 3 of Act of Congress 25 Jun 1910.”
Petition Filing: 21 Oct 1912, Vol 4, p31, No. 380
Date of Hearing: 12 May 1913
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: n/a
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: n/a

===== p82 (Continued “K” after “M”)

8) August Friedrich Krueger (b 26 Nov 1863)
Intention Filing: 6 Oct 1888, Marathon County, WI
Born: Germany
Address: R. 2, Box 85, Wausau, WI
Arrival: 25 May 1884, New York, NY
Petition Filing: 7 Dec 1917, Vol 9, p90, No. 939
Date of Hearing: 30 Dec 1918
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 30 Dec 1918
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 30 Dec 1918, No. 829648

13) Ferdinand John Krueger (b 13 Sept 1875)
Born: Germany
Address: 1711 Third Street, Wausau, WI
Arrival: 2 Nov 1882, New York, NY
Intention Filing: “Sec. 4, Sub 11. Act of Congress Amended 9 May 1918”
Petition Filing: 31 Jan 1918, Vol 10, p15, No. 964
Date of Hearing: 29 Nov 1919
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 29 Nov 1919
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 29 Nov 1919, No. 1140860

14) Otto Christian Krueger (b 31 Oct 1874)
Born: Germany
Arrival: 2 Nov 1882, New York
Address: 1510 Third St., Wausau, WI
Intention Filing: “Sec 4, Sub 11, Act of Congress Amended 9 May 1918”
Petition Filing: 2 Feb 1918, Vol 10, p17, No. 996
Date of Hearing: 29 Nov 1919
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 29 Nov 1919
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 29 Nov 1919, No. 1140860 (card says 1140861)
Witnesses: Gustav Neitzke, 520 Chicago Ave, Wausau, Charles C. Krueger, 519 10th St, Wausau.

===== p83

3) Karl Krueger (b 30 Apr 1856)
Born: Germany
Arrival: Jul 1880, New York, NY
Address: Rt. 3, Athens, WI
Intention Filing: 6 May 1919, Nr. 1420, Marathon, WI
Petition Filing: 27 Jul 1921, Vol 13, p80, No. 1479
Date of Hearing: 19 Nov 1921
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 19 Nov 1921
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 19 Nov 1921, No. 1576588

14) John Krueger (b 21 May 1880)
Born: Germany
Arrival: 1 May 1899, New York, NY
Address: Wausau, WI
Intention Filing: 26 May 1919, Nr. 1431, Marathon, WI
Petition Filing: 21 Apr 1922, Vol 14, p60, No. 1559
Date of Hearing: 9 Sept 1922
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 9 Sept 1922
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 9 Sept 1922, No. 1735710

15) Henry Krueger (b 17 Dec 1851)
Born: Germany
Arrival: 4 Jul 1864, Detroit, MI
Address: Route 4, Edgar, WIs
Intention Filing: 16 Mar 1920, Nr. 1552, Marathon, WI
Petition Filing: 10 May 1922, Vol 16 (index says 14), p66, No. 1565
Date of Hearing: 9 Sept 1922
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 9 Sept 1922
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 9 Sept 1922, No. 1735731

===== p84
none

===== p85

24) Anna Krueger (b 1905)
Intention Filing: “Omitted and filed under Sec 2 Act 22 Sept 1922”
Address: 1324 9th Ave. S., Wausau, WI
Petition Filing: 24 May 1939, Vol 27, No. 2549
Date of Hearing: 14 Sept 1939
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 14 Sept 1939
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 14 Sept 1939, No. 4490887

===== p86

1) Edward Krueger (b 1872)
Residence: Athens, Wisconsin
Intention Filing: 27 Sept 1939, Nr. 2588, Marathon, WI
Petition Filing: 17 Oct 1941, Vol 32, Nr. 2837
Date of Hearing: 4 Jun 1942
Certificate of Citizenship, date of order: 4 Jun 1942
Certificate of Citizenship, date of Issue: 4 Jun 1942, No. 5413754
Registration Receipt Card: Nr. 2601306

===== Other

Elizabeth Krueger (b 21 Sept 1908)
Date of admission: 1 Dec 1958
Certificate Issued: 1 Dec 1958, Wausau, WI
Petition Nr: 3243
Alien Registration Nr: a 10 453 631


Ancestry.com DNA Testing

For Christmas this year, I decided that I wanted to get my mother and father DNA-tested through Ancestry.com.  While it’s true that my family tree is extremely well-elucidated and researched, there are still pockets where certain things are unclear.  For example, I only know back to my 3x great-grandparents on my Krueger side (due to records from Pomerania being difficult to find and the common nature of the family name), so if we matched someone in the world who had Krueger ancestors it would indicate a link between those families despite the absence of documentation.  Similar situations are present for many of the Irish lines of my family due to the scarcity of records from Ireland.

So at Christmas this year my mother spit into a test-tube and sent off an envelope to be analyzed.   Yesterday we got the results back.

My mother’s DNA matched at least 20 people “closely” (5th cousins or better).  I’ll have to investigate each one!

It showed that she has 19% DNA from Scandanavia (that would be the Norwegian side, Hanson and Olson), 32% “Europe East”, which would be the Prussian stuff (Krueger, Hoge, Schmidt, Zierke, Schulz, Winkelmann).  Then 38% from “Great Britain”.  I assume this is the Irish from the Mullins, Hammond, and all the British stuff from the Curtis side of my family.  Then there’s 9% of the DNA marked “Other”.

I have no idea how much confidence to give these results.  I know from my research that my mother’s grandparents break down as follows:

Oscar Krueger: 100% Prussian
Edith Curtis: 50% Irish and 50% English
Olga Hanson: 100% Norwegian
Edwin Schmidt: 100% Prussian

So my maternal grandfather was 50% Prussian, 25% Irish, 25% English, and my maternal grandmother was 50% Norwegian and 50% Prussian.  That makes my mother 50% Prussian, 25% Irish/English, and 25% Norwegian.  The DNA results have much more “Great Britain” than predicted.  No idea what that means.

On the Schmidt side of my mother’s family there was a family rumor that someone in the family brought back and married a “Mongolian Princess”.  Interestingly, my mother’s DNA shows 2% of her genetics are from “Asia Central” which is the area around Turkmenistan and Northern Iran.  Very interesting!

Here’s the full breakdown of her results:

Great Britain 38%
Europe East 32%
Scandinavia 19%
Ireland 4%
Europe West 4%
Asia Central 2%
Finland/Northwest Russia 1%

As time goes on and other people are tested, we can see if more matches are found.


Town of Maine / Town of Berlin Wedding Photos

A couple Summers ago I was fortunate enough to get to spend the afternoon with Jim and Marlene Strehlow, who, along with Jim’s late siblings Virgil and Marilyn Strehlow, have been the keepers of a vast and detailed family history for the Strehlow, Christian, Voigt, and Genrich families from the Town of Maine in Marathon County, Wisconsin.

Among the treasures that are curated by the Strehlow family are several group photos taken at weddings in the Towns of Berlin and Maine.  I have long entertained fantasies of somehow identifying all the people in these photos; there are certainly some people who are seen in more than one of them.  I’m afraid, however, that the people who could have identified most of them likely passed away about thirty years ago.  My hope now is that individual descendants might be able to identify specific people based on family photos they would have.  So, out into the world they go… time for some “crowd-sourcing”!

[All of these photos can be downloaded or enlarged by clicking on them.]

I’ve posted this photo previously.  It shows the wedding of Albert Garske and Ella Baumann taken on Oct 4, 1919 at the Baumann homestead in the Town of Berlin, located at 14656 Berlin Lane, Merrill, WI 54452.  Only four people are identified in this photo (see previous article).

GarskeBaumannWedding1919

The next four photos are from the marriage of Rhienhard Carl Julius Christian (1881-1963) and Ella Neitzke (1890-1940) in the Town of Berlin, Wisconsin, on 20 Nov 1913.  There are a few people besides the bride and groom that I recognize.  In the back row right, just to the right of the pole and wearing a hat and a stylish mustache, is my great-great-grand-uncle Carl Bertold Krueger.  His daughter Helen Krueger is three people to the left of the bride, wearing an apron.  There are two ushers kneeling in the front holding bottles of brandy.  The one on the left is Carl’s son Wilhelm “William” Krueger.  The other thing I noticed is that the band in this photo (lower left) are all the same men as the band in the photo above (Garske/Baumann Wedding).

ChristianNeitzekeWedding

Another photo taken at the same occasion.  Carl Krueger is in the back again, this time holding a mug of beer!

ChristianNeitzkeWedding1913_2

One more from the same wedding.  Just the wedding party this time, I’m guessing.  William and Helen Krueger are present again.

ChristianNeitzkeWedding1913_4

This oddly somber and uncomfortable-looking photo is from the wedding dinner for the same Christian/Neitzke wedding as above.  The bride and groom are easy to spot, and behind them (between them) is Helen Krueger.  The other people, including those in the portraits on the wall, are unknown.

ChristianNeitzkeWedding1913_3

I have no information at all about these next two photos, except that both show the same wedding.  They were clearly taken around the same time at the others, so between 1910 and 1920.  I’m guessing a careful analysis would show some people in these photos are also in one of pictures above.

TownOfMaineWedding2

The second one is much less formal, and the women are wearing their stylish hats.

TownOfMaineWedding1

Again, if anyone knows more about these photos or any of the people in them, please contact me!


Grace Lutheran Congregation Photo – c1900

I first saw this photo hanging on the wall of Grace Lutheran Church in the Town of Maine, Wisconsin at some point in 2012.  The pastor for Grace, Nate Biebert, is a devoted and passionate historian who has spent a great deal of his time investigating the history of the church he currently leads.  We had discussed this photo on several occasions, and he was generous enough to find the time to scan it for me at a very high resolution.

The photo, taken about 1900, shows Grace in the background with her congregation gathered in front.  The photo is not quite clear enough to easily identify individual people, but I’ve included five detail photos showing the attendees.

The full photo

The full photo

Photo 1

Detail Photo 1

Photo 2

Detail Photo 2

Photo 3

Detail Photo 3

Photo 4

Detail Photo 4

Photo 5

Detail Photo 5

There are 89 people in the photo.  Everyone is very well dressed.  You can see that all the boys are wearing suits… there are even two boys from a family with what look to be matching “tuxedo-style” ruffled shirts [detail photo 4].  Several have matching hats.  One family of girls all have matching parasols [detail photos 2 and 3].  Many are wearing gloves and/or cloaks [detail photo 2].  Most of the older women are wearing what would have been very trendy gaudy hats [detail photos 3 and 4].  Not one single person in the photo has a bare head.  Everyone is wearing a hat.  So it seems to me that either a) everyone always wore their very best matching suits to church on Sunday or b) everyone knew the photographer would be coming by that day.

The latter seems much more likely.  It does not seem impromptu at all.  The position of the pastor above his “flock” [detail photo 2], the man with the wagon [detail photo 1], the bicycle [see below]… another prized possession of someone.. it seems to have been very new considering the model and the year of the photo, the matching outfits, stylish new hats, etc.  All point to an arranged photo session that day.

Bicycle

Bicycle

[If someone can tell me more about the make/model of this bicycle based on the photo, feel free to contact me directly.]

So here are the individual faces.  All 89 of them.  They are listed pretty strictly from left to right.  If, for some reason, you are able to identify any of these people, please get in touch and let me know.  So far only two are identified.

Faces 1-50

Faces 1-50

Of these people, I have a feeling that #25 may be my great-great-grandfather, Heinrich Krueger.  I’m hoping my cousin Lisa will be able to locate a copy of a photo she has taken about this time-frame which could confirm his identity.  Pastor Beibert and I believe that #17 is likely Pastor John Rien, who was the Grace pastor from 1895 to 1903.  That narrows down the year of the photo pretty well, confirming our belief that the photo was taken about 1900.

Pastor John Rein

Pastor John Rien

Here is the second set of faces:

Faces 51-89

Faces 51-89

Of these the only one I know for sure at this point is #83, who is my great-great-grand-uncle Carl Bertold Krueger.

Carl Krueger

Carl Krueger


Baptism Record for Edmund Krueger (1902-1995)

One of the frustrating and exciting things about genealogy is that you can revisit the same information over and over again, sometimes years later, and find things that you didn’t see before.  As you learn more and more about your family history, names that didn’t mean anything to you at one point will jump out at you as very important later.  This happened to me tonight.

This is the baptism certificate for my great-grand-uncle, Edmund Karl Franz “Eddie” Krueger, who was born on 12 Jul 1902 in Wausau, Wisconsin and was baptized at St. Stephens in Wausau on 31 Aug 1902.

Edmund Krueger Baptism,1902

Edmund Krueger Baptism,1902

The document says:

Werda glauben getauft wird der wird selig werden (Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved), Mark 16:16.

Taufschein (Baptismal Certificate)

Edmund Karl Franz Krueger, born 12th July, 1902, son of Heinrich Krueger and his wife Bertha née Kamrath, on the 31st August, 1902, in Wausau, Wisconsin, has been baptized in the name of the holy trinity.

Godparents: Karl Tisch, Franz Christian, Anna Krueger

F. Werhahan, Pastor.

“And he lay his hands on them and blessed them”, Mark 10:16

St. Stephens Evangelical Church, Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Ed and sister Norma Krueger, 1904

Ed and sister Norma Krueger, 1904

Eddie Krueger

Eddie Krueger 1919

Ed Krueger & Laura Hanke, 1924

Ed Krueger & Laura Hanke, 1924

I know much more about Prussian christenings than I did when I got this baptism record from my cousins Tom and Virginia Krueger about two years ago.  The family didn’t just pick anyone to be a godparent.  Often two adults and one young woman were chosen, and they were usually related to the family, either by blood or marriage.

“Franz Tisch” was Franz Joseph “Frank” Tisch (b 1863) who was the brother of the husband of Bertha Kamrath’s sister Helene Kamrath.  Helene was married to Joseph Tisch, and Franz was Joseph’s brother.

Johann Tisch & Helene Kamrath, wedding portrait

Johann Tisch & Helene Kamrath, wedding portrait

“Karl Christian” was Carl “Charles” Christian (b 1860) who would eventually be related to the family three different ways.  At the time of Eddie’s birth, however, he may have been only a close friend of the family.  The next Spring Carl’s son Anton Christian would marry Bertha Kamrath’s niece Annie Wymer.  Annie was the daughter of Bertha’s full sister Auguste Kamrath Wymer Otremba.  Annie and Anton were married in April of 1903.  Carl Christian was also the uncle of Anna Krueger’s eventual husband Carl Friedrich Daniel “Charley” Christian.  They were married in 1907.  The Christian family also became related to Bertha Strehlow’s family later when Arwin Strehlow married Angela Christian in 1929.

“Anna Krueger” was Anna Marta Auguste Krueger (1887 – 1981), Heinrich Krueger’s niece.  She was the daughter of Heinrich’s brother Carl Bertold Krueger and his wife Bertha Strehlow.  In 1907 Anna would marry Charley Christian, as stated above.  She was only 15 at the time of Edmund’s Christening.

Anna Krueger Christian

Anna Krueger Christian

Anna, Bertha (Strehlow), Helena, Walter, Carl, and William Krueger (l to r) c1925

Anna, Bertha (Strehlow), Helena, Walter, Carl, and William Krueger (l to r) c1925


Let There Be Color

Recently someone on Facebook posted a link to a series of historic black & white photographs which had been realistically colored using computer software.  You can visit the article here:

http://twentytwowords.com/2013/11/06/realistically-colorized-historical-photos-make-the-past-seem-incredibly-real-36-pictures/

I was surprised by my reaction to the photographs.  They seemed to come alive for me emotionally in a way that I didn’t expect.  As moving and artistic and full of “vintage charm” as black and white or sepia-toned photographs can be – and believe me, I love old photographs – seeing the past colorized in this realistic way made the captured events seem visceral… tangible… in a way they had never seemed to me.

I looked around on the web to find someone who did this kind of work.  What I really wanted was to see some of my favorite family photographs redone in this way.  To bring them from the distant past to the present, emotionally.  I found a web site called scancafe.com which did a great job scanning some old family slides for me.  I sent them a few photos to colorize, and I think they did an amazing job.

The first photo I had done was a photo of my great-great-grandparents, Heinrich and Bertha Krueger.  When I opened the file I was just as thrilled as I had hoped:

Heinrich & Bertha Krueger, c1895

Heinrich & Bertha Krueger, c1895

I made Bertha’s eyes green, because green eyes are a Krueger trait that many members of the family carried or carry, including my mother.  The first thing I did when I got the file was to blow it up until my grandparents faces were life-sized.  It felt like looking into the eyes of someone I knew.

The next photo I had done was a photo of Bertha when she was a younger woman.  This photo was probably taken about 1885, shortly after she came to America from Roggow, Pomerania, Prussia.  As much as I love this photo, she seems even more lovely with her green eyes and beautiful grey dress.

Bertha Kamrath Krueger, c1885

Bertha Kamrath Krueger, c1885

This next photo is another of my favorites.  It’s the photo of the Schmidt family taken in 1893 when they were reunited after the five sisters and their mother, Wilhelmine Winkelmann Schmidt, made the trip to America from their home town of Gornitz, Posen, Prussia.  The textures of the clothing are really remarkable.  I love how “real” the fabrics seem.

Schmidt Family, 1893

Schmidt Family, 1893

My great-great-grandfather Wilhelm Schmidt, c1908:

Wilhelm Schmidt c1908

Wilhelm Schmidt c1908