Tying Up Loose Ends

Using the calendars in Family Tree Maker as a tickler file is helping tie up loose ends in my family history research.

On this date in 1900, Clara Antoinette Joehnk was born in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio. Her parents were John and Clara nee Biedinger. Clara Biedinger’s parents were Nicholas and Sophia nee Schmitt. This Schmitt connection makes Clara my 2nd cousin twice removed.

Information on her was pretty sparse in my tree, but seeing her on the calendar prompted me to click on the shaky leaf that appears when a clue is waiting in the wings. The leaf led me to the Ohio Death Index which gave Clara’s date and place of death as 14 Feb 1976 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio. She was listed in the index as a widow, so I know her husband Edward D. Weyrich predeceased her.

A search on Find A Grave resulted in a photo of the couple’s headstone in Vine St Hill Cemetery in Cincinnati. Armed with information from the headstone photo, I returned to the death index which provided Edward’s exact date (22 Jul 1972) and location of death (Cincinnati). Another green leaf led me to Edward’s World War I draft registration showing his middle name (David), and date and location (26 Jul 1897 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio) of birth.

It would be fun to follow this line, but should I? Remember, Clara is my 2nd cousin twice removedI was able to tie up several loose ends in my tree today and add new dates which will appear in future calendars.

I have many other pressing research questions to answer, so I’ll have to set the Biedinger/Weyrich family aside for now and return to pending mysteries in my direct lines. I’ll watch for this family in future calendars and pick up where I left off.

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