In Loving Memory

Recently I compared the lives of my third great-grandmother Elisabeth (nee Schmitt) and her sister Christina Kirchheiner. While drafting that post, a document inside Christina’s file caught my eye; a receipt for her funeral arrangements. Three obituary notices were listed. Why hadn’t I followed up on these leads? Immediately I sent a request to the Cincinnati Public Library. The very…

His Success is Written in Stone

John Kauffman’s daughter Maria Elizabeth married my 2nd great-grandmother’s brother Emile Schmitt in the 19th century. Emile became an executive in John’s business, the Kauffman Brewery. The brewery flourished making John, his partner, and many others in the business very wealthy men. John Kauffman rests in Cincinnati’s historic Spring Grove Cemetery across the plot from his former business…

Much Ado about Jennie Rose

You may not think the first wife of a 1st-cousin thrice-removed “deserves” a lot of research time. But there is a woman in my tree that’s been pulling at me of late, so today I’d like to give Jennie Rose (Beckley) Schmitt her 15 minutes of fame. Jennie’s husband Arthur J. Schmitt, the son of my 2nd great-grandmother’s…

The Broadway Building and Loan Co

Did your ancestor borrow money from The Broadway Building and Loan Company in Cincinnati Ohio? I purchased a handful of receipts on eBay for payments that were made to T.B.B. & L. Co. on July first, 1894. Perhaps your ancestor’s signature appears on one of the images below. Originals were donated to the Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical…

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…

Side-tracked Genealogy

At some point I’ll have to return to researching my direct line ancestors. But for now, my interest lies with Emile Schmitt, my second great-grandmother’s brother. After my last Emile-related post, a genealogical angel (I’ll call her Betty) sent me a baker’s dozen of Cincinnati Enquirer articles written about Emile and his wife. Thank you again…

Cincinnati Birth and Death Records

My genealogical research is often challenging because of three courthouse fires that occurred in Cincinnati Ohio. So I was thrilled to stumble upon Cincinnati Birth and Death Records, 1865-1912 in the Digital Collections at the University of Cincinnati. Death certificates are available through the Ohio Historical Society from December 20, 1908 through 1953, but my French Schmitt…