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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Felix Hauer's Certificates from St. Joseph's

Felix Hauer's First Communion
signed by Rev. Johann F. Friedland
(click to enlarge)

detail from framed marriage certificate of Felix Hauer and Elizabeth Schulte
signed by Rev. B.J. Wermers
(click to enlarge)

These ornate documents belonged to my great-grandfather, Felix Hauer, who attended St. Joseph's Church, located at 1828 Jay Street in Detroit. The church itself is quite ornate and I was able to learn a lot about it online. Here are some web pages worth visiting:
  • a great slideshow of St. Joseph's Church, beginning with a little visual history of the church followed by stunning photos of the interior of the building
  • various aspects of St. Joseph's parish history, including a bit about Germans in Detroit
  • St. Joseph's is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Registration Form (in PDF format) includes an extremely detailed description of the entire building, followed by an equally detailed and very interesting history of the church and its people. A map of the parish complex is included.
  • A bit of social history from a different perspective adds another dimension to an understanding of the times.
  • And because I need to inquire about some records one of these days, here is the current mailing address.

Update, 24 November 2009:

Jasia has posted a poem about St. Joseph's at Creative Gene. Her post includes a slide show of her own spectacular photo tour of the church.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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