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Thursday, July 30, 2009

I found my great-great grandmother at the Library of Michigan.

Okay, strictly speaking, neither of us was actually at the Library of Michigan when I found her, but you knew that, didn't you?

Death Certificate of Theresa (Wolfschlager) Hauer
The line above is a link to a printable version of the document.
Detroit, Michigan - 25 April 1914

Theresa Hauer, a widow, lived at 671 Pennsylvania in Detroit, as did her son Anthony, who was the informant named on her death certificate. She died at home from cancer of the stomach. She was buried at Mt. Elliott Cemetery. According to the record, her birthdate was 16 August 1833, so her age was 71 years, 8 months and 9 days at the time of her death.

Anthony listed Germany as the birthplace of Theresa and both her parents. He didn't give her mother's name, but named John Wolfschlager as her father. In the record, the spelling appears to be Walflehayer, by far the most imaginative misspelling of this surname that I have ever seen.

The 1897-1920 Michigan death records have been digitized and made available online by the Library of Michigan. You can search these records at Seeking Michigan.

Unfortunately, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is attempting to close the Library of Michigan as a cost-saving measure. You can find out more, including what actions you can take right now to stop the closure of this magnificent resource, at the Michigan Genealogical Council website. Please help!


Claudia's thoughts said...

It is ironic that they always cut funding to education and libraries, who has ever heard of cutting money for sports?

Good find on your great great grandmother.

T.K. said...

Thanks, Claudia.

It's ridiculous, that's what it is. I read that this cost-cutting measure will save only one one-thousandth of the budget shortfall.

Blog Archive


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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