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|lori russell||Olive a sherman thompson|
She is my 2nd great grandmother. Her son ferris earl thompson is my grandpa from fenwick, michigan.Any information on this line would help out.
|Ed||photo request at David's cemetery|
I have received a request to take a photo of Catherine Rockafield Belleman when I go to the memorial site for her there is a message that the grave is unmarked, so there may not be a headstone to take a picture of. Do you know anything differently? Sincerely, Ed
Added by Ed on Dec 11, 2015 4:20 PM
|Tony Kaney||RE: Theresia Eichhorn|
THanks Debra. It's this burial location that is the only data so far that links Theresa to the Kinstels. Otherwise, there is a single listing of Theresa and Christian in the Albany City Directory. That's it-nothing in the census.
|Tony Kaney||Kinstel family|
Debra I should have added that Norbert Künstel in Germany is very anxious to contact any living descendants of Valentin Kinstel. Since you say that your husband is a descendant, would you and your husband be willing to contact him? I can send you his email address if so.
|Tony Kaney||More on Kuenstel|
Debra, I should also add that I got all my information on this family pre-emigration from the sacramental records of their parish church in Langenbrand, Baden. Ottilia Merkel Kuenstel was a sister to my gggrandfather, and several of her siblings emigrated to the USA at the same time. Unfortunately, the Kuenstels/Kinstels of ALbany seem to have left a very scant paper trail and were an extremely hard group to research, in my experience.
|Tony Kaney||Valentin Kuenstel Albany|
Debra, my evidence for the burial of Valentin at OLA is not very hard, and not very satisfactory to me. Several years ago I was in contact with a researcher in Kuppenheim, Germany, who was related to the same line of Merkels as Ottilia Merkel Kuenstel and me. He claimed to have seen a letter from Barbara Kuenstel Mitchell of Albany sent back to family members in Germany reporting Valentin's death, giving the date and the remark that he was buried "in the parish graveyard". Since he died about the same time as his son Alexander, who is definitely buried at OLA, I thought it likely that he would have also been buried there in a plot owned by the family. Certainly, no local researcher has been able to find a gravestone for him, nor any burial record in the cemetery holdings. However, this didn't surprise me because the sacramental records for OLA parish have no mention of any family members, either baptisms, marriages or deaths. I was not allowed to examine the records myself, and in my experience, many of the curators of such records are not very experienced in deciphering old records in german or latin. As far as I know, all the recorded burials of family members at OLA were discovered by actually finding gravestones for them rather than any written records. In addition, I was never able to find any death notices or obits in local newspapers, and I could not obtain death certificates for any family members since I am not a member of their "immediate family".
|Tony Kaney||Kinstel family|
Several members of the family of Valentin Kinstel are buried in Our Lady of the Angels cemetery in Albany, NY and you have created memorials for many of them. Several years ago while researching this family I wrote to the records keeper for the catholic diocese of Albany asking her if they had any records of Kinstels buried in this cemetery and was told that there were none recorded. Could you tell me where you found your records, or did you just walk the cemetery and find the stones? I ask because some family members are still missing. Many thanks.