Things I learned in going through some of my earlier files:
One of my husband’s ancestral lines, the Lellmann surname, has been traced back to the Dieblich, Germany. The church records are excellent for this time period and I was able to learn the names of siblings and parents from the 1600s and 1700s. Families with eight to ten children were the norm, not the exception.
At least one member of the family appeared in court in 1714 and had to add his “Hausmarke,” rather than his signature, because he was illiterate. The family used the phenomenon as their signature. The German records are a genealogist’s dream in the details they include!
Fast forward 150 years to Iowa and trying to find events closer to home is a problem. My great-grandfather’s second wife, Thresa Albers (wife of John Schaefers), has left almost no records in her life. She died young ( probably in child birth) and identifying her parents has not been successful. All that can be found are bits and pieces that can only lead to speculation with no likely solution. Why? Because the lack of records is a genealogist’s nightmare!
All of this is making for one lop-sided family tree!