Each week, as I write about another set of my children’s Luxembourgish 5th great-grandparents, I review the information I have. If I haven’t worked on the family in a while, I search for baptismal and/or birth records, marriage banns, marriage records, death and/or burial records, census records on FamilySearch in the collections for Luxembourg or Lëtzebuerg.
This week I looked into the SCHAEFFER-GREISCH family. I’ll be sharing the post on Friday. However, I couldn’t wait to play this little game with you.
Lëtz Play! Can You Top This?
Have you found a record in your genealogy research which reveals as many events as the one I discovered?
When I re-read the 1810 marriage record of the SCHAEFFER-GREISCH couple who married in Esch-sur-Sûre in north-western Luxembourg, I found the widowed father of the groom was living in Bourglinster, a town in the commune of Junglinster in central Luxembourg. I found his 1819 death record in Junglinster and learned he had remarried. When and where did this marriage take place?
I located the 1809 marriage record in Junglinster and it is filled with genealogical information. Imagine finding the dates for fifteen (15) events in one record!
- 21 April 1809 – Date of marriage for Johann Baptiste SCHAFFER and Catherine WEINTZ
- 22 June 1752 – Date of birth of the groom, Johann Baptiste SCHAFFER
- 7 Frimaire year X – Date of death of the groom’s first wife Catherine JACQUES (aka SCHAACK)
- 16 January 1795 – Date of death of Jean SCHAFFER, father of the groom
- 21 February 1771 – Date of death of Marie BRAACK, mother of the groom
- 15 March 1760 – Date of death of Jean SCHAFFER, grandfather of the groom
- 25 March 1760 – Date of death of Susanne SCHAFFER, grandmother of the groom
- 3 Nov 1765 – Date of birth of the bride, Catherine WEINTZ
- 9 Pluviose year XII – Date of death of the bride’s first husband, Matthias REIDELER
- 21 February 1773 – Date of death of Michel WEINTZ, father of the bride
- 3 Frimaire 1797 – Date of death of Marie BRAUN, mother of the bride
- 12 April 1749 – Date of death of Theodore WEINTZ, grandfather of the bride
- 19 April 1767 – Date of death of Marguerite WEINTZ, grandmother of the bride
- 26 March 1809 – First proclamation of the marriage banns
- 2 April 1809 – Second proclamation of the marriage banns
It’s normal to find dates of death of the first spouse and deceased parents of the bride and/or groom in Luxembourgish marriage records. I have also seen the fact that the grandparents were deceased when the party was an orphan. But this was the first record I’ve seen with names and dates for the grandparents of the bride and groom.
Have you found a record with this many events mentioned? I’d love to hear about it. Please leave a comment or link to a post you’ve written about your extraordinary find.
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