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Genealogy By the States – Week 38 – Colorado



Back in 2011, I wrote about a new development pertaining to the research of Philip Rottman in And all the Stars Aligned.  Basically, I discovered that there was some truth to a notation my grandmother made about Philip and a story my cousin Barbara was told, both of which led me to discover Philip’s place of death in Golden, Colorado.

In preparation for this post, I decided to revisit the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection website to see if any newspapers had been added or if I had previously missed something.  I ended up finding the Colorado Transcript (Golden, Colorado) and did a page-by-page search (whether this newspaper was on the site in 2011, I have no idea, it may be that I previously missed it).  I did find another article related to his death:

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Surname Saturday – REEDER (France / Georgia / Iowa)

Mary Eva REEDER (or LASSER) is my second great-grandmother. I am not certain if Reeder or Lasser is her maiden name because each of the records I currently have list one or the other. I suppose it’s possible that she was married once before and that one of the names could be a married name. Perhaps one day I will know the answer, but for now, I’m sticking with Reeder. This family has been difficult to research for many reasons, but mainly because they moved around the country several times.  My direct line ancestors are in blue.

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Surname Saturday–Hänfler (Germany / Illinois)

Minnie HÄNFLER (with variants including Henfler, Hamfler, and Hemfler) is my second great-grandmother. She was born in Germany and married Herman LEPPIN in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.

I previously discovered a possible sister, Augusta HÄNFLER, who married Philipp Zimmermann, and just days ago confirmed my suspicion further with a baptism record for Augusta and Philipp’s daughter naming Minnie Leppin as a witness. Clues in other church records suggest that Minnie may have had a brother, Carl HÄNFLER, and that her parents might have been Carl HÄNFLER and August –?–. Further research is needed to prove/disprove these connections.

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