More progress on my Prussian line with the discovery of the birth and baptism record for my maternal great-grandmother, Anna Friedrike Luise SCHUMANN, and on the same wonderful roll of microfilmed parish registers, the names, birth and baptism dates of her three siblings, the names of her parents, and more.
Before I started the research, the only things I knew about my maternal great-grandmother were:
1. Her name was Anna.
2. Her mother’s name was Augusta.
3. Her family was (supposedly) from Berlin.
4. When she died, she was laid out in the front parlor of my grandmother’s Chicago apartment. My mother, age 9, is displaced by relatives in town for the funeral and had to sleep on the couch in the same room with the body. (File that under Things We Don’t Ask of Our Children Today.)
5. Anna was divorced from her first husband and became very religious. She was separated from her second husband at the time of her death because she sent quite a bit of Mr. Kahns’s money to Billy Sunday, the evangelist.
Not a lot to go on from a genealogical perspective. So here’s how the hunt evolved.