In my search to find my maternal great-grandfather, I decided to email the States Archive of Saarbruecken where I thought my great-grandfather might have been born. After sending the email, I religiously checked back for a response but there's nothing. Almost a month later, I had given up on hearing back from the Motherland when I received a package from the States Archive of Saarbruecken. I was like a kid on Christmas morning! I spent all day translating legal documents and trying to decipher the old style German.
What I have come up with so far is that my great-grandfather, Heinrich Wilhelm Otto Reuter, was in fact born in Saarbruecken in 1899 and passed away in his home state in 1986, only 4 years after my great-grandmother passed away.
I cannot begin to explain my level of excitement and intrigue that came with this package. I know have a beginning and an end! Now the easy part, figuring out everything else. Now to narrow down all of the Heinrich Reuter's from Germany.....
Wish me luck!
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