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!
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust
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