Serendipity With a Periodical
April 03, 2014
In 2006, I decided to look for my Poppenberg family, thinking it would be a long and wild goose chase. I knew they were in Seneca County, Ohio and decided to join the Seneca County Ohio Genealogical Society because I knew that as a member I could send a few free queries a year. My first issue in January had an index, and lo and behold, there was the Poppenberg surname in the index for the previous issues! My next step was to order the four previous issues. In one of them, I found the transcription of the death index from the Catholic Church in Tiffin. The church record for Conrad Poppenberg gave his father’s name and village and his mother by her maiden name (the German style of record keeping). I looked for the parish records to order the film from Salt Lake City and could not find the village anywhere in their catalog. I sent a query to the society requesting help with the name of the village. One of the members went to the library in Tiffin and found the correct spelling. Through that effort, I was able to order the film and get the records for Conrad and his wife, Lucia. It was there that I found Conrad’s wife had been widowed from Anton Windau and had three sons from that marriage. In that process, I made contact with one of the descendants of the Windau sons!
Periodicals seem to be largely ignored in the genealogical search, but I am a firm believer that all avenues should be researched. You can peruse the MGC Periodical Resources online for our holdings and other indexes. You can never tell when you’ll have that serendipitous moment!
Midwest Genealogy Center