Today’s Treasure Chest Thursday is the marriage license for Gottfried Hann and Anna Larsdotter, my great-grandparents. And the reason why it’s in my Treasure Chest is that this document and his death certificate are the only documents that prove Gottfried Hann ever existed.
Gottfried Hann is my brickiest of brick walls. I know he’s from Austria, probably from the Tirolean region, and that he was born in 1861. And that’s it – the sum total of family knowledge. His daughter, my grandmother, was born in December of 1896, two months after her father died at the age of 35 in Chicago.
My mother recently unearthed this Marquette County, Michigan, marriage license and I almost wept to see that he actually existed in a real tangible record.
At FamilyLabs,* I found an online database of Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, and Godfrey Haun and Annie Larson's record is there (#101), but it has a line drawn through their names.
Most puzzling in light of the counter-signed, sealed, and embossed marriage license at top. So I wrote to Marquette County, Michigan, and they had no record of the marriage, even though I had a numbered license.
(*BTW, Randy's 2 Aug 2010 post at Genea-musings shines a light on the various (and varied) on varying search results at the FamilySearch beta sites - worthwhile reading.)
My ongoing hunt from the mysterious Mr. Hann? To be continued this Surname Saturday right here at Sassy Jane Genealogy. See you then!