My Grandfather was born 2/14/1888 (I believe in Brooklyn)and lived in Queens, New York for most of his life. He changed his name from Blumenstetter to Brooks when he became a Lion Tamer in the Bostock circus in England as Blumenstetter was too long to fit on the bill boards.
He must have changed it before 1915 as his marriage certificate has his name as George Brooks. I did have the court notice of the name change, but can not find it any longer.
I am trying to trace the Blumensetter name to it's origin.
Any help appreciated.
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