I visited with my grandmother today and she gave me Hulda's obituary, along with part of Fred's obituary.
Hulda and Fred had a son named Paul and a daughter named Ernestine. Ernestine gave birth to Dorothy (my maternal grandmother), who married and divorced Elmer Walters (my maternal grandfather). Paul and his wife Laura Gamlin had a son, Ervin.
After Dorothy and Elmer divorced, she and Ervin married (obviously they are/were 1st cousins). They never had any children of their own, but I was blessed to have Ervin as my "grandfather."
I was always under the impression that Hulda's last name was Erkfritz - not Erkfitz. But upon looking at her obituary, I found that my grandmother has been incorrect for a number of years.
I would love to know a few things:
Is Fred's name spelled Frederick or Fredrick?
What is Fred's middle name? (I've seen William in some places, but his obituary says Fred G. Kortman - is it George?)
Who are Fred's parents?
Who are Hulda's parents?
I'm very new at this and am not sure where to start or what to do. I've started a pedigree chart on www.kindredkonnections.com, but haven't submitted the information yet because I'm not done entering information from my father's side of the family.
I've visited Fred & Hulda's graves in Rogers City a few times, but never paid much attention to their gravestones. I'm just now getting intererested in researching my family because I would like to tell my 10-month old daughter where she came from someday.
Do you live in Michigan? I live in the Lansing area - born and raised in Eaton Rapids.
Take care and I hope to hear from you soon!
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