This is a real treasure and quite a serendipitous find. I was going through a box of my fathers collections of family type papers.
What caught my attention was Geburtstag at the top of the paper. My limited knowledge of German told me it was a list of birthdays. Vater und Mutter written in the Old German Script.
What I had found, and never knew of its existence was a hand written note circa late 1920’s.
My theory was that it was written by my great grandmother Anna Meta Margarita Hackmann. My theory was that it is usually a woman who knows such things as birthdays.
The latest date that I can see is 1929. My grandfather and grandmother (Willi Schridde and Anna Bartels) had emigrated in 1926 and it has listed the names of his sisters, their spouses and children, as well as their birthdays.
The writing on the lower half of the second page is that of my grandmother, which I had recognized as hers.
From this, with a little help of my friends I was able to find Anna’s parents (Ernst Freiderich Wilhelm Hackman and Elsie Marie Johanna Rettle, and Elsie’s mother Anna Meta Margarita Lurssen my my great great great grandmother.
My hope is some descendents of the sisters of Willi will find my posts and get in contact with me.