On Monday Chuck and I drove to New Castle PA. I ordered the death certificates, and they said that I could not pick them up they would have to be mailed. I did not check the website to see if it was true. I did not want to be irked by myself.
All I can say is it got there fast to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. She said it would take a few days and I know they will come on Saturday, which is the day I leave to go to visit my friend Ruth.
I am searching for the parents of my great grandfather Daniel Zacharias Bartels. I had posted before that last year I had found his sisters buried in the McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery. I did not know they were here in the USA, let alone buried here.
My mother had talked about her Tante Alwine and some other old German women. I suppose like everyone else as a child, they did not pay any attention. Or maybe she thought this was common knowledge.
So, I am hoping that when the first and second sister died, the other siblings had given their parents name. Or perhaps it is wishful thinking.
I remember that my mother talked about my grandmother, Anna Bartels Schridde had a cousin Margaret. I knew Margaret because she was a RN and was excited when I went to Nursing School. I guess the fact that Margaret had a mother and father did not enter into the equation since I knew Margaret as an adult.
My father also told us we had NO RELATIVES and I have found plenty. We just never knew them, although he knew them. He spoke fondly of his Aunts and I remember meeting my grandfathers sister Theresa.
So, I hope the certificates come on Friday, but if they don’t I will have something to look forward to when I return from my long drive south.