I want to share two documents that I thought I’d never see. In preparing for our upcoming trip to Germany, I’ve been trying to find guides who can help me in the various places we plan to visit. One of those guides is a man named Aaron. Although Aaron is based in Cologne and will be our guide while we are there, he also asked where else we were visiting and whether we needed any help finding records.
I mentioned to him that probably the one place I had had the worst luck finding any records—online or elsewhere—was Schopfloch, the small town in Bavaria where my Nussbaum ancestors once lived. Some of you may recall that all I had were the notes left behind by a researcher named Angelika Brosig, who died in 2013. Angelika had a lot of information about the birthdates of the children of Amson Nussbaum and Voegele Welsch, my four-times great-grandparents, including a name and birthdate for my three-times great-grandfather, Josua Nussbaum, who became John Nusbaum in the United States. I knew these facts were accurate because they were consistent with the information in the Nussbaum family bible kept first by my three-times great-grandmother Jeanette Dreyfuss Nusbaum and later by my great-grandmother Eva May Seligman Cohen. But I had no images or transcriptions of original records
Even after contacting several people who knew Angelika Brosig and had worked with her, I had no luck figuring out where she’d gotten this information. But Aaron had better luck—he found the death records for my four-times great-grandparents, Amson and Voegele. This gives me hope that perhaps other records exist and that someday I may find them.
As transcribed and translated by Leon and Cathy from the German Genealogy group on Facebook, this says:
Vogelein Nussbaum, Wittwe des Amson Nussbaum, geb. Welsch, stirbt in einem Alter von 60 Jahren und 7 Monaten plötzlich am Schleimschlag Sonntag Abends am zweiten /2/ Oktober 1/2 5 Uhr 1842, und wird beerdigt Tags drauf am 3. dess. Abends 5 Uhr. Arzt wird nicht gebraucht. No. 132.
Vögelein Nussbaum, widow of Amson Nussbaum, born Welsch, dies at the age of 60 years and 7 months suddenly due to mucoid impaction on Sunday evening on 2nd October, half before 5 o’clock, 1842, and is buried on the next day in the evening 5 o’clock. Doctor is not needed.
Leon and Cathy translated Amson’s death record to say:
Amson (Meier) Nussbaum, merchant, here no. 132, married, consumption, 8th this evening at 8 o’clock, 58 years old.
Thank you to Aaron for his persistence and hard work in locating these records. And thank you also to Leon and Cathy from the Facebook German Genealogy group! Danke!!