|Marriage certificate for my great, great grandparents-Carson & Clara Ewald, 1895.|
|Birth certificate for my great grandmother, Edna Ewald Hochstetler, 1896.|
Not long ago my great aunt gave my mother color copies of marriage and birth certificates belonging to the family. These were printed in their native tongue. Aside from the rich color graphics of two of the documents, and the gold-leafing of the other, it's the German lettering on the documents that make them great vestiges of family history.
|Birth certificate from my great x3 grandparents, 1871.|
The oldest document is a birth and baptismal certificate for George Roth and Catherine Schwiesberger (my 3x great grandparents), from 1871. Their daughter, Clara, married Carson Ewald in Bremen in 1895, which is the certificate with the oval-shaped design. Carson and Clara Ewald had my great grandmother, Edna, whose birth certificate is dated January 15, 1896 and has the image of a dove, rainbow, and Easter lilies. I find it interesting that by the time Edna was born, the branches of families had been living in the United States for not less than three generations.