Leo Bohnsack was my great-grandfather. He was born on December 16, 1891, in Schapville, Thompson Twp, Illinois, to Carl Herman Bohnsack and Carolina Sophia Wulff. He was the oldest of … Continue reading Obituary: Leo H. Bohnsack
Mabel (Bohnsack) Hammer was the sister of my gg-grandfather, Leo Bohnsack. She was born in July of 1894 in Illinois to Carl Herman Bohnsack and Carolina Sophia Wulff. She was … Continue reading Mabel (Bohnsack) Hammer Dies from Injuries Sustained in Car Accident
Carolina Sophia “Lena” (Wulff) Bohnsack was my gg-grandmother. She was born in Germany on November 15, 1867 to Henry and Marie (Schumacher) Wulff. She immigrated at 16, and married Carl … Continue reading Obituary: Carolina Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack
Below is the obituary for Carl Herman Bohnsack, husband of Carolina Sophia “Lena” (Wulff), and my great-great grandfather. It was published in in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, 26 Feb 1940, … Continue reading Obituary: Carl Herman Bohnsack
While I was visiting my grandmother in Scales Mound Illinois, I decided to make a stop at the courthouse in Galena. I wanted get a few death certificates since a couple weeks ago, I found my great-grandfather’s, Carl Herman Bohnsack, obituary and was thrown for a loop. But that’s a story for another time…
While picking up the death certificate, I met a cousin. She was the deputy at the records office in the courthouse. Her grandmother was Mary Anna Johanna Bohnsack Brandt, the youngest sister of Leo Bohnsack my great grandfather. What a small world! Of course, I was in Galena which certainly can’t qualify as a metropolis. But it was a fun coincidence. She seemed to appreciate looking up death certificates for genealogical purposes, which is more enjoyable than other alternatives.
Let me also complain a bit. Galena charges $16 per death certificate. $16!!!! That’s highway robbery. It doesn’t matter whether it’s certified or not, it’s the same price. Good god! I contacted Wyoming State Archives a couple of months ago and was emailed a PDF of my great-grandmother’s death certificate for FREE. One thing’s for sure, genealogy is not cheap.