Back in Part 3 of Hiebels in Bohemia, I had traced my Hiebel ancestors to Wolfgang Hübl of Kaltenbrunn. In Part 4 I was finally able to confirm the Joseph Hübl of Klein Schneiderhof was my 4th great grandfather, so now the goal I had in mind was tracing my ancestors back as far as possible.
Wolfgang Hübl and his wife Maria Braun were the parents of Martin Hübl. While the records further back were much tougher to navigate, I seemed to encounter minimal problems while searching for Wolfgang. That changed when I encountered one of the most difficult challenges yet. Wolfgang was born in 1729, and was the son of Georg and Regina of Kaltenbrunn, according to his birth record. I looked in the years before 1729 for their marriage record until I came to the year 1726. On one page I found marriages for TWO Georg Hübls of Kaltenbrunn that married women named Regina.
What was the problem? How did I solve it? What next?
- The Problem:
Assumptions: One of the most common and dangerous mistakes to make in genealogy is to assume the first person you find is exactly who you are looking for. I was almost positive, yet still skeptical until proven, that the Thomas Hiebel of Minnesota and Joseph Hübl of Klein Schneiderhof were my ancestors. Those who do not find concrete proof may make the mistake of recording misinformation regarding the wrong person. This will result in all of the ancestors added past this individual being wrong.
Records: The Latin records I was now beginning to read were much more difficult than the German ones. The records from the 1800s I dealt with so far were written in German, a language I am familiar with. They were also presented in charts which gave information including name, parents, house number, date of event, etc. The Latin records were written in almost illegible paragraphs. Both were very hard to read, however reading the German records now seemed easy compared to their Latin counterparts. I cannot remember the actual date of transition from Latin to German in the records, it was sometime in the late 1700s.
Two Georgs: At this point I honestly thought my research was done, and took a break for a few days in between. There were two men with the same first and last name, living in the same village, and married women with the same first name in the same year. Additional information such as the house number were not given in the Latin records, so there seemed to be no way possible to determine which Georg was actually my 7th great grandfather.
- How I Solved It:
Regina Death Record: I knew one of the only ways I would be able to determine which couple was the right parents for Wolfgang was to find a death record for one and trace back the birth. I knew that Wolfgang and Maria lived in House number 10 in Kaltenbrunn, and finding a death record for either parent in the German records was the only way to lead me back. Had both of them died in the Latin records, I may have been stuck for good. Fortunately, I found a Regina who died at house number 10 around the same time Wolfgang and Maria died.
Regina Birth Record: Looking at Regina’s age on the death record, I could tell she was easily old enough to be Wolfgang’s mother. This also led me to go back and find a birth record, in which I found one for a Regina Rauscher. Sure enough, Regina Rauscher was one of the Regina’s who married a Georg in 1762. The right marriage record also let me determine the name of Georg’s father, which was Mathias.
- What Next?
In Part 6 of Hiebels in Bohemia; I search back to the earliest Bohemian church records, encounter one final problem, and discover the original location the Hiebels came from. This will be the final chapter in the Hiebels in Bohemia series, and will also analyze everything I learned from the whole experience.
Birth record for Wolfgang Hübl, my 5th great grandfather
Birth record for Georg Hübl, my 6th great grandfather