Remember how I told you that my friend Christina in Germany and I are working to find out how our two lines are connected? Her family is Gläntzer (umlaut) and my family is Glaentzer (no umlaut). The theory is that the common ancestor for us is Carl Friedrich Glaentzer (my 3rd great-grandfather). Christina noticed something interesting with the signatures of Carl’s son Josef Glaentzer (my 2nd great-grandfather). These signatures are from the birth certificates of 4 of his children.
This is interesting: 4 signatures from 4 different years by Josef Glaentzer. The spelling of his signature varies.
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You bet it is interesting! This is the first example that we have seen of one man writing his name both with and without an umlaut. I think we are getting closer to the connection.
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