My Family Fan Chart

Family Fan Chart #2

Family Fan Chart #2

Here is my family Fan Chart. I hope you’re able to read it. If not maybe you can magnify its size on your computer screen.
As you can see my father’s side of the family has a big gaping hole that starts with his grandmother.
Our family legend has Josephine Guellbert (Gilbert) a young, wealthy, French aristocrat marrying their estate’s poor, lowly, German gardener, much to the anger of her father, who disowned her.
After several children, the family moved to the United States in 1889 to prevent their oldest son, Theodore then 17, from going to war. As fate often does, Theodore died soon after the family’s trip to America.
I have Josephine’s birth as 20 May 1849 in Moir, France. She married Adolph Frueh, (born 12 Apr 1854) in July 1868, in Neuilly, France. They ended up in Lima, OH passing in 1926 and 1925 respectively.
I do have Adolph Frueh’s biographical write-up from Allen County, Ohio. I also have a sketchy family history for Adolph in Germany but absolutely nothing on Josephine prior to her immigration to the U.S.
Who was her narrow minded father? and mother? How do I research this portion of my family tree as it jumps the Atlantic and changes language?


  1. Even with the “holes,” this chart is beautiful. Despite the holes — what a mystery. I know nothing about records in France . . . but is it possible to do a last-name search for Josephine’s father on a census date close to her birth year? Thanks for displaying a fan chart!

  2. Beautiful fan chart. That must have been heartbreaking for Josephine (love this name) to have her father disown her and to lose her son. Wonder if she kept in contact with her mother? Are her parents listed on her death certificate? I would check the check the census records for that time in France. Oh, Google translate is great and really easy to use. Good luck with your search.

    • Thanks Bernita for such a lovely comment. I’m going to have to try Google translate. I’ve never tried it before. Thanks for the suggestion!


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