I know other researchers might say at this point I should continue the path I was on researching Vincent/Jim Pertl before jumping down the rabbit hole I found at the end of the last post. And maybe I should. But, I’m not going to. I’m comfortable that my research has been documented well enough that I can pick up where I left off with Vincent if this bright shiny object (BSO) turns out to be nothing. For more information on BSOs just google “genealogy and bright shiny objects” and you will find plenty of information, mostly about how to record them to research later. In my case however, although I was in the process of researching Vincent, my true goal is to find where Anton and his family came from in Bohemia. This may lead me closer to that goal, and so I am going to pursue it.
In my last post, I was looking at different methods I could use to track down Anton’s origins. One of these was to look into Anton’s potential siblings. Again I want to start with the information that I have. In this case, that information is mostly secondary, handed-down information. After looking back through my original version of this post, I realized that I do not know if some of the people mentioned below are still alive – therefore a couple of the names have been changed.
Do you have a brick wall in your genealogy? I would venture that most people have at least one. I have several, but the one that bothers me the most is in my Pertl line. My great-grandmother’s name was Mary Frances Pertle (the e was added on by Mary). She was born in 1875 to Anton Pertl and Lucinda Angeline Hollandsworth (Hollingsworth). Anton Pertl, and his progenitors, is the line I am interested in tracing. The information I have points back to Bohemia, but I have not been able to trace exactly where in the old country he and his family came from. Pursuing the Pertls will be a series of posts that follow my attempts to break down this wall.