04 July 2009

Proving a Birth in 1850s Illinois

One is not always this fortunate. This record is from the guardianship of Francis and Louise Bieger, daughters of Peter Bieger. This wonderful document gave me the dates of birth for Francis and her sister.

The only drawback for the family was that the father had to die for the record to be created. How he died is another story altogether.

Peter died in 1855 in Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois. He is my 3rd great-grandfather. This image came from a digital copy I made from the microfilm while at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.


21 August 2008

1855 Illinois Census-Peter Bigger

I've been doing a little more work in Ancestry.com's Illinois State Census database, particulary the 1855 Illinois.

The only census reference I have to ancestor Peter Biegert/Bieger (take your pick on how it is spelled), is his 1855 census reference in Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois. It indicates Peter is between 20 and 30 years of age. This is the only record that allows me to approximate his age which means he was born between 1825 and 1835. His wife (in the same age bracket) and his two daughters are also listed.
Peter died in November of 1855. I am just fortunate that they were in Illinois for the 1855 census. Somehow he and his wife (so far) have not been found in 1850. Speculation is that the family was moving at the time of the census as they Bieger family is known to have arrived in Illinois in 1850 from Cincinnati, Ohio.