Those of us who have attended a GRPL Lock-In know that it’s a great way to get help with your research, use, learn new research strategies, enjoy some tasty treats and socialize with others who share our passion for research. Now I can also say it’s a place to meet family and people who are nearly family.

Tim Gleisner came into the VanderVeen Room to enjoy a snack and tell us how he successfully helped a lady locate her Haberkorn family in the 1860 census. Before I even had a chance to think, I blurted out, “I know that family! They owned a furniture company in Detroit.” That wasn’t the response that Tim was expecting, but he confirmed that one of the Haberkorns did indeed own a furniture business in Detroit. Neither I nor the lady researching the Haberkorns were blood relatives. We were linked together by clusters.

Tim introduced me to the lady researching the Haberkorn family. Her husband was a direct descendent of John Henry Haberkorn, brother of Christian Henry Haberkorn. My great-grandma, Bertha Salewski Frank, was a cook in Christian Haberkorn’s home around 1900. My great-grandfather, Charles Frank, worked at the Haberkorn furniture company for more than 20 years. There we were, 114 years later, looking at the 1900 U.S. census that showed Bertha Salewski enumerated as a servant for with Christian Haberkorn’s family. We had a wonderful time comparing notes and sharing information.

Need some help with your research? Do you need help with Ancestry, FamilySearch, SeekingMichigan, Fold3 or do you simply need access to Ancestry? Join us at the next GRPL Lock-in. Who knows…you might even connect with someone through their ancestors!

Lisa Christensen