I rarely have time to even read Randy’s Saturday Night Fun Challenges on a Saturday night, much less respond to them. But tonight, I do have some time, and this one is not so challenging for me to answer! If Randy had chosen any other line, it would have been harder.
The challenge is this: Provide a list of your paternal grandmother’s patrilineal line. Answer these questions:
* What was your father’s mother’s maiden name?
* What was your father’s mother’s father’s name?
* What is your father’s mother’s father’s patrilineal line? That is, his father’s father’s father’s … back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?
* Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father’s mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.
Here are my responses:
My father’s mother was Margaret Bergmeister (1913-1998), born in Philadelphia, PA.
- My father’s mother’s father’s name was Joseph Bergmeister (1873-1927), born in Vohburg a.d. Donau, Bavaria, Germany.
- His father was also named Joseph Bergmeister (1843-unknown before 1885), born in Puch, Bavaria, Germany.
- His father was Jakob Bergmeister (1805-1870), born in Puch, Bavaria, Germany.
- His father was Joseph Bergmeister (1763-1840), born in Puch, Bavaria, Germany.
- His father was Johann Paul Bergmeister (1721-1784), born in Puch, Bavaria, Germany.
- His father was Martin Bergmeister (ca 1689-1752), born in Puch, Bavaria, Germany.
- His father was likely Jakob Bergmeister / Permeister but this info is still being researched.
My grandmother Margaret Bergmeister had three brothers -
- Joseph Bergmeister (1902-1986), who had three sons: Joseph, Robert, and Carl. There are three males descended from Joseph and Robert, and Carl had no children.
- Max Bergmeister (1905-?) had no sons.
- Julius Bergmeister(1907-?) had no sons.
Even if I did not have three male second cousins with the Bergmeister surname (two of whom I have been in touch with so far) and therefore candidates for the Y-DNA of my grandmother’s patrilineal line, I am also in touch with fourth and fifth male cousins with the common ancestors of Jakob (b.1805) or Joseph (b.1763) shown above. I haven’t looked into any kind of DNA testing, especially for this line, because there are plenty of Bergmeister men – both in the genealogical records and in my email in-box! Thanks, Grandmom, for having an easy patrilineal line to research! Click on the Bergmeister Family tab above for more info on this line.