I'm trying to trace my father's family. His name was William Harlan Christ, b. Brighton, IA 4/9/1919. Everyone called him Curley. His parents were William Christ and Olive Harlan Fox. I can't find any information on the father. I know he and Olive lived their lives in and around Des Moines, Iowa and had two other sons, Floyd and Lester. Olive came from Keokuk, so I suspect that Grandpa William might have been from Iowa too.
My great grandfather was supposed to have come from Germany and I was told that the "h" in the name was added when he immigrated. I know it doesn't make sense to not haved an "h" and be from Germany, but that's what I was told.
Also, My father had very kinky hair and his brother and both parents have large noses. Could they have been German Jews? It was certainly never discussed if that was the case.
Please help if you can. I've been at this line for two years and can't get past my Dad. His brothers are still alive in Des Moines but have elected not to help.
I get the notion that there are some family secrets here. It doesn't make any sense but it's the feeling I get. Can someone please help?
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