Dear Mary and Pat,
Even though your messages are years old now, I hope that somehow you'll see my reply!
In 1950, I was given up for adoption by Elaine (Klappert) Anderson. My adoptive parents were truly wonderful and I do not believe I could have been more loved had I'd been their own flesh and blood. However, as most adoptees, I wondered about my "roots"....
About 20 years ago, the adoption laws here in Georgia changed. I was able to petition the court to contact my birth mother on my behalf to ask if she'd be interested in meeting. Elaine did wish to meet me as well. She invited me to her home in Miamisburg, Ohio. Later, I flew her to Georgia for Christmas to meet my husband and her grandson. She was around sixty/sixty-five at that time and chose to tell me all her relatives had "passed on". I totally understood that people want to keep secrets such as adopted children as just that, secrets. I did not press and at that time, it was enough to have finally located someone to whom I was really blood related.
Many years have passed and I'm fifty-five now. I would love to learn a bit about "my people" before I go to join them! :-) So, I've been taking the bits of information Elaine gave me and have been snooping around the web. It's been rather arduous as I only had Elaine's full name, her mother's name (Edith Elaine Anderson Klappert) and my grandfather's name. Luckily 'Klappert' is an unusual name or as a newbee to genealogy, I would probably have found nothing.
First, I discovered John Klappert to Grace Mildred Tebbs and their ten children (my grandfather being number six). Then the marriage of William to Edith (my grandfather/grandmother) but at that point, I became stymied. I've been unable to locate a death record for Edith even though Elaine said she died here in Atlanta in the 70's nor a record of Edith's birth in any of the counties surrounding Levanna, Ohio (marriage place of John and Grace)and therefore certainly nothing about her family.
Today I feel I hit a jackpot....LOTS of Klapperts who might be able to tell me where we originated (Germany???) and you two who just might know something about my grandmother, Edith.
Any little bit of family lore you'd care to share would be so appreciated! I'll probably never be able to track down anything about my birthfather's ancestors but it seems there are many of the Klappert bloodline that are interested in keeping the family tree alive!
With Great Expectations,
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