New & I think my ancestor might be a vampire.
I've hit a wall in researching my mother's side of the family.
Her great-grandfather, Leopold Emil Maass (3 August 1863 - 27 February 1926,) listed on a census that his birthplace was Posen, Germany. However, in doing research, I discovered that when he was born, it was actually the Province of Posen, Prussia, then became Posen, Germany & is now Poznań, Poland. It was long assumed by our family that he had died in Three Rivers, Live Oak County, Texas, as that's where he and his wife lived & are buried (despite her dying in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, which is an hour away.) My grandmother remembers being told by her mother (Leo's daughter) that Leo died at home, which was in Three Rivers.
Since German records aren't the most easily accessed things from a home in Texas, and since I can't read German anymore than I can read Klingon, and since I know birth records from 1863 are spotty at best in some places anyway... I was trying to locate a death certificate to attempt to find his parents' names, or at least his father's name. I called up Live Oak County and they have no record in their index of a Maass, Maas, Maaß, or Moss (which one of his descendants legally changed his own surname to) dying in Live Oak County. They directed me to a neighboring county which has the closest hospital, but I can't get anyone from that county on the phone.
Here's another wrinkle: I can't find him in the death indexes... anywhere in the entire country. There's an L. E. Moss who died in 1926 in a town in the middle of nowhere, but their death date is listed as being in August 1926, not February, and I kinda doubt his tombstone would have declared his death six months ahead of time. Also, when his wife died in 1933, her surname on her death certificate still read Maass, which leads me to think they didn't change their surnames even when some of their children did. I can't find an obituary in a newspaper, I can't find a death certificate, I can't find any proof that Leo Maass isn't still walking around somewhere except for the general knowledge that he would be 150 years old and probably avoiding sunlight and wooden stakes.
All I have on him is the following:
- Listed on 1900, 1910 & 1920 US census.
- Arrived in either 1884 (listed on the 1900 & 1910 census) or 1893/1898 (1920 census) to Galveston, Texas.
- Married Caroline "Lina"/"Hattie" Neumann in 1891 & had seven children, she died in 1901.
- Married Henrietta Barsun (my ancestor) in 1907 & had five children. They are buried together in Three Rivers, Texas.
Do any of you wonderful genius people have any clue where I could go next?