Joseph Geißler is my fraternal multi great-grandfather and my brick wall. He lived in America long enough to wed, father four children, purchase property, and then die. His naturalization record gave me a clue as to his homeland.
Here are the notes from his naturalization record: According to the Franklin County Clerk of Superior Court (in Ohio), Joseph Keizler was admitted to Citizenship of the United States of America in 1858. Joseph was a native of Baden, Germany. The record was certified on 11 Oct 1858. (Keizler would be the phonetic spelling of the name Geißler.)
I wanted to know where Baden would be found. Hopefully, I could find clues as to where to look next.
|Map of German divisions of land|
Something that stood out to me as I’ve always wondered where Pfalz was (for my fraternal Grandmother’s line), and now I know. But, this map doesn’t help me much. There are so many possibilities. How on earth will I figure this out? Additionally, notice where Stuttgart in Wurtemberg is? My mother has a research note that says he might be from Stuttgart. However, I have no evidence of that tidbit and she had forgotten where that information came from.
I must rely more heavily on the naturalization document for clues. But, could it be possible that he lived in Baden near Stuttgart? Or is this a random note that is best ignored?
I’ll be honest, I don’t have any more clues with this map. But, at least I have a rough idea of where Baden is.