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A Gumpert Family History
Descendants and Relations of Gumpert Gumpert
from Berlin, Germany


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Valerie Capels


 

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Else Wolffenstein & Seigmund Gumpert
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Else Wolffenstein & Siegmund Gumpert
This Gumpert family line has some, if not all, of its roots in Berlin, Germany.  Compiled information so far leads us to Gumpert Gumpert.  From where he originated and information about his parents and possible siblings is not yet known.

This Gumpert Family Tree is possible because unknown individuals of the Gumpert family made the effort to write down what they knew at the time.  An undated, unsigned, hand-written tree, with names carefully lettered in German within a rhythmic tree of boxes was handed down from Jutta (Gumpert) SMIDT.  I believe she may also be the original scribe, though I cannot verify this.  She did, however, contribute to its later entries and the handwriting resembles some of the other entries.   Had she or they not produced such notes or documents, the record of our lines into the Gumpert families might have been lost forever.  It is in that spirit of stewardship that I offer this updated version of what she and they bequeathed to us and future generations.  I hope it is but a stepping stone for others to continue to maintain, and that the lines of information and the missing pieces of our past will continue to be completed.  Unfortunately, most documents relating to the Gumpert line remain inaccessible to this non-German or Dutch-speaking (Smidt), American-born descendant.


Cautions
There is great risk in reading too much into isolated pieces of information.   Imagine trying to figure out what an elephant looks like with only a toe, an ear, or just the snout as clues.   The further we go back in to time, limited available records--if we're lucky to find any at all--provide only a momentary glimpse into a situation, and often subject to the interpretation or limitations of the person recording it.

I have tried to be diligent in recording the sources of my information so that it can be judged by myself and others as to its reliability.   Just because a record exists does not mean it was recorded accurately, whether by the scribe or the original provider.   But such records are helpful in providing us with clues that could help verify our assumptions or point us in new directions.


Photographs
Photos help remind us that this is about more than facts and statistics; these were real people of flesh, bone, and blood.   They experienced the adventures of youth, the trials and tribulations of raising a family, the struggles of work and making ends meet, the joys of traditions, the sorrows of loss, and the toils of the day-to-day.   Some died young; others lived long, fruitful lives.   Others experienced horrors beyond imagination.

Contributions
Any information, corrections, clippings, suggestions, and/or photos offered that will help weave the fabric and reveal the texture of the Gumpert family's history will be greatly appreciated.   All photos or other original documents will be handled with great care, copied, and promptly returned to their owner, unless instructed otherwise.  While I am eager for ANY information, including stories and oral histories, that will help tell our story, I also want to be respectful of people's privacy and to use discretion in matters that may be sensitive.  Information about living people will not be posted to this page.

This document is only as complete and accurate as the information available up to this moment.  No doubt it will continue to evolve over time, as it should.

Information to share?  Please contact me at vcapels@madriver.com.



Reports

Documents

Family Photos
Freida & Else Wolffenstein
Freda Wolffenstein
Else & Siegmund Gumpert
Else & Seigmund Gumpert

Reserved

Charlotte & Julius
Charlotte (Jutta) & Julius


Jutta & Thea Gumpert

Julius "Peter" Gumpert

David Wolffenstein

Unidentified Brother & Sister

Margot, Hannah, & Julius Gumpert, 1936


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  • New York State Genealogy Resources
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    General Genealogy Resources
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    Updated February 17, 2006



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