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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.
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Else Wolffenstein & Siegmund Gumpert
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),
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Else & Seigmund Gumpert
Jutta & Thea
Julius "Peter" Gumpert
Brother & Sister
& Julius Gumpert, 1936
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