Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Peter Bieger (about 1820-1855)

Peter Bieger was born in Germany about 1820 and died in 1855 in Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois. He married Barbara Siefert in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Some things I have learned about research and life from Peter:

  • family traditions can be outright lies. Peter’s descendants said he drowned in the Mississippi River. He died of an accidental gunshot wound.
  • provide for your family in the event of your death. Peter died while his children were both under the age of five. It wasn’t easy for Barbara to raise the two girls by herself.
  • guardianship records can be helpful. The records of he guardianship of Peter’s children provided the names and exact dates of birth for Peter’s children in addition to other information.

My ancestor table can be viewed on my site. Peter is my 3rd great-grandfather.


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