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Jacob Wagner

I've spent the better part of the last hour mulling around Ancestry,com yet again diving into family tree stuff. Right now I am focusing on my maternal grandfather's family. His father died in 2003, and while I knew him better than any of the other great grandkids- he wasn't exactly what we would call friendly. Not that he was mean, but compassion wasn't just in his nature. That generation it seems pretty common with.

All that being said, not a whole lot was known about his family. So I have in the past tried to locate as much information as I could on my great grandfather's family history. Since my grandfather died in 2012, I have wanted to even more, and since I have some time this weekend, and a subscription to I figured I would put some extra effort into finding out what I could about the Wagner side of my heritage.

So far today I have traced it back to 1822, when my great great great great grandfather Jacob Wagner was born in Luxembourg. So not only have I traced it back a few generations, I have also found the first Wagner in my ancestreal line to come over from Germany. Both pretty cool things, to me at least.

I found pictures through of Jacob and his wife, that I've never seen before and I'm fairly certain my grandfather never saw. I also saw the drawing of the plot of land that was his farm, which was really neat to see.

I'm trying to find where he's buried now, as well as as many other little nuggets of information that I can.

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VinceSummers wrote on September 4, 2015, 4:02 PM

If I had time, I'd help you in your endeavor. I'm pretty well known for my ability to quickly lay out a family tree.

chrisandmark wrote on September 4, 2015, 4:48 PM

Jacob Wagner is a super name, my partner's uncle traced their family tree back to around 1700 - they have a really uncommon surname so apparently it was a really easy process but I remember him running up and down the country for birth and death certificates a few years ago before all the registry stuff was online. He found their name is actually an old English name (we're English) rather than the exotic European they had all thought! lol

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 4, 2015, 5:59 PM

My father's cousin's husband made genealogy a hobby after he retired from the Air Force. After he finished his own, he started on my father's family. It was pretty cool learning that we can trace our ancestors back to a little town north-west of Venice in 1349.