Here’s the story behind the challenge if you want to participate. http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks. Worth a read. Averages between 150 – 200+ posts/week. Weekly recap for Week 16 of the #52 Ancestors can be found here.
My entry for this week is Henry George Zimmer, Jr. You may recognize the name as he was listed on my WikiTree birthday post recently. According to Ancestry.com’s relationship chart, he is the nephew of husband of 1st cousin of wife of nephew of husband of grand-aunt.
He was born 24 April 1911 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana. His parents were Henry George Zimmer, Sr. and Florence Amelia (Lytle) Zimmer. His siblings include Richard John Zimmer (1912 – 1968), Florence Amelia Louise Zimmer (1914 – 2007), Lawrence William Zimmer (1914 – 1983), and Genevieve Worner Zimmer (1917 – 2001).
My inherited family tree shows Henry living in Wheaton, Illinois in 1915, but a review of the entry suggests it is not the correct Henry. The tree also has him married to Thelma Maecann and it may be a result of the incorrect listing for Wheaton, Illinois.
In the 1920 federal census, Henry is living on S. Telemachus Street in Ward 3, Precinct 14, New Orléans with his parents and siblings.
I received a copy of the marriage license announcement in the Times Picayune (New Orléans local newspaper) 04 January 1934 for Henry George Zimmer, Jr. and Rachel Adele Mathe.
By the 1930 federal census, the family had moved to Claiborne Avenue, 17th Ward, New Orléans. He was working as a dental mechanic in a dentist office.
In the 1940 federal census, he had moved to Magnolia Street, was living there by 1935 with his wife, Rachel (age 24). He is a dental technician working for a dental laboratory.
After the 1940 census, Henry disappears until a Social Security Death Index (SSDI) record in 1972. The SSDI has September 1972 as his death date with Kemar Clear Lake Shores, Galveston, Texas for last known residence. In a curious twist, there was a Find-A-Grave memorial for Henry, but it comes back with a bad URL when clicked. His parents are buried in Greenwood Cemetery in New Orléans, but a check of its records don’t show him. Continuing to look for his final resting place.