You don't know how funny it is to hear someone else say "my" Aunt Emma, Erna, Hulda. That's how (of course) I remember them and yet you and I have never met.
Do you have a tree on Ancestry? I couldn't find anything and I would love to see what you have. Mine is still a work in progress with almost 1000 persons. It is a public tree so you should be able to view it. It is listed as Robert Hoyle Family Tree. Maybe we could combine a lot of data.
I too want my grandkids to know where they came from and, as you know, families just don't know each other like we used to. It is such a shame and they have missed so much.
If you have photographs of some of the burial sites for our family I would appreciate copies of them. They sound beautiful from your description. I probably will never get to see them since I rarely ever get to Texas.
I understand, from the green book (as I call it because the cover is green), that you are an Illinois transplant. I too am a transplant, via my wonderful wife of over 30 years, to the State of Wisconsin.
The book I referred to is called "German Roots - Texas Growth" "Descendants of Caroline Traybig and George Wassermann" by Jan Wassermann Kelm dated 1989. I do not believe it is in print as she took orders for it when she published it and I believe she only made copies if she had orders. It is spiral bound. I will try to photocopy it for you.
My sister recently gave me a photo album and she identified as many people as she could. I will be scanning the photos and putting them on CD for everyone and would be happy to include you. CD's are cheap, no charge cus. I do sometimes procrastinate so I will not have it done REAL soon but hopefully not to long.
Again, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will send Marie's photograph to you upon receipt.
Look forward to hearing from you again soon.
Michael D. Hoylemdhoyle@gmail.com