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Valentine’s Day anniversary

The Legal Genealogist usually doesn’t do family posts during the week but…

It’s Valentine’s Day.

And not just Valentine’s Day, but the 100th anniversary of an event without which The Legal Genealogist wouldn’t be here.

One hundred years ago today, Hugo Ernst Geissler and Marie Margarethe Nuckel were married at St. Jakobi Church in Bremen, Germany,1 after a civil ceremony at the City Registrar’s Office.2

Happy 100th anniversary to my paternal grandparents!

Their marriage and their later decision to emigrate to the United States — bringing my then three-year-old father along3 — certainly changed the course of my personal history in a big way.

What’s the big Valentine’s Day event in your family?


  1. Heiraten (Marriages), p. 41, nr. 5, Geißler-Nuckel, 14 Feb 1918; Kirchenbuch (Church Book), Evangelische Kirche St. Jakobi, Bremen, Heiraten 1911-1930; FHL INTL microfilm 953,273.
  2. Bescheinigung der Eheschließung (Certificate of Marriage), nr. 135 (1918), Geißler-Nuckel, Standesamt (Registry Office), Bremen.
  3. Manifest, S.S. George Washington, Jan-Feb 1925, p. 59 (stamped), lines 4-6, Geissler family, 4; “New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” digital images, ( : accessed 14 Feb 2018); citing National Archive microfilm publication T715, roll 3605.
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