Today I contacted the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato, Minnesota. They have a copy of a will for Alexander Lenertz that was filed October 4, 1879. My ggg grandfather Alexander Lenertz died in August of 1879. I'm hoping this is his will.
I also ordered 6 death certificates from the Minnesota Historical Society. The web site is set up like Amazon: just put the records in your shopping cart and go. I wish all out-of-state repositories were this easy.
These death certificates are (hopefully) for six of Alexander Lenertz's 10 children. If I'm lucky, one or more of these records will give a hint to where the family came from in Luxembourg.
John Benjamin Lenertz was Alexander's third child and eldest son. He was my great-great grandfather. He's buried in Oklahoma, but the state can find no death certificate for him. John left Minnesota and raised two kids in Oklahoma. The family got smaller with the next generation and moved father away. Now there is no current connection to Minnesota and I've been trying to piece the Lenertz puzzle blindfolded. That's why I'm hanging my hopes on these coming Minnesota death certificates.