Thus, my own personal genealogy research often gets pushed aside for other things. That's just the way it is.
This afternoon I stole a couple hours for myself. For my sanity.
I spent the little time I had in the Milwaukee City Directories at Ancestry.com. My "research process" went like this:
Open city directory for 1871. Look for Max Baerecke. If I couldn't find him, look under common misspellings Barecke and Barrecke, too. If he was located, enter residence fact, occupation fact and citations into the database. Repeat these steps with each city directory year until I ran out of time.
I was able to find my third-great grandfather, Max Baerecke in the 1871, 1872, 1873, 1875 and 1876 directories so far.
In 1870, the Max Baerecke family lived in Granville, Wisconsin. In 1871, he shows up in the Milwaukee city directory. Now I have narrowed the time frame for when the family moved to Milwaukee.
Max was listed as a saloonkeeper in all of these directories. Given Milwaukee's history, I'm not surprised. However, his residence and saloon addresses were the same. Was that common? Was the saloon the bottom floor and the family lived on top?
The directories also showed the Baerecke family living at three different addresses between 1871-1876. They must have started saloons each time, too.
I know how this story ends, I just haven't put it in the database yet. In my search of Milwaukee newspapers, there are several public collection notices for Max and Amelia Baerecke. They eventually went broke in the saloon business.
Next up, I will continue to look up Max and the other Baereckes in the Milwaukee city directories. This helps me track them and narrow down date ranges for deaths.
Sometimes I feel like the only person in the world researching Baerecke genealogy, and it's lonely out there. But that's a post for another day. Onward.