Most of my ancestors were Catholic. During my research, the church records have provided myself with records far more extensive than any civil record. In some cases, civil records don't exist where church records provide answers. Anyway, I have one ancestor (Antoine Andermann) that ALL records ONLY list first name - civil or church. He was married in Catholic church, built Catholic chapel, lived on church property with his wife & their children, buried in Catholic cemetery. He seemed to be close to the local priest who recorded all the church records so I feel confident that the priest would have known his Christian middle name if he had one but it is not documented anywhere. So, I was wondering if he could have been an orphan back in Europe. He was quite literate for a carpenter so I am wondering if he could have been raised by nuns or priests since clergy in the early to mid 1800s seemed to be educated more than average folk. Years of research & we have never found mention of anything other then a first name and no mention of his parents either.