Thank you Phyl for the website! I'm so glad to have the documentation! I found some nice records there and look forward to finding more!
I had an abstract of George's parent's marriage certificate, but I'm glad to have a copy of the real thing. I have 11 variations on George's father's name, including Werner, Warner and Horner, and variations on his first and middle names. I understand that in German, these names are interchangeable. Tracing him is a challenge that I am excited about, especially since my sister found old notes about his travels before his marriage.
I checked the birth records for George's sisters, Mary and my dear Great-Aunt Alma, and his mother Augusta, but could not find them. Any suggestions? Their records should fall within the dates included. I understand Alma was the youngest of the three children, born around 1893, according to the 1920 census. According to the same census and her death certificate, Mary was born May 17, 1886. His mother was born December 21, 1859 in Benwood, Marshall, WV, according to her death certificate.
I, too, noticed that Augusta's father used a variation of the name Lorenz, including Lawrence, Gorentz, Lorentz, Lorene and Lorente. These show up on his Civil War Pension records and his children's death certificates. I do not yet know how to trace his path back to Germany.