I'm looking for help in putting together the Blaess story. My father was Norman Leroy Blaess, b.1915 in Boone, IA. His siblings were George, Walter, Lillian, Mae (all deceased), and Raymond (living in Ankeny, IA). My grandfather was Michael Blaess and his father was Fred Blaess. I'm trying to trace this line back to the German region of Alsace. I have been in touch with Robert Blumberg in Australia, grandson of George (his mother, Marilyn, is my cousin). I also previously communicated with Mark Blaess of San Antonio, TX, whose father is Darrell Blaess from Boone. Mark had not heard of any of the above Blaesses, but mentioned having met a Julius Blaess. Any input would be appreciated.