Hi Elana, I was looking over the Feist genforum and yours attracted my attention. My Greatgrandmother was Louise Feist. According to what my mother told me, Louise was born in Alsace-Lorraine. Census information says she was born about about 1850 in "Elsap, Germany", wherever that is. She married my Greatgrandfather John Loss July 6, 1865 in DuPage County, Illinois. Greatgrandfather John Loss was born about 1834 in "Alsace, France" according to census records. They had 5 children, Frank, Anna, Louise, Tilla, and my Grandfather Edward Joseph. She also had "one miscarriage in 1880". Louise did not speak or write english. I know very little else about my Mother's grandparents. If you or anyone can help, I'd be grateful.