I am just starting to dig into my rich family history.My paternal grandmother was Sophie Kempf-Burke.She was a daughter of Anton Kempf and Sophie Fertig.My records show Sophie Fertig was born in Bavaria, Germany on March 1, 1863.She died Jan. 3, 1915 in Kalamazoo, Mich, at age 51.
She married Anton Kempf on Nov. 27, 1887 in Brooklyn NY.I expect she arrived in the U.S. to get married, as Anton didn't emmigrate from Germany until 1882.
Anton and Sophie had 5 daughters: Sophie (my grandmother), Dorothy, Elizabeth, Mary and Anna.
I have many pictures of Sophie Fertig, including a wedding picture with Anton.I have a picture of a sister to Sophie, who is unnamed.She was married to a Mr. Raub, and the picture shows 4 children to them.
Sophie's father was George Fertig and her mother was Elizabeth Schau (sp?).This was written on an old family bible, and hard to read.
If anyone out there traces into this line of Fertigs, I'd love to hear from you.I'd be more than happy to send copies of pictures.