Bob, This is your uncle Ed. Your grandfather's name was Gerhard Emil, not Gerald. He was born in Jena Germany in 1914. I have gone to Jena and traced the family name back to 1834. If you'll drop me a note I'll get that information to you. In fact, I have posted it to Familytree.com. You can go there and download. It does however include the Irish half of my family on my mother's side. The Weidig part is intersting however. I plan on going back to Jena sometime in the next couple of years to trace further. Let me know if you need more.