I recently came across my grandmother’s file of papers from my parents’ wedding. The costs of the cakes, reception food and drink, and dress were all in this file along with the lists of presents received at the shower and wedding. Then again was a list of invitees and attendees. All three interesting lists, who was invited, who sent gifts and who came to actual ceremony.
Wedding Guest or Gift Lists
Then I really read the lists and noticed, a lot of second cousins were invited, but of course not all of them. Which started me wondering, was there a missing page, or were some branches just closer than others and which ones. Could I identify all the relatives invited to the wedding? Could I divide the list into relatives, friends and neighbors of the bride and groom?
I have researched the descendants of Balthaser Henritze and Dorothea (Rapp) Henritze, Jacob Breitenstein and Margaret (Gerber) Breitenstein, and Edward King and Elizabeth (Nichols) King all down to the present. I done a great deal of work on the Coogle family from Hardin Co. Kentucky, but I have not researched John Armstrong and Marianne (Sheridan) Armstrong of County Cavan, Ireland, down to the present, only the family of one of their grandsons, William Garrett Armstrong and Flora Anna (Coogle) Armstrong. So any unknown relatives may come from the Armstrong side. There are relatives from the Steinmetz, Breitenstein, Armstrong, Coogle, Henritze, King, and Sherwood lines on these lists, but would any farther away than second cousins have been invited?
Forget how many people are in how family tree, forget how many ancestors you have accumulated, how many generations you can go back, and concentrate on how many second cousins did each of your parents and grandparents have?