Lucky me, I have German ancestors on both my maternal and paternal lines! I am currently researching the names SICK and SELL in Schleswig-Holstein, SCHNEIDER in Hessen and KUNDERS (Conard) in North Rhineland - Westphalia. I enjoy doing German research and trying to remember some of the high school German language that I took oh so long ago.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sell Family Photos

The photo on the left is of my great great grandma, Bertha Sick Sell, my grandfather, Maurice Homer "Pat" Lane, and my great grandmother Emma Bertha Anna Sell.  I am not sure when the photo was taken, but my grandfather was born in 1907 (I think!) and so I would guess this is about 1917 or so.

Emma was born on June 14, 1885 in Blackfoot, Idaho.  Her mother, Bertha Sick Sell was born on August 5, 1859 in Neustadt-in-Holstein, Germany.  She immigrated to the United States via New York in 1883, with her husband-to-be, Heinrich "Henry" Sell.  Bertha died November 7, 1922 in Pocatello, Idaho.

The photo at the right is of my great great grandfather, Henry Sell.  Henry was born in February 1860 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.  He married Bertha Sick in Blackfoot, Idaho on May 31, 1884.  Henry was a butcher by trade.  He died on Valentine's Day in 1918.


  1. Hi,
    Gr gr Grandpa Henry sure looks like a fine gentleman. Seems like the 93rd anniversary of his death just passed. I don't think the dog likes posing! I'm blogging about my German ancestors from Transylvania, but originally from Alsace. Drop by some time:

  2. Great pictures. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family!
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  3. I love your great-great grandfather in the top hat! I have a lot of German ancestors too, but haven't delved into German research yet. I'm looking forward to reading your blog. I'm your newest follower. :)