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 Henry and Mayme Gimbel Family

Henry and Mamie Gimbel, 50th Anniversary
Henry and Mayme Gimbel and Family, 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1961

Family History, Pictures, and Documents

Henry A Gimbel
Mayme Renas

Ancestors of:
Henry A Gimbel
Mayme Renas

Descendants of:
Gimbel
Oswald

Renas
Thomas

Dias
Matthews/Matthias

(Also see Find above)

Family Ancestry

The ancestors of Henry Gimbel and Mayme Renas immigrated to California from Hesse, Alsace, and the Azores, starting about 1854. The eldest Gimbel brother moved to Philadelphia and his family expanded there.

This family tree shows the ancestry of Henry Gimbel and Mayme Renas back to immigration to the United States. Also followed are their descendants, and the descendants of their immigrant ancestors in America. Those that married into the family are included, but their ancestry has usually not been researched. There are presently about 1,350 persons past and living persons in this tree.

To Begin

You can begin by exploring the Family Histories and Pictures in the link above

Or begin by browsing the details using using the named links above, or search for a name using Find / Search People above.

The main displays are Individual, Ancestors, and Descendants, selected by the light-blue tabs. The Individual display shows details for a specific person including evidence citations. The Ancestor and Descendant displays show the tree in various formats, so see the choices in the dark-blue menu below the tabs. The Standard format shows as a horizontal tree; the Ahnentafel and Register show more detail in list format. Usually, clicking on a highlighted name goes the the Individual display for that person.

If you are not logged in as a family member, first names of living persons are given as initials only, details are not displayed, and searches will not find living names. Women are listed by their birth name. To search by married name, search only on the first name, or specify her spouse's surname and gender in the Advanced Search form.

The "Family Tree"

A "family tree" represents the personal relationship of child to parents branching back in time from an individual to all direct ancestors, not just those of the family surname.  Also the tree branches down from each ancestor, descending through their children to their children's children. Along the way, marriages associate people from other families. After several generations, some descendants may marry back into another descending line of their ancestors.

A genealogy is deduced from documented evidence. Evidence includes family records, photographs, historical publications, official records, Federal Censuses, and much more. Such sources not only help establish the fact of the family relationships, but give hints as to the life and times of each person. Caution and circumspection are necessary in evaluating evidence, see Evidence Notes below. There will always be parts of the tree that cannot be fully justified by the available evidence.

Discovering the family tree is like a jigsaw puzzle, where some pieces are not cut correctly, some are missing, and some that fit are not actually from this puzzle. Each piece of evidence is a piece of this puzzle (or not). So the process is to find pieces that fit, but also to test other pieces so that you know they are not part of your puzzle! Another danger is that the pile you are looking in does not have the all pieces you need, giving the false impression that the pieces you do find should fit.

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