Celebrating the Basque roots in my family tree
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 — I suspect my family’s history, like that of many Americans, contains a rich mixture from a variety of different cultures.
My maternal great-grandfather came from Germany in the 1880s and settled in a town called Azel a few miles outside Ft. Worth, Texas. I’ve tried to trace the family line back through the Fatherland, but my great-grandfather came from Dresden, a city mostly destroyed and burned to the ground by 1,300 British and American bombers that rained nearly 4,000 tons of bombs and incendiaries on the city during a three-day period in February 1945. I’ve been told the city’s genealogical records are hard to come by, although some Germans say I might be able to find more information if I traveled to Dresden myself.