Monthly Archives: August 2011

Max Doerflinger’s Birth & Baptism Certificate

Today’s topic is the birth certificate and the baptismal certificate for my maternal grandfather, Maximillian Adolf Doerflinger.  Maximillian was born on March 14, 1908 in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana.  He married Margaret Janice Harney in Seattle, King County, Washington on 12 June 1934.  Maximillian and Margaret had six children: Eugene William Doerflinger (1935-1961), Donald Doerflinger (1938-2007), Sharon Doerflinger (1959-2010), and three children who are still living.

From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog
From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

Both of these certificates were found in a dark green metal box that belonged to my mother.  In July of 2010, after my mom had passed away, my aunt and cousin came from Seattle, Washington to visit.  My mom and I had stored a few things in the basement of their home before we moved and while we had every intention of going to get the stuff, we never did.  So my aunt and cousin brought a few random boxes down for me.

I honestly did not even remember ever seeing the green box and I was skeptical as to what could be in it that was so important that we didn’t need it for 10 years.  When I opened it, it was like opening a genealogical treasure chest.  I still can’t believe that my mom never mentioned these records to me.  Maybe she forgot she even had them.  Either way, I love that I have these records.