By: Carol Jean Martin

Recently I have been sorting through family photographs, letters, cards, and writings dating back to the 1900s. Among them are pictures of my dad’s father and an uncle of my mother’s.
My dad’s family had been in the United States of America since the 1740s. They were of the Scotch-Irish descent and some English. The families were citizens and had a rich history in the states. My mother’s family immigrated to the United States in the 1880s. My mother’s father’s side were German. Her mother’s side was of French descent.

What I knew was that the uncle of my mother’s had the given name of Fritz. But as I read the writing under pictures in the album or in a letter written after WWI he was called Fred. Why? It finally dawned on me. He was a German who was a citizen of the USA and changed his name to Fred in order to fit in with the Americanization of his name. Just as the family had Americanized their last name from Lemprecht to Lembright.

What I noted...