You're not kidding...small world! Thank you for responding. I am in the process of tracing all the descendants from my grandfather's siblings. There are quite a few in and around Chicago and in St Louis, MO. Please send me your direct e-mail address so I can avoid going through ancestry.com. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a number of cousins in Des Plaines, Chicago and Elgin. Are you located anywhere near any of this locations. My nephew lives in Oswego.
Eva Rossmann, who married Jakob Kappel is the only child of my great uncle Johann "Hans" Rossmann that did not immigrate to the US. I have contacted Eva Kappel Peter through the assistance of cousins in Munich and Landshut, Germany. I am still waiting for a reply since I was told their research has to be translated. It's going on two years now and I am beginning to get a bit impatient. However, I do understand that genealogy does not interest everyone, but if you've been "bitten" you'll understand how addictive this hobby can be. I am not at my home computer since the hard drive crashed some time ago. So I borrow everyone else's when I'm visiting. I'll take a look at what I have assembled and see how you connect. Please keep in touch. I do plan on visiting the Illinois branches when the weather improves and I would certainly enjoy meeting with you. Here is my telephone number if you would like to speak in person 586-777-9578. Leave a message and I'll gladly call you back.