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Carrick man seeks mystery relatives in North Hills

Wednesday, June 13, 2001

By Jonathan Barnes

Clair Wingertsahn is looking for some long-lost relatives -- so long-lost he never did get their last names.

For help, he's looking to the hills -- the North Hills, where a distant branch of his family has roots.

While doing research into his family history about 15 years ago, Wingertsahn, of Carrick, put out a call through his extended family for photos and other family memorabilia. He got a great deal of material.

With his family history as complete as he is likely to get it, Wingertsahn would like to return some childhood photos of three young girls taken 30 to 40 years ago. The pictures came to him without return addresses.

The photos are of three little girls born in the 1950s and 1960s, and include Easter and school pictures. The girls are apparently named Cheri, Cindy and Cathy. An inscription on the back of one of the pictures says "To Pap Pap Wingerson."

Nobody in Wingertsahn's family can identify the girls.

Wingertsahn traced his family's roots to Offenbach, Germany, in the 1700s. Two Wingertsahn brothers emigrated to the United States in the 1860s and settled in Mount Washington.

One brother's family eventually moved to the North Side, then to Shaler. They also Anglicized their name to "Wingerson."

Wingertsahn has about a dozen old photos of the girls. He figures they would be in their 40s or 50s by now.

Anyone wishing to contact Wingertsahn can write him at P.O. Box 812, Bethel Park 15102

Jonathan Barnes is a free-lance writer.

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