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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Andrew M. Giersa, son of George L. and Margaret (Groff) Giersa, was born near his present residence, in Franklin County, December 31, 1842. His father was a native of France, born in 1814 and died in Franklin County, Mo., in 1851. He was eighteen years of age when he left his home to come to America with some of his relatives. He settled in St. Louis County, and here remained until 1841, when he moved to Franklin County, Mo; he was a farmer. His wife was born in Franklin County, Mo., September 16, 1821, and died in the same county October 19, 1887. After the death of her husband she married John C. Barrett. To her first marriage were born four children, three now living. The mother of our subject was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South four years previous to her death, although prior to that she was a member of the Baptist Church. Andrew M. had the rudiments of an education in Franklin County, and finished with the best of teachers, experience and general reading, and, being naturally a close observer, is, in truth, a well-informed man. He remained with his mother until 1870, when he made a trip to California only to remain a short time, when he returned to Franklin County, Mo. In 1875 he went to Texas, and after remaining one summer came to the conclusion that his home, in Franklin County, was the best of all. January 6, 1876, he married Miss Malinda Osborn, a native of Franklin County, Mo., and the daughter of William Osborn. When married, Mr. Giersa purchased the farm that he now owns, and this he has greatly improved. Although a Democrat, he has never aspired to hold office. Himself and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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