My grandfather was born in Radautz, Romania, in the late 19th century. His last name was Gärtner (sometimes spelled Gaertner), which he anglicized to Gardner upon immigrating to the U.S.
Around the time of my grandfather’s birth, in the same small city, Heinrich Gärtner was born. Could they have been cousins? Heinrich was prominent in the Berlin film industry, until he wisely left for Spain in the 30s. He was a well known cinematographer in Spain under the name Enrique Guerner.
I’d like to know if there’s a family connection between us U.S. Gardners and Heinrich and his descendants. If anyone has information, please let me know.