I have been passionate about genealogy for a long time. Of us four siblings, I am the one who got the box of pictures after my parents died. I am fortunate that my mother was a genealogist and spent many hours writing letters and interviewing relatives. I joined her on many of her travels.
Regrettably, however, I did not catch the ‘genealogy bug’ at that time. Afterwards, of course, I had many questions and my parents were gone. But my mother left me with a very solid starting point. Since then, I have really enjoyed studying my family’s history. I am learning so much about myself. I am not a professionally trained genealogist. I am self-taught.
I am blessed to be able to work at a small branch of the local library. They are letting me teach genealogy classes. So far, my Let’s Start-Mapping and Let’s Start-Writing classes have been very popular. I will be re-presenting them again this fall and will share some of my adventures with you.
Please join me on my journey as I learn and explore. Maybe you will share your journey with me as well. Thanks for stopping by.
I am researching these family names:
Sailer/Sayler, Kautz, Sauer, Truck, Bier, Schwenck, Kugler, Gansslin Meyer, Zoll, Dauserin, Link, Trautman,
Siegenthaler, Zuercher/Zurcher, Bieri, Simon, Wasmer
Koster/Koester, Witt, Peters, Luethjen
Wickman, Fitzgibbon, Collins, Kaufmann, Marrata/Marrote, Marstellar
I am researching in the areas of:
Odessa, South Russia (Worms, Johannestahl. Rohrbach, Lichtenfeld)
North Dakota (Wishek, Zeeland, Kramer, Russell, Newburg, Bottineau)
South Dakota (Artus, Eureka)
Germany (Dornstetten Wurtemberg; Kassel, Tarnewitz)
My sister thought I needed a commercial, so here it is.
Thought I’d check in again with a little article about Susie, the creator of this blog, and her Genealogy Journey. She has shared a little with you about her getting started with Genealogy when our mother passed away, and she inherited all of the pictures. Mom had, as Susie mentioned, created a genealogy book for each of us 4 children, including pictures, dates, and stories, reflecting all of the amazing work she had accomplished.
Fortunately for our family, Susie got the bug and dived into continuing the work, expanding on what Mom had done. I watched as Susie went through a lot of the headaches most of you genealogists go through, trying to find resources, get in touch with relatives, find documents to validate dates and facts. She loves history and doesn’t mind all of that research, which doesn’t appeal to me at all. But the stories she came up with along the way, are really quite fascinating.
Like most of you, she had to come up with some way to keep all of her information in some organized manner. A few years ago, she went digital, and input all of the data she had up to that time. Because her passion in her Genealogy Journey is the stories of thepeople, she put a lot of work into researching and creating that piece for at least the closest people in the relation. So, she now has documented stories for our mother and father, that are quite incredible, and include pictures and documentation as well. These“books” she has created truly bring to life the lives our parents lived. As she said in one of her earlier blogs, our histories don’t get told unless our families tell them. She has been
able to document for all time, what great people our parents were, and the amazing lives they lived.
In addition to that, Susie likes to delve deeper into the history of the times and events our ancestors lived through. In line with that passion, she was able to find the name of the actual ship our people sailed on to get to America, and has been researching the trains that brought our people across country, finally ending up mostly in the Dakotas. The depth these bits of history add to our family history is so fascinating. It’s so much more than just names and dates. These bits of history make these ancestors seem so much more real, and, like Susie says, their experiences contribute to the people we are today.
I know Susie has a passion for sharing what she has learned along her Genealogy Journey, especially in the area of “writing the story” for the people in your family. I hope you will continue to follow her blog and take advantage of what she has to share along the way.”