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Celebrating John Peter’s 200th

All hail and sing happy birthday! Today is the 200th birthday of Johan (Johannes or John) Peter Siegel, my two times great grandfather. Johan was born on June 1, 1821, in Rüscheid, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany (Prussia), the son of Anna Margaretha (Bur) and Johann Peter Seigel. He was baptized on June

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Cousin Bailey: “I hate to claim it, we are kin!”

Last week the call came that I had been expecting for some time; my oldest living relative Bailey had passed away. He would have been 95 on his next birthday. He was my grandmother Grace Valentine Kembel Spencer’s first cousin. Bailey’s Mom Nancy [“Nannie”] was Grace’s father Robert’s sister.

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Bucket Trucks & America

This morning I read an email from a fellow genealogist Thomas MacEntee.  He said “Don’t give up on 2020” and explained how even in these uncertain times we should stay positive.  I couldn’t agree more! While the world seems so negative around us, we need to find and share hope

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Today’s Gift from Charlotte

I awoke this morning with the thought that genealogy is a gift.  The trials and perseverance of our ancestors can inform, entertain, sadden, bring joy, and perhaps engender resilience in us.  How? Knowing those that walked before us survived pestilence and war during their lifetimes can open our eyes to

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David Leong: A Prosperous Life {1920-2020}

In 2018 there were fifty four Chinese restaurants in Springfield, Missouri; each and every one of which owes its existence to one man: David Leong.[1]  I have blogged in the past about David Leong and his family’s restaurant Leong’s Asian Diner in Springfield, Missouri.  One week ago today Wing Yin

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Roma Clara Josephine and a Lesson for Today

July 6th is the 111th anniversary of the birth of Roma Clara Josephine Rasa, my maternal grandmother.  She was born in Florence, Missouri to Fred H. and Lena (Tieman) Rasa.  At her birth her family lived on the main street of the Florence community not far from the crossroads were

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Do you have an ancestor who served in the military during WWI or WWII? You might check to see if a local photographic studio took photos of men and women before they left. Many did. Photographic studios may have left their photographs and records to a museum, library or historical organization. Check the hometown business resources!  #familybusiness #familybusinessresearch #smalltownresearch #historicalphotos #wwi #wwⅱ #newspaperresearch #oldnewspapers #newspapersdotcom #oldphotos

Do you have an ancestor who served in the military during WWI or WWII? You might check to see if a local photographic studio took photos of men and women before they left. Many did. Photographic studios may have left their photographs and records to a museum, library or historical organization. Check the hometown business resources! #familybusiness #familybusinessresearch #smalltownresearch #historicalphotos #wwi #wwⅱ #newspaperresearch #oldnewspapers #newspapersdotcom #oldphotos ...

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Grace Valentine Kembel Spencer on the right side with (I think ) one of her sisters holding kittens ca. 1932. 🐈‍⬛ #romamarygrace #gracekembel #kembel #lacledecountyhistory #nebomissouri #oldphotographs #familyhistory

Grace Valentine Kembel Spencer on the right side with (I think ) one of her sisters holding kittens ca. 1932. 🐈‍⬛ #romamarygrace #gracekembel #kembel #lacledecountyhistory #nebomissouri #oldphotographs #familyhistory ...

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Have you searched newspapers for your ancestors? Sometimes we get lucky and find a photo of them as the subject of a human interest story. This is Grace (Kembel) Spencer showing off her blooming amaryllis. ❤️ The source is Grace’s hometown paper the Tipton Times, December 13, 1984, from newspapers.com.  #tiptonmo #tiptontimes #grace #newspapers #dot #newspapersdotcom #RMG

Have you searched newspapers for your ancestors? Sometimes we get lucky and find a photo of them as the subject of a human interest story. This is Grace (Kembel) Spencer showing off her blooming amaryllis. ❤️ The source is Grace’s hometown paper the Tipton Times, December 13, 1984, from newspapers.com. #tiptonmo #tiptontimes #grace #newspapers #dot #newspapersdotcom #RMG ...

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The Raiffeisens in America including my great grandmother Charlotte. I’m working on a blog post now about her brother Julius.

The Raiffeisens in America including my great grandmother Charlotte. I’m working on a blog post now about her brother Julius. ...

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Happy 116th wedding anniversary to great grandpa and grandma Robert and Alice (Adams) Kembel. This is the earliest photo I have of them after the first two children Hazel and Wilma were born. It would be a few years before Grace, the fourth of their nine children.

Happy 116th wedding anniversary to great grandpa and grandma Robert and Alice (Adams) Kembel. This is the earliest photo I have of them after the first two children Hazel and Wilma were born. It would be a few years before Grace, the fourth of their nine children. ...

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Good to know that our ancestors had bad hair days too…even when their photo was being taken for the county atlas! Bet he wasn’t thinking, “Gee, I might need to comb this crazy so my descendants (and total strangers) don’t see me this way 150 years from now.”

Good to know that our ancestors had bad hair days too…even when their photo was being taken for the county atlas! Bet he wasn’t thinking, “Gee, I might need to comb this crazy so my descendants (and total strangers) don’t see me this way 150 years from now.” ...

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Newspaper research can provide a lens into your ancestor’s life including what they ate and drank. Soft drink 7 Up was developed by a St. Louis man named Charles Leiper Grigg. Grigg’s originally named his lemon-lime soda “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda.” It was released in mid-October 1929, two weeks before the stock market crashed, marking the beginning of the Great Depression. #brandhistory #7up @newspaperscom #americanhistory #genealogy #materialculture #newspaperresearch

Newspaper research can provide a lens into your ancestor’s life including what they ate and drank. Soft drink 7 Up was developed by a St. Louis man named Charles Leiper Grigg. Grigg’s originally named his lemon-lime soda “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda.” It was released in mid-October 1929, two weeks before the stock market crashed, marking the beginning of the Great Depression. #brandhistory #7up @newspaperscom #americanhistory #genealogy #materialculture #newspaperresearch ...

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In my latest blog post, I look back at 2023 and hint at what is to come in 2024. Check it out!
https://romamarygrace.com/genealogy-ten-years-on/

In my latest blog post, I look back at 2023 and hint at what is to come in 2024. Check it out!
https://romamarygrace.com/genealogy-ten-years-on/
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Happy New Year from 100 years ago! Here’s to a healthy 2024 filled with peace and joy!

Happy New Year from 100 years ago! Here’s to a healthy 2024 filled with peace and joy! ...

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