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 two stores and the town … Continue reading “Roma Clara Josephine and a Lesson for Today”

I dream of family history…

2019 was a great year for me.  It seemed fast and furious with sixteen preservation projects including cemeteries, downtown districts, schools, apartments, banks and business houses. I get excited when I see the history of a place come alive and it helps me to imagine what life was like on this street, in this building … Continue reading “I dream of family history…”

Four Families, Three Generations and Two “Strangers”

(back to front, left to right) Ida Marie Siegel (1886-1974), Maria Magdalena (Raiffeisen) Mothersbaugh (1869-1948), Lewis Arthur  Mothersbaugh (1875-1941), John Richardson (1867-1951), Lillie Ionia (Mothersbaugh) Richardson (1871-1929), unknown, W. Peter Siegel (1858-1938), Charlotte (Schupp) Raiffeisen (1832-1911), Marie Charlotte (Raiffeisen) Siegel (1861-1924), Amalia Raiffeisen (1868-1950), unknown, Edna Louise (Siegel) Vieth (1896-1974), Florentine Magdalene Siegel (1894-1974), two unknown girls, … Continue reading “Four Families, Three Generations and Two “Strangers””

A Day of Remembrance

Today is a special day for me and for Roma Mary Grace.  Thirty-one years ago today Roma Clara Josephine Rasa Siegel left the physical world and became a guardian angel.  She was a mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend to many.  To me she was an inspiration and since that day I have often felt her … Continue reading “A Day of Remembrance”

Influenza, Mary and Me

I always thought that successful genealogists would get to talk about their own family.  Tonight I got the opportunity to do just that.  I spoke to the Ozarks Genealogical Society about the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic; a topic for which I have great passion.  But tonight was more than just an issue, it was about family.  … Continue reading “Influenza, Mary and Me”