June 3, 2021
Several months ago, a friend from Florence, Missouri, asked if I knew about the deaths of three women in the United Church of Christ Cemetery. All three had been married but died as young wives. She wondered if I knew their stories. I knew one, and immediately went to work on the other two. … Continue reading "Three Young Women, Gone Too Soon"
June 2, 2021
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved postcards. I think my ancestors instilled in me a desire to travel and in previous centuries getting a postcard in the mail allowed one to get a glimpse of that faraway place. I have postcards sent to me decades ago from far flung places … Continue reading "A Giant Pickle and a Lady “Waiting” for Him"
June 1, 2021
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 11th of the same year, … Continue reading "Celebrating John Peter’s 200th"
March 23, 2020 A Different View of Writing Your History As we try to breakup the monotony of these days at home, try this little exercise: make a record of your every day life now, today. You need not write your life story with data and nothing else. Instead, consider what matters to you and write about that. … Continue reading "Fifteen Things: Your List for Today"
April 12, 2019
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 … Continue reading "A Day of Remembrance"
April 1, 2019
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"
November 19, 2018
Roma Clara Josephine Rasa Siegel (1909-1988) was my maternal grandmother. She passed away when I was a senior in high school but has nevertheless remained a presence in my life for a number of reasons. The biggest reason, perhaps, is that I’m fascinated with her life story.
Roma grew up in a small town, the … Continue reading "Roma"
Although he was born Lewis Arthur Mothersbaugh (1875-1941), our family knew him affectionately as “Uncle Bud.” Bud was married to my great-grand aunt, Maria Magdalena Raiffeisen. I never had the chance to meet him but I have gotten to know him through my grandmother Roma Siegel (1909-1988). As we sifted through Roma’s possessions following her … Continue reading "Uncle Bud (Part 1)"