Often when events occur that change our world we remember where we were and what we were doing. I distinctly remember the events of November 9, 1989 – the night the Berlin Wall fell. I was an undergrad at the University of Missouri in Columbia. I was taking political science classes and we were … Continue reading "The night the wall came down"
Big news today in the world of historical and genealogical research: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA, archives.gov) has added Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to its search engine. According to NARA OCR will affect the NARA Catalog’s JPG or PDF format records added since June 2019. NARA is still determining how to retroactively … Continue reading "OCR, Our Friend…Most of the Time"
(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 … Continue reading "Four Families, Three Generations and Two “Strangers”"
As we experience the 75th anniversary of the day the Allied Forces invaded Europe it is worth noting why the day was so vital then and now. The sacrifices of the men that day were monumental. According to the U.S. Army, more than 160,000 men crossed the English Channel to five beaches in Normandy, … Continue reading "D-Day: Why It Matters"
The first time I experienced the Gateway Arch I didn’t really “see” it. My mother was pregnant with your truly the first time she and my father took the elevator to the top. The Gateway Arch, finished in 1965 was still a new attraction so when my parents had the opportunity to visit St. Louis in … Continue reading "The Gateway Arch is calling"
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"
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"
As World War I was coming to a close a new enemy threatened the country. We will discuss what happened in the Ozarks and throughout the country with the onslaught of the … Continue reading "Was Your Family Affected by the Influenza Pandemic (1918-1920)?"
One hundred years ago today, on January 17th, 1919, students at the University of Missouri were required to wear masks. Why? Because the scourge of influenza had returned. It was thought the nightmare had ended. The influenza epidemic had surged through the fall of 1918 and had dampened the joy over the end of the … Continue reading "The Unsung Heroes Behind the Masks"
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)"
Part One: The Outbreak
Genealogy is so much more than family trees, records and dates. People’s lives are shaped by the events of their time. One such event is the Spanish Influenza Pandemic. The disease took on many names including “Spanish Influenza,” “Spanish Lady,” “La Grippe” or simply the “Grip.” While it affected virtually every … Continue reading "Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918-1920 Pandemic"
Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and the US Government Response. Lecture at the National World War One Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri, 12 August 2018.
Blog post Unsung Heroes detailing the actions of nursing students from University of Missouri during the Influenza epidemic.