Today’s Gift from Charlotte

August 5, 2020

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 through pestilence and war during their lifetimes can open our eyes to the simple fact: humans … Continue reading "Today’s Gift from Charlotte"

I dream of family history…

January 12, 2020

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”

June 22, 2019 Gathering at the Raiffeisen / Mothersbaugh House ca. 1910, Syracuse, (Morgan County) MO

(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”"

Influenza, Mary and Me

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"

Prussia, Prussia, Prussia

February 25, 2019

I am one of those people who love to see what happened on this day in history.  I often wonder did something happen of global importance or something seemingly minor in the life of one of my ancestors that changed his or her – or even my destiny? Today there one event is of particular … Continue reading "Prussia, Prussia, Prussia"