Friday, March 27, 2015

Family Reunions

This summer I will be heading out west with my husband for the Schwiebert Family Reunion. This event happens every five years and alternates between Kirchwalsede Germany and somewhere in the US usually some spot in north western Ohio. Not this year. No sir! We are headin' for Pasadena, CA.

Schwieberts from all over the world attend the reunions and it is so interesting to meet new cousins and catch up with old cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. My direct line is through my grandmother Lydia Schwiebert Burke. Her parents, Fred and Emma (Freytag) Schwiebert lived in Deshler, OH.

Both of their parents immigrated to Ohio from Germany and both were born in Ohio. They had 12 children all but one reaching adulthood. I have two children and cannot possibly imagine having 12 are you kidding?

While attending the reunion in 2010 in Kirchwalsede Germany we stayed at the fabulous Green Hunter Hotel or Zum Grünen Jäger which was very close to the lovely church my Schwiebert ancestors built St. Bartholomew. We got a nice coffee mug with a painting of the church on it as a souvenir.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Church Record Sunday - Where do you belong?

Last  week I headed out to Salt Lake City with my partner in genealogy crime and attended the Roots Tech conference. What a great experience. I learned quite a bit at  the tech classes and got to spend two full days at the Family History Library researching my family. Last year we attended the National Genealogy Society conference and I have to say, if you have not attended a genealogy conference of any kind, get out there and sign up for one.

One of the things I was researching in the library was church records. I did not find anything that would actually help my search but just learning about the churches in the area where my ancestors lived was fascinating. After returning home I continued filing my records in my binder and happened upon my grandmothers Certificate of  Membership to the Presbyterian Church of Ameagle in West Virginia.

This document answers questions and creates more, don't they all?. I  learned that my grandmother joined on the 6th of April in the year 1947 but I don't know how active she was at church. I saw that it was only her name on the certificate so I wondered if my grandfather joined also and had his own certificate or if she joined alone, which is what I suspected. I have the name of the church and I have the name of the Pastor but not the location of the church.

Now talking to my mother, and yes I am lucky I have someone who might have the answers I seek, I found that my Grandmother joined alone and became quite active in the church. I also learned that the church was located beside the Dr. office and across the street from the company store which had a soda fountain in the basement. This was a coal mining town and they had company stores for the workers and their families.  I also learned that my grandmother was a member of two women's groups at this church. The Willing Workers and the Missionary Society. One or both of these groups had a Hat Party once a year. Looks like they had a good time at these hat parties!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Genealogy Do Over Week Three

This is the week where we take the information from "the Interview" and start the research. I am very excited to do it right from the beginning this time and get all the citations in my log. My next step is starting over with my My Heritage family tree. There are lots of names in there that are not proven and I just want to start it from scratch and this is my big chance.

How hard is it to delete people in your tree? SUPER HARD! I look at one and think "oh I should keep him I know everything is true" UGH! It is really hard to be disciplined about starting over. I have everyone on a tree in Ancestry so what is my problem in deleting them in My Heritage? I am sure you all understand and sympathize with me, thank you.

I will end this post and head right over to Deleteville and begin ancestor removal. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Do Over or Go Over, make the commitment!

When I first saw this on Dear Myrtle's Google+ post I was all in! I quickly went to Thomas MacEntee's page to read all about it. The Genealogy Do Over

Then I had to sit back and think about it. How much work was this going to be for me (who in all honesty can let things slide). So I read a little further and it really made sense to me. I have quite a few ancestors in my tree that may or may not be related. This exercise might get all this back on track, organized and proved.

Then I saw the option of the Go Over, yes! Easy way out. I had to ask myself if this was going to be my answer once again. Take the less challenging road. No, this is going to the be the year for really getting out of the "easy road" rut and do things fully, all the way, no ifs ands or buts! I am all in for the Genealogy Do Over. And darn if it didn't start yesterday.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Learn a Little, Learn a Lot

My paternal grandparents DeWayne and Lydia Burke were both teachers and my mother was a teacher and they all taught me that you never stop learning. I have been trying to add more knowledge to the old brain these days by listening to some fantastic podcasts. I love this way of learning. I just turn one on while I am driving or cleaning and BAM! learn something. To be honest, I don't do a lot of cleaning if I can help it as I would rather be researching something so it's mostly while I am driving or playing solitaire.

My three favorite ones right now are Lisa Luise Cooke's Genealogy Gems PodcastFamily Tree Podcast, and The Genealogy Professional Podcast. All three offer different perspectives and always something I didn't know and can use in my research. I know there are more out there and I have not tried them all but might one day. I would love to hear of other amazing podcasts that might be your favorites.

Here is a photo of my grandparents with my dad as a small child back in the late 1930's. My grandfather taught high school American history and my grandmother taught special education in Bellevue Ohio.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weddings in the past and a wedding in the future

My beautiful daughter will be getting married to an amazing young man next month and with all the wedding hoopla going on I have been pushing my genealogy research to the side. I did manage today to add more documents to the binder and log so at least some progress is happening.

Back to the wedding. While thinking about the upcoming nuptials I thought I might post some photos from our family with newlyweds from the past. Now I do not know who these two couples are but they are from somewhere on my fathers side of the family. This means a bit more digging.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sorting Saturday - the organization changes and continues

As much as I loved my new excel organizing chart it was beginning to be to cumbersome. Two many ancestors which created too many pages since each one had their very own page. Now I am not an expert at excel by any stretch of the imagination but when I think excel should do something I find a way to learn to do it and I did. I made a new chart and I love it. I just hope I don't find anything better.

My original setup was the same page for each ancestor and it looked like this only bigger and with more pages:

My new form is all in one and is much easier to work with. I give each document a code with a letter and number and that is how it is filed in a binder and if it is in the computer that code is attached as well. This helps in not duplicating documents as it seems I have the same ones saved over and over again. Go figure. I did not print out the very first column which has names and spouses listed.