52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Nearly Forgotten

Week 9: Nearly Forgotten If you have ever visited the cemetery and walked around the historic Witte section, you may have noticed three small graves in the Naegeli area which at first glance appear unmarked. But if you get down and look carefully, you will find the initials “MN” carved into the stone outlining the …

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Why Genealogy is Important

The following is from Amy Johnson Crow. She's the genealogist who has inspired me to begin researching our family. Check her out at http://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com "I probably don't have to convince you of the importance of genealogy and family history. But I'd like to share my reasons for why I think it is.Genealogy is an incredible …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Favorite Photo

Week 8: Favorite Photo Everyone has a favorite photo. Sometimes it’s a recent family portrait and other times it’s a snapshot of your new car. For my mother, Jeanette (Jaeger) Zemanek, one of her favorites is that of her grandfather, Henry Jaeger Sr., sitting with his grandchildren on the front porch of the Jaeger home …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: The Long Line

Week 6: The Long Line   Some of you may know that Henry C. Jaeger Jr. ("Popo" to those of us in a certain generation) was a genealogy and history enthusiast. In addition to collecting and cataloging photographs and obituaries, he published two books which are available on this website as well as the Clayton …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Same Name

Until about twenty years ago the gravel roads in Burton had simple names. The Jaegers lived on County Road 12. The Mayers lived on County Road 12. The Dubes did as well. But everyone knew where everyone else lived. My mother Jeanette Zemanek shared how she and a friend would write letters during the summer …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: New Beginnings

One of my resolutions this year is to participate in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. This activity, instituted by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, is designed to give amateur genealogists like myself a way to share their research. Each week, participants are provided with a prompt to guide them in writing a biography or short story …

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Documenting History

The JWHCA is currently working on creating biographies for all of the individuals buried in the lower Witte section. If you are a descendant of or have information about the Witte, Hagedorn, or von Bieberstein families, please contact us at g.zemanek.1@gmail.com. You may also comment on this post with whatever information you have. Thanks!

Rest in Peace, or, The Funeral That Never Was

Henry and his sister Mede, circa 1912 Life on a farm allows one to share completely in the fullness of life. Crops grow, animals are born, and families increase. But along with life comes loss. Crops wither, animals die, and family members pass away. Children, along with their parents, attend funerals and witness the rites …

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