52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Strong Women

Strong Women In The History of Early Pioneer Families of Winedale, vol II, Grandpa Henry writes: “When (our foremothers) came to America, they had very little food, clothing, and shelter. They built log houses for shelter and open fires for warmth in winter…. they had back-breaking household chores and many worked along with their husbands raising …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Nearly Forgotten

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 grave closest …

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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

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 in Port …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: The Long Line

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 Genealogy Library …

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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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