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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Buxtehude, where the dog barks with its tail

Buxtehude, wo der Hund mit dem Schwanz bellt Buxtehude, where the dog barks with its tail by Jerry W. Jaeger Buxtehude is world-famous not only for the fairy tale of the race between the rabbit and the hedgehog, but also for the proverbial saying that Buxtehude is the town "where the dogs bark with their …

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