52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Gratitude

Gratitude If you want to see an example of gratitude, look at a dog. You give them food and shelter and they thank you with love and loyalty. Dogs are everywhere on farms and ranches. Any farmer knows the importance of having a good dog. But they serve a much greater purpose than just being …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Back to School

The Winedale School, taken sometime between 1907 and 1914 Research of the Winedale School building, presently located at the Winedale Historical Complex in Round Top, Texas, brings us back to three of the original pioneer families who settled in the Winedale community. They are the John Burkhardt family, brothers Heinrich and Martin Mayer, and the …

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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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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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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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