Apple Jack Rumtopf in the Midwest
My mom frequently talks about rum pots that the old German women made in the summer months when she was growing up. The traditional German Rumtopf (rum pot) is a concoction of fruit - berries work great - soaked in sugar and rum. The fruit is then used to top ice cream or cakes and the rum is ... well ... consumed. Apparently, in mom's neighborhood, the rum was consumed, then more was poured over the berries ... and repeated all summer long!
I like rum, but I like whisky more. I've been ...
Grandma Schuster’s Recipes
I initially had trouble deciding about whom to write given the week 9 52 ancestors theme, Close to Home. I live in the same area where my ancestors on all sides have lived for as many as 200 years ... so everyone is close to home.
Then it hit me.
I was moving some books around (I have a lot of those!) and picked up “Grandma's Recipes”, a comb-bound booklet with a faded pink cover that my mother put together in 1988 using Print Shop. Inside are recipes that had been passed down to her ...
Charley Jones, Born October 15th
Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It’s quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week. Week four is "closest to your birthday."
Discovering an ancestor who has a birthday close to mine usually causes me to think a bit more about how life would have been for that person. I'm not really sure why, but it becomes ...
Dora Dietz was one tough cookie!
Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It's quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week.
The theme for 52 Ancestors for week 3 is “strong women”. It's hard for me to pick just one woman in my family … there are many who survived unfathomable experiences. There are women who trekked half-way around the world to ...
St. Peters Cemetery, St. Clair County, IL
I have been fascinated with cemeteries for as long as I can remember. It feels a little morbid, but there is great history lurking among the grave markers! I've wandered through my fair share of cemeteries, too ... sometimes just to imagine the lives of those buried in them.
As the family genealogy nut (one of them, anyway), I've often visited a specific cemetery to document family history. Such was the case when JD and I visited St. Peters Cemetery in St. Clair County, ...
52 Ancestors #30: From Germany to Mud Creek, Illinois
As I continue to answer the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” challenge set forth by Amy Johnson Crow over at “No Story Too Small”, I find myself doing more and more research on ancestors I know very little about. I’m determined to make it to number 52, but I think it’s going to take longer than 52 weeks!
I’ve been working on my Grandma Raines’ line these last few weeks. Earlier this week, I made a bit of a breakthrough and traced Grandma’s own great grandmother’s (Louisa ...
52 Ancestors #27: Sophia Arnold of Lenzburg, Illinois
Sophia Fredericka Arnold was barely 6 months old when she arrived in New York on June 19, 1843 from Hamburg, Germany. She came to America with her parents, Leonard and Christine; two sisters Katharine and Barbara; and a brother, George. Sophia is my maternal 3rd great grandmother.
While the Arnold family is found on the Sir Isaac Newton passenger list, this contradicts local lore that the family arrived in New Orleans and traveled up the Mississippi River to Illinois.
Map of Germany
If you have Germany ancestors and need help figuring out where - on the map - they originated, this is a great resource! Personally, I can never remember where the different political divisions (Länder) are without looking.
Map from PlanetWare.com