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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 ...

The Thirteen Colonies Cookbook

You probably have concluded that I have an attraction to "old" cookbooks and cookbooks about "old" food. I have always found the cookbooks are one of the best ways to peak into history and learn about the daily life of our ancestors ... certainly of our female ancestors. I picked up this little gem online for not very much money. It arrived today. I am in love!   The book is unique in that it describes foods and menus from the kitchen of aristocratic women of the late 18th ...

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. Sophia ...

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

Jake and Anna Mueller Wedding Photo

My Grandma Raines' grandparents, Jake and Anna Mueller, were married on October 29, 1895 in Ava, Illinois. This wedding photo was nestled in a box of family portraits that Grandma kept on a shelf above her washing machine ... a likely place for family photos, eh?     Jake is the grandson of Jacob Heinrich Mueller who emigrated from Germany in 1828. Jake was born in 1870 in Turkey Hill, Illinois to Jacob and Dorothea Mueller. He was 88 years old when he died in 1958. Anna ...

52 Ancestors #15: The conundrum of James Lindsay

Piecing together family history from 18th and 19th century published genealogies is like putting together a puzzle with frayed pieces … nothing fits quite as perfectly as you’d like. It seems, at least, that the Lindsay Clan was established well enough in Scotland to merit some record keeping. There are variety of books and publications from ages passed that shed a little light on our origins in both Scotland and America. My favorite Lindsay reference books are listed below and are ...

#TBT Fritz Schuster and Family

My Grandma Raines kept all of the Schuster family photos in a box marked "trophies" on the top shelf of the linen closet.  She would often get it out and show me photos of long lost relatives that were completely foreign to me.  To her, however, they were memories of childhood and stories of the past.  We would sit for hours as she told me story after story.  I was fascinated but much too young to appreciate or even remember most of what she said.  I remember ...

52 Ancestors #10: Philip Schuster arrives in USA

Over 900,000 German men, women and children immigrated to the United States between 1845 and 1855. My 3rd great-grandfather, Philip Friederich Schuster was one of them. Philip was 13 years old when he arrived in New Orleans with his parents and younger sister.  Philip Friederich Schuster was born on September 16, 1838 in Hassloch, Germany to Johannes (1807-1867) and Anna Margarethe (Rieger, 1810-1884) Schuster.  Philip was the middle of three children. Jacob (1833-1911) and Barbara ...