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 ...
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.
How to make Spaetzle
I remember the first time I saw my mom make spaetzle ... I wasn't quite a teenager ... and I wondered what I had done to deserve such punishment! Spaetzle wasn't something I was overly fond of as a kid, I much preferred spaghetti and meatballs as my pasta of choice. I wasn't old enough to appreciate the German squiggly pasta or the tradition it represented in my family.
Both of my parents have strong German roots ... ancestors from both sides came to the USA by way of the southwestern part ...