Did you miss the first episode of Finding Your Roots featuring artist Kara Walker, political organizer Donna Brazile and actor Ty Burrell? Well click here to see what you missed. I personally think this was a good episode.
My grandmother told me that her father said that he could use two surnames Penn and Tracey, but what did that mean? I got his birth certificate and it said Frank Edward Penn Tracey, with his parents listed as Charles Tracey and Alice Betsy Augusta Brown. I looked up the wedding certificate, and no luck […]
I printed out my grandfather’s pedigree chart and it looks pretty damn good if I say so myself.
I’ve mentioned before that my great-grandfather, Adrian Zuidweg, Sr. (Adriaan Zuijdweg) owned a fish market when Grandpa was young. In this photo he stands with an unidentified young employee. I found some ads he ran in the Kalamazoo Gazette on Genealogy Bank. This one is from September 16, 1910. This is a pretty fancy ad […]
Time consuming as it may be, tracking the occurrence of a surname overtime in a particular locale can actually be extremely helpful. We want to get to know the nearby families that share the name of our ancestor, especially if they live in the same town, because their records may very well be able to […]
Looking through my computer files (such a mess!), I found an old Word document I thought I’d share with you. When my daughter was 10 she wanted to be a paperdoll centerfold for American Girl magazine. One of the requirements was to interview female living relatives about their childhoods. Her oldest female relative that we […]
Photographs of people, places, and events can be an exceptional aid in our enjoyment of working on our family history. I have in the past written about some of my finds in family pictures. I am the first to say I have had some great luck with obtaining these photographs. Distant cousins and genealogist have […]
In a post called “Who Was Hank Waruf, Kalamazoo Gunsmith?” I wrote about the husband of my great-great-grandmother’s sister, Carrie (Paak) Waruf. The couple owned the resort Ramona Palace and Ramona Park, as well as many cottages and their own home, at Long Lake in Portage, Michigan. In my files I found the brochure for […]
Prior to 1935 or so, I had approximately a dozen ancestors/relatives living in or around Berlin. As they were Jewish, their lives were already extremely difficult and about to become impossible. In the next ten years (from 1935 to 1945), three were murdered in the concentration camps; one died of “natural causes” – he was the…
Back at it! This past week I tried my hand at scrapbooking again.