Category Archive: Genealogy

Jan 06

2012 Genealogy Goals

2012 Goal: Keep office organized and neat.

It is here–another New Year and the time to make those dreaded resolutions. After all these years I am not going to stress out about making New Year’s Resolutions that I probably won’t keep anyway. I basically have the same resolution each year: to lose weight. Some years I succeed while the opposite happens other …

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Sep 09

My Great-Great-Grandparents

Frederick, Elizabeth (Schumm) and Clara Schinnerer

I got this idea from another blogger and I thought it would be an interesting list to make. Below is a list of my sixteen great-great-grandparents with their birth, death, and marriage dates and where those events occurred.  Johann Müller, b. 19 Jan 1816, Gerhardsbrunn, Pfalz, Bayern; d. 14 Oct 1870, Bierbach, Bavaria; m. 2 …

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Jul 29

Postmortem Records

Undertaker Bill for Chris Miller, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1911

There were often documents created after an individual’s death that may help you with your family research. Don’t overlook these postmortem items. These records may include undertaker’s bills and cemetery monument orders. You may find these records in probate packets, among family papers, in local historical society museums, or among the books and papers of …

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Apr 08

Spring Cleaning

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I am not one for spring cleaning. Our house gets a weekly once over and I usually give it a good cleaning before our family reunion weekend in July, when my cousin stays with us, and around the holidays, when the house is redecorated in fine holiday décor. I used to do spring cleaning, but …

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Feb 18

Unusual Names—We’ve Got ‘Em

Johann Pankratius Schinnerer 1829-1857

Look carefully at this tombstone photo. I’m sure you noticed right away that two names are misspelled. Pankratius Schinnerer is such a common name! Who could possibly misspell it? Yes, some of my ancestors have very unusual names. Most of these uncommon names are in my German lines and are collateral ancestors, not my direct …

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