Monthly Archives: September 2010

Local Treasures in Rural Public Libraries.

The Story County Genealogical Society recently updated their publicity brochure and I spent part of a day delivering some of them to the public libraries in the rural areas of the county. What a delightful experience! Not only was I … Continue reading

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Superior Service

Sometimes while pursuing our ancestral research, we encounter superior service that far exceeds our expectations.  Such was the experience my husband, Jim, and I had recently on a visit to Evergreen Cemetery in Everett, Washington. It’s almost five thousand miles … Continue reading

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A Cool Tool(bar)

I am always hesitant to give up any real estate, on my computer desktop that is.  And the proliferation of toolbars detracts from available space with offering little in return.  However,  the Relatively Curious toolbar, created by Tami Glatz, is … Continue reading

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Effective Long Distance Genealogy

I’m a big proponent of email when it comes to effective communication. In this case it was a message sent by my eight cousin, Hinrich, in Germany seeking some information on a reference in the Wymeer Ortssippenbuch (a compiled family … Continue reading

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Iowa Summer Sunset

The summer sun sets over Iowa. (Photo courtesy of Renee Kiel.) Research indicates my ancestors came from small villages and rural settings in Europe. Once they arrived in Iowa, I wonder if they experienced a sunset like this.  Beautiful. Inspiring. … Continue reading

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Pie and Genealogy “Theory”

Members of our local genealogy group, the Story County Genealogical Society, often go to a local restaurant for a bit of socializing after our meetings.   We talk about lots of things, genealogy included. I have a theory that having a … Continue reading

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No Obvious Sign

After doing some genealogy research in rural Story County, Iowa, I was stopped waiting for traffic on US Highway 69 when a woman in a van pulled up beside me.  “Where is Highway 69?” she asked, a bit frustrated. “Right … Continue reading

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Where It Began (and Continues)

When my aunt Ella Kruse showed this tombstone to me (I was about ten years old) my lifelong interest in genealogy began. Through a whole series of events and adventures, about six years ago I connected with Anke and Hinrich … Continue reading

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Google Earth to the Rescue

One of the “parts” missing in my genealogy is many pictures of my ancestors.  So it was a joyous event when I could use Google Earth,, and the land coordinates from his land patent papers to get an image … Continue reading

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Iowa As It Was Then

It was a beautiful day in  Iowa and so I grabbed my camera and tried to capture a few images of the restored prairie grass at McFarland Park in Story County, Iowa.  The grass and flowers are five to six … Continue reading

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