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Update on the town of Lily, South Dakota

In previous posts, I’ve blogged about the very small town of Lily, South Dakota.  My mother-in-law was born and raised there, along with her eleven siblings.  Her parents and grandparents are interred at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural … Continue reading

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Wasserburg Commemorative Medal

Some items can’t truly be replaced, but Klaus Erdmann recently sent me this image of a commemorative medal of the Wasserburg in Rommerskirchen.  Thank you! The medal dates from 1993.  

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Wasserburg in Anstel, Germany

This plate was a gift from my husband Jim’s relatives when we visited them in Rommerskirchen, Germany in 2011.  Unfortunately, it did not make the journey back across the Atlantic in one piece. With much patience, some good adhesive, and … Continue reading

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Memorial Markers

My husband Jim is a fan of mail-order catalogs and, while he seldom places an order, does like to browse the merchandise.   He recently came across memorial markers for pets.  The images showed  resin cat and dog memorials with wings … Continue reading

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Memories of Grandparents John and Leona Schaefers

Where the tradition began I don’t know. She was born Leona Theresa Ernster and married John H. Schaefers. They were our grandparents but we, and all the grandchildren (20 in all), knew them as Ma and Pa. It was a … Continue reading

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By the Numbers: Counting the Ancestors

So how many direct ancestors do I have? It seems the answer would be an almost indeterminate number stretching back thousands of year. A more practical question is, how many ancestors have I correctly identified? Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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Johnson Ancestors from Eggvena, Sweden

This is a summary of Johnson ancestors from Eggvena, Sweden.  It is in narrative form and was supplied by a distant (literally!) relative in Sweden.  Thank you, Agneta. (The formatting is as the data was received.)  You can view this … Continue reading

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