Category Archives: Ostfriesen Ancestry and Culture

Touring Etna Township, Hardin County, Iowa: Learning About the Early Ostfriesen Settlers

The Steamboat Rock Historical Society and the Ackley Heritage Center recently sponsored the third tour of ghost towns in Hardin County, Iowa.  Some of my roots go back to that area as my grandmother, Jeanette Sievers, was born in 1875 … Continue reading

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Having More Fun With Genealogy–

If I were to give a beginning genealogist a suggestion, it would be “find a genealogy cousin.” That is, someone with whom you connect, share a possible common ancestor, and with whom you can have fun. In my case, I’ve … Continue reading

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Words From a True Genealogist

Jane Delger, a friend of mine, has been working for a number of years on an immigration database called OGF “Auswanderer.”  It contains the names of many emigrants from the area of Oldenburg,Germany, among them many who had Ostfriesen relatives … Continue reading

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A Home With a History

When Jim and I were in Germany in September we had the pleasure to visit the home in Landschaftspolder of Hinrich Groeneveld’s parents, Diedrich and Hilde Groeneveld. We had refreshments in their beautiful garden (but it’s more like a park … Continue reading

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Visit to Grotegaste Church

On our trip to Germany I had not expected to see the graves of any of my ancestors since it is the custom usually to reuse a grave after a certain number of years. (There are some exceptions.) Imagine my … Continue reading

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A Little Persistence Pays Off

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” — Sir Winston Churchill, Speech, 1941, Harrow School I recently spent a day with my … Continue reading

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Gems in the Conversation

One of the best genealogy treasures I have is a recorded interview with my aunt Ella Kruse,  a resident of the Diamond Acres Care Center in Bridgewater, South Dakota at the time of our conversation in May 2003.   Ella passed … Continue reading

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