Category Archives: Schwans Genealogy

Land of My Fathers

These are images of land the Schwans family owned in Vreschen-Bokel, Germany.   I believe the land came into the family when Diedrich Schwans (my great-great-grandfather) married Anna Aits.  Most likely my great-grandfather John Schwans was born here in 1848 and … Continue reading

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Two Serendipity Events

What person doesn’t enjoy a pleasant surprise? As a genealogy researcher, I love that “a-ha” moment of discovery, sometimes celebrated with what is known as the “genealogy happy dance.” Recently, there have been two very pleasant such events in my … Continue reading

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Remembering A. W. “Tom” Schwans, Born 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago on 7 August 1913, my father was born at Bridgewater, South Dakota to Fred and Jeanette (Sievers) Schwans. He was the youngest of seven children, the next to him in age being seven years older. I … Continue reading

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How Having a Birthday Helped Find My 7th Great-Grandparents

Adding another birthday candle to mark the number of years is an honored tradition.  Mine hasn’t quite reached the point where we need to put the local fire department on standby alert <yet.>  Besides, I prefer to think of celebrating … 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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In Memory of Julitta Schaefers Schwans

My mother Julitta Anns Schaefers was born 95 years ago today.  Two brothers, Cletus and Nicholas, would soon follow.  I think they were all born within a 35 month span.  What a busy household that had to have been! My … Continue reading

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Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, How are you? I hope you and Mrs. Claus have had a good year. I have been a good, i.e. well-behaved, genealogist this year. Here is my “would like to have” list for Christmas: 1. More time to … Continue reading

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