National Bike to Work Day

The League of American Bicyclists was originally founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880. Bicyclists, known then as “wheelmen,” were challenged by rutted roads of gravel and dirt and faced antagonism from horsemen, wagon drivers, and pedestrians. From the past to the present, bike riders have been a part of my family tree. Growing up, pretty much…

Family Photo Friday: Brenkes and Muellers

Pictures are among my most treasured belongings. I love seeing the faces of my ancestors, watching family members change over the years, reliving fun moments and rekindling forgotten memories. Photographs and photo albums, slides and negatives, archival storage containers and digitized images consume space all around me. But not in the fun “Oooh, let’s look at pictures” way.…

Just down the Street

Literally. According to Google Maps, it was a three-minute walk from 655 W 61st Street to 538 W 61st Street in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The other day I wondered about the possibility of my 2nd great-grandmother Elise Mueller and her brother John N. Schmitt attending the same church. I knew they lived near one another (and…

Sawyer Biscuit Company

In honor of Biscuit Day, I thought I’d share a tidbit about my great-grandfather Alfred Jacob Mueller who worked for a biscuit company. Ebay is a great source for many things genealogical. That’s where I found this item from the Sawyer Biscuit Company. Happy Biscuit Day!        

Ancestral Autographs

I shared here how much I enjoy seeing the signatures of my ancestors. A scrolled S, a curvy C, a typical T – any and all of these delight me and give me insight into the personality of my ancestors. The signatures of the ancestors or collateral relatives who are close to my heart are especially exciting to see.…