September Anniversaries

Ah, wedded bliss. Not always the case in my family tree: My great-grandmother divorced her first husband and gave away their three children. A few years later Esther Ingeborg CLARIN married Charles Fredrick OTTO in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. I located their 10 Sept 1918  marriage certificate on familysearch.org where Esther’s name was indexed as Esther Kerien Wamgel…

September Birthdays

Happy September birthday to the leaves on my family tree including my eldest incredible grandson, my nephew Zach, my uncle Ernie, my grand-uncle Fran, my cousin Michael, and to Andrea – my first cousin once-removed, Branden and Tyler – my first cousins-twice removed, and Joseph – my 4th cousin once-removed. September births from the roots…

They Make My Heart Race

Are all ancestors created equal? Not so much, no. I don’t have any fancy-dancy ancestors. No one I know of (yet) signed the Declaration of Independence, was an Indian Princess, or held court from a throne wearing a diamond tiara. Most of the people from whom I descend were pretty ordinary people who led pretty…

Side-tracked Genealogy

At some point I’ll have to return to researching my direct line ancestors. But for now, my interest lies with Emile Schmitt, my second great-grandmother’s brother. After my last Emile-related post, a genealogical angel (I’ll call her Betty) sent me a baker’s dozen of Cincinnati Enquirer articles written about Emile and his wife. Thank you again…