Why We Should Ask for Help

Michael John Neil’s suggestion to get an outside opinion could not have been more timely. The day after I read it, I had a wonderful opportunity to follow his advice. (Thank you Michael!) While preparing for an upcoming event sponsored by the local German Genealogy Society, I mentioned one of my stumbling block ancestors, Maria…

Old Letter, New Clues

What happens to us between “woo hoo!!” and “I’ll come back to this”? Why don’t we take the time to process documents the second our heart rates return to normal? The following letter has been in my Mangels’ file folder for years. It was penned by a distant cousin and postmarked September 2, 1987. I received a copy…