Birthday Celebrations

How does your family celebrate birthdays? How is this similar to/different from the way you celebrated birthdays as a child? My childhood birthdays included party hats, cake and ice cream, and games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Clothespin Drop. Relatives joined the festivities until we were school-aged when our celebrations grew to…

Ancestral Look Alikes

With which ancestor do you share the most physical characteristics? What similar characteristics are there and how do you feel about them? I began this quest with a photo of my parents taken in 1956. Searching their faces for specific features that match my sisters’ and mine, I began to wonder where those features originated. Credit for our…

Family Story Examined

According to family lore, Herman Mangels drank often and his wife was tired of his drunkenness. She was supposed to have told him that the next time he came home intoxicated, he would be sent outside to sleep on the porch. As fate would have it (the story continues), Herman’s banishment occurred during a cold Chicago…

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…

August Anniversaries

My paternal grandparents Harold Clarke MUELLER and Frances Lois MANGELS were married in Chicago on the 24th of August in 1930. Other August anniversaries in my family tree include: Susan E BERG and Elmer Eugene CLARKE were married for more than 60 years. Their wedding took place in Chicago 03 August 1892. Widower James WALTON…

August Birthdays

Happy August birthday to my incredibly wonderful husband and to our beautiful granddaughter, to my sister, my paternal grandfather, my uncle Bob, my cousin Bill, my grand-uncle Bud, and my first cousin once removed Faith. Birthdays among my (possibly) German Clarkes: A second great grand-aunt Zora E CLARKE was born in Maryland on the 19th of August…

July Anniversaries

Ancestors in my family tree who married this month include: 01 Jul 1910 Myrtle Alvira YOUNGBERG and John L MILLER in St Joseph, Berrien, Michigan. Myrtle was a first cousin thrice-removed who married Joseph when she was 18 years old. Just a few years later, she married Joseph Philip FRIEND, a Motion Picture Machine Operator.…

July Birthdays

Happy July birthday to my niece Christina; nephews Drew and Justin; cousins Cynthia, David and Ernie Lynn; 3rd cousins once-removed Dave, Jim, Pat and Steve; 4th cousin John; 4th cousin once-removed Angel; and my Aunt Karen. Birthdays among my Swedish Carlsons: My 2nd great-grandmother Maja Stina KARLSDOTTER was born in Börstil, Uppsala, Sweden 02 Jul 1839. Four of her six children immigrated…