Family Stories, German Genealogy

My Family, Henschel and Sohns, Kassel Germany, and World War II

My great-grandfather worked for Henschel and Sohns, a mechanical and automotive engineering company, during WWII in Kassel Germany. August Heinrich Burghardt was born on 6 June 1899 in Kirchditmold, Hesse, Germany to Heinrich Jakob Burghardt and Maria Klapp. August Heirnrich Burghardt, with the red x, as an appretice shoemaker. On 24 December 1925 he married… Continue reading My Family, Henschel and Sohns, Kassel Germany, and World War II

German Genealogy

Seven Reasons Why I Love German Church Records.

There are many ways German records scared me when I first started to research my grandmother's family. Could I read the records? Where do I find them? How will I know if they are my family? All of these questions and concerns held me back when I first started researching. Instead, I focused on my… Continue reading Seven Reasons Why I Love German Church Records.

DNA

Should I Take More Than One DNA Test?

I have helped several family members get DNA tests done at several DNA companies. My DNA manage list is very long. I have gotten tests done for everyone that is willing to do so. I personally manage 8 kits on ancestry, and 2 on my husbands ancestry account. I have uploaded all these kits to… Continue reading Should I Take More Than One DNA Test?

Family Stories, Genealogy Travel, United States Genealogy

The Treasure Inside Cedar Chest.

My Great-Grandparents, Harry and Minnie Skipper, owned a farm in Tonkawa, Oklahoma near the Oklahoma-Kansas border. My grandfather bought the house and when he passed away it was left to my father and his four siblings. The farm is still in the family today. You can read about Harry and Minnie here: https://ellajaneanne.com/2019/11/22/harry-ward-skipper-and-minnie-mccarta/. This is… Continue reading The Treasure Inside Cedar Chest.

Family Stories, United States Genealogy

Sayings of My People

I have a book that was written by my cousin Frances White and arranged by her daughter Jo Ann Congdon called Small Drops of Rain. In this book Frances recalls her life and memories of "...life during the early 1900's on a poor Oklahoma Farm." I have read this book a couple of times and… Continue reading Sayings of My People

DNA

Using DNA to Prove Biological Parents.

I have a very dear friend who was adopted at birth. She learned who her biological mother was many years ago and her biological mother told her her fathers name but that he was not interested in having a relationship. Last year my friend decided to take an ancestry DNA test. We talked about her… Continue reading Using DNA to Prove Biological Parents.

Family Stories, United States Genealogy

Interviewing my Great Uncle Paul.

I am taking an introduction to family history research class with the goal to attain a degree in family history research. One of the assignments was to interview a relative about a deceased ancestor. My great uncle Paul is one of my oldest relatives that is still living. He is 91 years old and I… Continue reading Interviewing my Great Uncle Paul.

United States Genealogy

Richard Hilman Rhodes

I decided it was time to write about my grandfathers, Ernest Kenneth Rhodes, family and see what I could find. I had researched his family many years ago and had to dig in again to see what I could come up with. My grandfather was born in West Virginia and still has family living there.… Continue reading Richard Hilman Rhodes

United States Genealogy

Harry Ward Skipper and Minnie McCarta

Harry Ward and Minnie McCarta are my great grandparents. Harry Ward was born on 31 August 1892 in Mulhall, Logan, Oklahoma, just three weeks after his father George Newton Skipper ran in the 1893 Cherokee Stripe Land Ran. Minnie McCarta was born on 13 November 1888 in Louisiana. Harry Ward Skipper as a child. Harry… Continue reading Harry Ward Skipper and Minnie McCarta