Uncategorized, German Genealogy

Connecting to our Ancestors

Have you been researching and felt really connected to an ancestor? This is how I felt when I learned about Anna Elisabeth Brand. I have already posted a blog about Anna and her husband that you can read: https://ellajaneanne.com/2019/08/19/wilhelm-gossmann-and-anna-elizabeth-brand-and-their-16-children/ Anna was born on 13 August 1865 in Kassel, Germany. According to my grandmother, she was… Continue reading Connecting to our Ancestors

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August Gossmann

I decided to write more about each of my ancestors on their birth, marriage, or a death anniversary. This week I will remember my great-granduncle August Gossmann. August's life was a short one as he only lived 8 months before he passed away on 25 July 1904 in Wehlheiden, Kassel, Germany. He was born on… Continue reading August Gossmann

Family Stories, Military Service, United States Genealogy

James Billingsley and Elizabeth Crabtree.

In 2015 I started the process to join the James Billingsley Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. I have several Revolutionary War ancestors but I had never really considered joining Daughters of the American Revolution until I found this chapter, as James Billingsley is my 7th great-grandfather. https://www.texasdar.org/chapters/JamesBillingsley/ James Billingsley was born in April… Continue reading James Billingsley and Elizabeth Crabtree.

Family Stories, German Genealogy

The life of Anna Marie Klapp

Anna Marie Klapp is my third great-grandaunt. She was the first daughter born on 30 December 1830 in Istha, Germany, to Giese Klapp and Anna Elisabeth Kessler. You can read about her brothers, both named Johannes Klapp, here: https://ellajaneanne.com/2019/07/01/same-names-sigh/. Anna married Johann Georg Adolf on 23 January 1854 in Ishta, Germany. Georg was born on… Continue reading The life of Anna Marie Klapp

Genealogy Seminar and Classes

Research Logs, a Useful Genealogical Tool.

Have you ever been searching a set of records thinking, have you searched these before? Have you ever run out of time mid research and had to step away only to come back and forget what you were searching for? Research logs are a useful genealogical tool to organize your search. Properly used research logs… Continue reading Research Logs, a Useful Genealogical Tool.

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.

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.