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.
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
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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
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.
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.