Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Harris Headstone

This week I posted on my personal blog about the miracle of being found by a cousin I was not acquainted with. Her grandparents, with whom she was not well acquainted, are buried in the cemetery at Stafford, Stafford, Kansas. Through another wonderful online resource, I found a photo of their headstone, pictured above, at Find A Grave.
This post is a tribute to my Aunt Edna "Pearl" Flanders Harris (1916-1980) and Uncle George W. Harris (1918-1994).

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Volga German Settlements

I formed a Group for descendants of Germans from Russia (Volga Germans) at Genealogy Wise. I'm putting this map on my blog so I can link to it on Genealogy Wise.
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Friday, July 17, 2009

My Mom was Buried on July 17th

Dates stick in my mind. Today is July 17th and my mother was buried on July 17, 1990. I couldn't let the day go by without just making mention of her, even though I posted her picture on my blog on July 14th, the 19th anniversary of her death.
I recently took a class on heirloom preservation from Laura Best at the Family History Expo in Loveland, Colorado. She advised us to remove any old photos that we had that had been mounted on black paper. You can see that the photo above was one such photo. I hesitate to remove it from the original album (tho I will) because my mother captioned her photos with a white ink pen. I loved her handwriting. My dad did too. And I love this picture of them. I think it's very romantic! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ruby Nadine Flanders Margheim Craine

Ruby Nadine Flanders Margheim Craine
January 17, 1925-July 14, 1990
We love you and miss you, Mom!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Connecting at Genealogy Wise

On Wednesday I signed up for the new Family Link.com sponsored genealogy site: Genealogy Wise. If you haven't discovered it yet, please click here and check it out.
There are a LOT of groups available that we can join, where we can leave comments, photos, and join discussions on topics of interest to genealogists, including surname groups. Yesterday the group that had the most members was a group about "Germans and German Ancestors". This morning I noticed that a member left a comment inquiring about Germans from Russia. Since there was not a group focused on the Volga Germans, I formed one! If you have ancestors, like I do, who emigrated in the 1700s and 1800s from Germany to the Volga region of Russia, please join my group and share your family information.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Coming Through Ellis Island 105 Years Ago

My wonderful Grandmother, Amalia "Mollie" Koleber Margheim is pictured below with her parents, George and Katie Koleber and her two older brothers George Jr. and Daniel shortly after they arrived in America, coming through Ellis Island, as evidenced in the Passenger Record below their photo. Their arrival occurred on July 8, 1904. My grandmother was born October 6, 1902 in Kratzke, Saratov, Russia. Her estimated age of 11 months is incorrect on the ship manifest. The "Last Place of Residence" is given as Italy. Neither my Dad nor I know why they sailed from Italy.

They sailed on the Ship 'Umbria', pictured below in the photo available at EllisIsland.org.

105 years ago on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009.
I'm so glad your family made it to America, Grandma!