Friday, April 16, 2010

Connecting Strait to Margheim

I've discovered over the decade that I've been researching my family's history that the one thing that fascinates me the most about the work is finding connections that are surprising to me. 

One time I found, while searching a neighborhood on a census, that my birth mother and my step-mother were neighbors as children, so obviously played together as small children. That was a fact I hadn't known and was amazed by since they were not friends in later life. 

When I discovered that a 4th cousin of mine, Isaac Strait, in 1822 married a 5th cousin of my husband's, Phoebe Rush, I was astounded, since our families come from very different backgrounds.

When I discovered, again through census research, that my son's great grandaunts and uncles by birth were farming neighbors of his great, great grandparents by adoption, I was just stunned. What are the odds of that happening? 

Yesterday as I was looking at family trees on, I was reviewing some information that had been submitted on the family of my maternal great grandmother Emma Cornelia Strait. Her great, grandniece, Juanita Grace Strait, in 1958 married Leroy Henry Stieben. I was shocked while looking at the family group sheet to see that Leroy's mother was Elizabeth Margheim. My maiden name was Margheim, so that's my paternal family line. 
I know there are those who will comment: "What's the big deal? We're all related anyway". I get so tired of hearing that. I guess "you just had to be there". When my brain is following one family line, as in my maternal line, and I see a relationship to my paternal line, I'm surprised and amazed. And I'm happy that I'm amazed by such simple discoveries. It sure makes this "work" fun and interesting. It opens the door to a new discovery every day!


Harriet said...

I agree it is fun to make a discovery like this! I recently found that my G Grandmother on my Mom's side lived on the same road, went to the same church and was buried in the same cemetery as a cousin of my Grandmother on my Dad's side. It's a small world I guess.

Mary said...

That sure sounds like an exciting fine in my book. I hope it leads to more fun information!!

Apple said...

I was shocked when I found a (very distant) connection between my mother and father's families. Her family has very early New England roots. His family moved from England to Canada in the late 1870's and on to NY in the 1920's. What were the chances I'd find a connection in Wisconsin!? I find all these connections fascinating and often chase a line that I'm not related to just because the other relationships are interesting.

Shawn Marie Gabriel Brown said...

I think it's fun to make an unexpected discovery too!
I have been learning a lot about "just the way things were" too. I found that my paternal great-grandfather's family married a second cousin sometime after their wife died. You were just expected to find someone to be your wife when you had children to raise, and second cousins were not excluded. Sure isn't like that today! But oddly enough, my line married into another line several times. Tell me that my family tree doesn't fork!

Greta Koehl said...

My "big coincidence" is that my I found part of my mother's father's line and part of her mother's line in the Anderson/Pendleton area of South Carolina - this was many years before my grandparents met and married in Texas! Makes my research a little easier.