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Observing the 4th of July, 2017

The 4th of July–the nation’s birthday, independence, parades, fireworks, picnics and cookouts, family gatherings. For genealogists and family historians, it’s a chance to savor our family’s role in creating our great country, and share it. Maybe our ancestors arrived in one of the original thirteen colonies, or maybe they...

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Memorial Day, 2016, Part 2–Generations 5 and 6

Continuing our virtual visit to my family cemeteries with my great-great-grandparents, let’s start with my mother’s side, where we’re coming to the Civil War generation. Her paternal grandfather Roland R. Neifert’s parents were Martin Neifert (1840-1912) and Harriet (Gerhard) Neifert (1939-1915). Martin is buried in Christ Church Cemetery, Barnesville,...

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Gratitudes for Thanksgiving 2015

As I was sitting in a car being driven through Chicago en route from Rhode Island to Minnesota, reading compiled military service records and pension files for five Civil War veterans pulled from the collections of the National Archives by a researcher in Washington, DC, and sent to me...

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Over the Blue

In my last post, I talked about the value of seeing the ground your ancestors walked and understanding its geography, specifically how seeing Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain helped me understand my ancestors’ migration patterns. Most of my Pennsylvania German ancestors were among those who arrived in Philadelphia, moved up to...

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