In early June 2015, I traveled to Washington State to visit with my brother. Then Kenneth, Billie and I traveled to Coeur’d Alene, Idaho to visit with our cousin, Wilma and her husband Dick. Another cousin Carl and his wife, Nola joined us as we visited and shared our memories. Our first meeting was wonderful, considering that Kenneth and I had never met Wilma. We sat down, and it like we have always known each other. Carl and Wilma have been in contact over the years.
Wilma shared photos gathered by her mother, Irene and our grandmother, Christiana. There were a number of them stored in a beautiful album. One of the great things was that probably 90% were identified. I have been working on renaming and preparing the photos to be put into some kind of presentation format.
A Summary of information from pictures scanned at Wilma’s
There are questions that have been answered and also some new questions. I ended up with almost 200 pictures, not counting anything from Sandee, which will be another topic.
Also was able to scan several confirmation documents and Charles Martin and Christiana’s Marriage Certificate. So much information has been gathered from a very short visit.
There is a picture of a Libby Voss and Bill Cooley. I am exploring the possibility that Libby was the wife of Henry Voss, Brother of Charles Martin. I have recently ordered some obituaries from Monroe County Historical Museum, in Monroe, Michigan to see if they help to explain this relationship. I am finding some interesting information about Agnes/Elizabeth A/Libby Frankhous. If I confirm these are all the same person, I will let people know.
Pictures I have added to my collection Even if it is only one.
Pictures added for these Voss Family Members : Children of Charles and Christiana – Agnes, Rudolf, Irene, George, Herman Voss-Wife Ruby, Children: John, Walter, Margaret, Rosalie, Carl, Charles Voss and Family, Louis, Barbara Langston, Wilma Negrey, Kenneth Voss, Melba Voss, and Walter’s Granddaughter-Valerie.
Pictures added for the Weisleder Family Members – William and Eva Hagen (k), Children: Sophia Hale, her sons, Walter, Warren and Clarence, William Weisleder, George Leonard and Family, Jennie Momberger, Charles C and Tillie Hansen Weisleder, Florence, Willie, Cora, Howard I., Mary Rodel, Edna, Ella and for Christiana (see Voss Family)
Charles Martin and Christian Weisleder Voss, Wedding picture, As a couple, In Ark, In Montana
Henry Voss’ Daughter – Mary and her husband Henry Dufour. Possibly his wife Agnes
The Mother of Charles Martin and Henry Voss – Mary Flagel Voss Rutschow, her second husband – John Rutschow, her second family – Fred, Carrie, Minnie, Mary “May” McQueen her daughter Erie McQueen Burton, and Erie’s son Daniel.
Allene is in a couple of pictures with Christiana and Irene, also one with her son. Do not know if Allene is neighbor, family friend, or relative. There were pictures of a Belfour Family. I could not find any relationship. Contacted a member of the family through Ancestry, and shared the photos I had.
Have also been able to make contact with a member of Freda Voss Miller, have shared information and also a couple of pictures. Freda would be the daughter of Frederick Voss, Brother of William Voss who is the father of Charles Martin.
The Ancestry family tree for Erie McQueen did not have her mother. I believe Mary “May” Rutschow McQueen was her mother. One of pictures was of Erie with her Aunt Carrie Rutschow.
There was a note in album about Rosalie, Eva Weisleder’s mother. It is possible that I need to revise my searches as it is possible Eva’s maiden name was Hagek not Hagen. Have done some searching without any success. There is a picture of a woman that looks very much like Eva, but the time frame for the picture does not fit.
Looking to confirm information about Henry Dufour, as the husband of Mary Voss.
If the picture of Libby Voss and William Cooley, can be confirmed, there will be a picture of the wife of Henry Voss, brother of Charles Martin.
This trip to visit Wilma was a “genealogist dream come true”. As always, as questions are answered, more question come up. I can’t thank Wilma enough for sharing all of those wonderful pictures and memories. Also the fact that so many were identified, was awesome. My next goal is to try to put these into a form that can be shared with the family. Through all of this I have found new records to add to my Voss Family Tree.
Like the dishes and the wash genealogy is never done.
Many thanks to my brother and his wife, Billie for taking me up there, and to my cousin Carl for sharing this time with us. They also provided the contact for one of his nephews and I have pictures and information from them.
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I have been able to get a new kit for my sister and have it sent in. It has arrived so am now waiting for the results. I have completed the July Newsletter for the Langston Family. Trying to decide on which project should have the highest priority.
1. Scanning family pictures (sorting right now)
2. Updating the Grossman Family on in Family Tree Maker
3. Working on DNA matches.
Planning a trip to see my son, need to decide what to take with me as far as pictures and genealogy.
My friend called and told me I have created a monster. Her husband has been spending his time in search of his family, then they talked to another friend and have gotten him excited about searching for his family. She wasn’t sure they could get them off the computer to celebrate the 4th of July. Several questions have come my way, and I am hoping in a couple of weeks to spend a few days with them to answer questions.
My journey continues.
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The past few weeks have been quite busy. Traveled with my brother, his wife, and my sister to Arkansas, to two family reunions. Reunions are always interesting.
Always enjoy staying with our cousin in the area. She has just recently retired, so had some free time to spend with us.
Traveled around Izard and neighboring counties, to see family and talk to friends. Cousins drove us around to see different locations that my grandparents lived during their lifetime. Visited with Aunt Della. Also had supper with the children of a cousin. Except for the fact that a “country mile” has to be at least 3 miles, we finally arrived and enjoyed a visit with them. Three of them were neighbors, with their mother. The fourth was visiting from Portland, Ore.
After arriving home I received the results of my brother’s DNA. We shared localities but with very different percentages. I am still trying to decided how to proceed with all of this information. My sister’s DNA they were unable to process, so I am awaiting a new kit to try again.
Karen: Great Britain 42%, Scandinavian 22%, Europe East 19%, Iberian Peninsula 13%.
Kenneth: Scandinavian 35%, Europe West 22%, Europe East 16%, Iberian Penisula 9%, Ireland 8%, Great Britain 7%
I called my friends about their DNA and they had missed the email, but I was able to get them started.
Not sure where this journey will take me.
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Since my last post, several things have happened with DNA and the results. I am continuing to receive new matches, but right now due to family and travel plans, I can’t spend much time working with DNA.
One disappointment, there was not a DNA connection between the Voss family and Lynda. As she has continued her research, she discovered her grandfather was not my uncle. Even though we are not connected by blood, I will continue to consider her a part of the family. Her grandmother was married to my Uncle Henry, and tragic events affected everyone’s life.
My mother’s only living sister has also taken the test, and we are a definite match. No doubt about it.
Just activated the test for my brother and sister, so will be anxiously awaiting their results. Hoping there will some that will match all three to help narrow things down.
Helped some friends collect their specimen and activate their account. They are now waiting for results.
The next few weeks are going to be busy as we will be doing some traveling to a couple of family reunions. Then it will be time to get the newest newsletter ready and in the mail.
So it looks like summer is going to busy.
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The area of genealogy is never ending. It can be very addictive. I have so many projects I would like to do, but need to focus on a couple.
This January our visit with Uncle Henry’s granddaughter was quite an experience. She has been working on genealogy using AncestryDNA. After seeing how it works I decided to take the plunge. This last week I received the results of my DNA test. OH, my!!
First of all I am definitely European with Great Britain 42%, Scandinavian 22%, Europe East 19%, and Iberian Peninsula 13%, with 4% with trace matches.
So now my challenge is to check out the Matches (hints) there are only 192 pages of hints with 50 per page. That makes close to 10,000 matches. This will not be completed any time soon, and as more people take the test, there will be more matches.
The first thing I did was watch 3 tutorials from Ancestry on YouTube about AncestryDNA.
You’ve received your DNA Results? Now What.
What to do with all those Matches.
Making the Cousin Connection.
Now it is time to work my way through all these names. I will start out with those that have a shakey leaf. That reduces the numbers a great deal. There are 2 possible 3rd cousins, 2 possible 4th cousins, and 35 Distant cousins with shakey leaf matches. There will be plenty to do after I work my way through these names.
The 3rd video shows how Crista Cowen, goes through each name. Marking with a star to continue with, adding a note, about common ancestors and the match. Then about contacting the owner of tree for further information. As well as other information about following the DNA;
I am writing this out because I have a couple of people that are also having DNA tested. I am quite sure I will calls from them.
So as this summer progresses and Family Reunions are coming up, a wedding, and another cruise, I have another busy year ahead. I just need to take time to update my progress, and try not to get distracted and off on a tangent as I look at all of this information. A couple of updates a month will be a goal I want to make for myself.