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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Genea-Wish List
April 23, 2011, 8:26 pm
Filed under: SNGF

Thanks to Randy Seavers from Genea-Musing for putting out this challenge for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun- Genea-Wish List.

Here is my Wish List

1.  I wish I knew when I started what I know now, so I would not have to go back and keep adding pieces I missed because I didn’t know I needed them. I wish everyone would document, and use some judgement on whether the information fits.  i.e. parents born after the children, or a 10/11 year old mother, just because it is on the Internet doesn’t make it true.

2.  I wish I had unlimited funds and time to travel to all of the locations to search for data, and also money to pay for all of the  copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates and other documents to help with finding out more about the family. Internet is wonderful, but not all of the answers are there.

3. I wish someone could tell me what happened to William VOSS, my great-grandfather from Germany.  I believe he died about 1868, as his wife Mary (Marie) FLAGEL remarried a John RUTSCHOW about 1869 (from Census Records), and brought her 2 young sons to the United States.  Did she & John Rutschow marry before or after they immigrated? It has only been in the last two years that I found out the name of my great-grandfather.

4.  I wish life would not keep interrupting with my time to work on genealogy.


New finds
April 15, 2011, 7:16 pm
Filed under: New thoughts, Voss, Weisleder

Today has been a good day to stay in and work on genealogy.  The temperature is about 37° with about a 22°wind chill.  It was rainy this morning, now it is just winds, very gusty and cloudy. Are they going to have ball games this afternoon? The message just came through, no games.  It will be better another day.

But back to genealogy.  It seems you can look and look and look and nothing comes up.  Then sometimes everything you look at adds to your information.  I have received 2 death notices from the Buffalo, NY area that has helped out with my Weisleder family tree.  Then today I received the obituary from the Springfield Daily News for Lilly Van Gundy.  It gave the married name of her daughter, and named her stepson.  Not a lot of information but it confirmed that she had married John Van Gundy and when he died. Lilly was the only daughter of Sophia (Weisleder) and Frederick Hale.  I am waiting on another Death Notice to arrive and also for the SS application for my father.  Hope they come soon.

I have also been working on a sourced document for the descendents of William and Eva Weisleder.  I have one printed (its never complete)  for William and Eva (Hagen) Weisleder, my maternal great-grandparents and have just completed the document for the family of their eldest daughter Sophia (Weisleder) Hale.  She married Frederick Hale.  They had 7 children, this includes a set of triplets, although 2 died,  and I have tried to follow each family as far as I can.  I have some , I think I have found some family links but not absolutely sure.  But what I have is documented, and I know what documents I have for the families.  I only have the next 6 children to do, with the 7th being my grandparents, I wanted to get several under my belt, to have an idea what I was doing, before I started on my grandparents, because I know that one will take me in a lot of directions, as they had 10 children, and of course, it will follow all of my nieces and nephews and their families.

On Ancestry, you can check to see about Recent Connect Activity.  I found a couple of people checking for people that are a part of my family tree.  That started me on another track for my husband’s family.  I was finding information that matched up to mine.

So I must say this has been a good day for finding information, in addition to being a good day to stay in side.

Names: Included in the document I have so far.  Weisleder, Hagan, Hale, Hasenpflug, Fitzpatrick, Burkhard, Kimling, Van Gundy, and Landry.

Week 15: Sports
April 10, 2011, 8:11 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 15. Sports. Did you have a favorite sports team as a child? If so, which one and why. Did your parents follow the same teams? Do you still support the same teams?


As I was growing up, sports were not a major activity for my family. Of course we would attend High School sports activities, mainly basketball, some football. The one sports event I remember is the World Series, we could listen to the games during our school day. My team was the Brooklyn Dodgers. I always rooted for them, especially when they played against the Yankees.

Even during my college days, I only attended a few sporting events.

But when my youngest was 6 years old he wanted to play baseball, so I became a baseball Mom for the next 14-16 years. He played T-ball, community ball, and then tried out for a traveling ball team, and played with them through High School years. He played on a Babe Ruth League, he played for American Legion teams and 4 years of High School. Then received a baseball scholarship to attend a two year college, using this to get his Associate Degree.

His ball playing took us all over the state of Kansas, playing Kansas teams, and some from other states. He also traveled with winning team to play in Minnesota. I have a picture of my son, standing on third base in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tournament was State All-Star teams from several states. Our team was playing and the game was postponed due to rain. Well, everyone was speculating, saying maybe the Twins will let us use the “Dome” to finish out our games. The next morning when we were told meet at the “Dome” to finish the game, the reaction was:
“What did you say?”
“You’ve got to be kidding.”
They weren’t kidding. Our boys went on to win their game, and play a complete game at the Metrodome. They didn’t win the tournament, but what an experience. Before we left, we watched the Twins and the Royals play in the Metrodome. (My picture of this is put away due to remodeling.)

Another year we again went to Ely Minnesota for a tournament. It was another amazing trip.

After his college years he went with a Kansas Team to Amsterdam, to play ball, he did this for 2 years. Then he was asked to come back and help, he spent 6 months in Amsterdam, helping young baseball players. As much, mom would have like to join him, she did not get the chance to travel over to see him play.


Right now he comes home for an Annual Alumni Game. For the past several years I have been helping out the High Baseball Coach with the Baseball stats for the team. I still help with scoring for our High School Baseball and Softball teams.

Other than the years I was involved as Baseball mom, sports are not a high priority for me. Which reminds me I need to collect his baseball pictures and get them scanned, and put together for him.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (

Week 14: Spring
April 10, 2011, 7:58 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 14. Spring. What was spring like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.


March winds ,

and April Showers,

bring May flowers.




These are the thoughts I have of spring. It is a time when the world and earth are waking up for a deep sleep and are ready to be renewed.

Spring has always been the time when everything started turning green, it was the time for the new baby chicks, baby calves, and baby pigs. Usually a new batch of kittens would be born at this time. I always enjoyed the spring flowers, my mother had some miniature iris’s that were very early bloomers, like a crocus. Then the spiraea (bridal wreath) bushes, and the lilacs would bloom, there would be wonderful smell of the lilacs, this smell is such a fresh springtime smell.

I still enjoy the spring when the lilacs come in to bloom, right now I am watching them green up, and put on their buds, and in a few days they will be in full bloom. The time with them will be so fleeting. I also enjoy watching the trees go from bare to a touch of green, and then getting greener and greener as the days and weeks go by. It is like we have been renewed.

Spring was always a busy time, with all of the new chicks, and other new babies. It was also the time when the spring farm work would begin. Also it was time to prepare the garden for the new season. There is a wonderful fresh smell when you are turning over the soil and preparing it for another year. The corn, peas, lettuce, onions, potatoes, and other seeds would be planted to prepare for the fresh vegetables for another year.

Spring is also the time for Easter, I remember the stories, that Easter was the time when the long johns came off. Sometimes it was still so cold, that you might wish you still had your long johns. A new Easter hat and dress were always signs of spring. In my family, my brother, sister and myself, we all had a spring birthday, so angel food cake was on the menu for those celebration.

I remember spring being a time of warming, not going from cold, to hot in just a few short weeks. It seems like we jump from winter to summer, and just have a taste of spring.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (

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