Zierenburg, Germany

I had the opportunity to travel again to Germany last week and this time I decided to visit the places I knew my ancestors lived. Today I am going to take you to Zierenburg, Germany. A village located in Hesse, Kassel, Wolfhagen, Germany. I will also share what I know about my ancestors that lived… Continue reading Zierenburg, Germany

Take Me Home, Country Road

This is a story I wanted to write about but was not sure how to put into words the experience. Growing up I was always interested in my German grandmothers, Anna Burghardt, life and what it was like to live through World War 2. I never really asked my grandmother questions and I regret that.… Continue reading Take Me Home, Country Road

I Am Ill.

From the book Small Drops of Rain by Frances White. "When I was about two months old and about the time my father arrived, I caught whooping cough and influenza from my Uncle Harry, who, being a young fellow, went everywhere, and who brought the disease home to the rest of the children. (The poor… Continue reading I Am Ill.

Reflections in the Pool of My Mind.

Excerpt from Small Drops of Rain by Frances T. White, edited and arrange by Jo Ann Condgen. "I look at my hands and I think: Someday these hands will lie still and composed in death. Their work will be over and forgotten, unless---------there be those who remember their touch, whether it be in anger or… Continue reading Reflections in the Pool of My Mind.

Wilhelm Gossmann and Anna Elizabeth Brand and their 16 children.

Wilhelm and Anna are my great grandparents from Germany. I knew nothing about my German family and when my mom and grandmother (Anne Burghardt) visited with my grandmother's sister and was given a copy of the Gossmann family book. It was filled with information. Wilhelm Gossman was born in Kassel Germany on 13 July 1862… Continue reading Wilhelm Gossmann and Anna Elizabeth Brand and their 16 children.

Update:The Life of Charles Skipper.

I did some research this past week after posting about my great grand uncle Charles Skipper you can read the original blog post here https://ellajaneanne.home.blog/2019/08/06/the-life-of-charles-edgar-skipper/ . If you want to know the full story read the original blog post of The life of Charles Skipper before reading the update. I had several questions about what… Continue reading Update:The Life of Charles Skipper.

The Mystery of Ruth and Ruby Patterson.

Ruth and Ruby are one of the many mysteries in my family history. Ruth and Ruby are twins born around 1902 in Crockett County, Tennessee. They are the daughters of my second great grandparents James William Patterson, born 1 February 1863 in Gadsen, Crockett, Tennessee and Jimmie Ella Smith, born 1868 in Gadsen, Crockett, Tennessee.… Continue reading The Mystery of Ruth and Ruby Patterson.

The life of Charles Edgar Skipper.

Charles Skipper is my great grand uncle, son of my great grandparents George Newton Skipper and Sarah Catherine Bishop, born 2 April 1885 in Effingham, Illinois. When Charles was about 8 years old George and Sarah made the move to Oklahoma and George ran in the 1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run, where he staked a… Continue reading The life of Charles Edgar Skipper.

Catholic Records in Hesse, Germany.

I have one line of my German ancestors that is Catholic and I was not sure how to research them. As I learned about archion.de having Lutheran Church records, I started to research how to find Catholic records and see if I could find my family. I was specifically looking for more information on my… Continue reading Catholic Records in Hesse, Germany.