People, Place, and Time

Telling my family's stories

Tina Belle Greenwood, a tough universalist (52 Ancestors #3)

My great-grandma, Tina Belle (Greenwood) Cook, was just over 101 years old when she died in 1993.  I was 13 at the time, and it was the first death in … Continue reading

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Tracking ancestors for your X-DNA inheritance

My project the last couple of days has been to fill out and color-code some genealogy charts that pick out my potential X-chromosome ancestors, and X-chromosome ancestors for some of … Continue reading

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Phillip Berlandi, a German who died at Gettysburg

Here’s the story of someone that history forgot – a man born in the Palatinate and died at Gettysburg. He left no children, no wife, and his last months on … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Schizophrenia” and My Great Grandmother

This is my Great Grandmother. Her name was Cora Moorehead.   She was born October 14, 1896 in Hanover, Illinois – a tiny town southwest of Galena, which is in … Continue reading

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Johann George Scherwitz and the family farm (52 Ancestors #5)

If there is any farm in my family history that qualifies as the “family farm” to me, it is the Scherwitz farm in rural Jefferson County, Wisconsin.  My grandfather was … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Mecklenburgian grandmother Sophia Christina Carolina Allwardt (52 Ancestors #4)

On August 4th, 1834, Sophia Christina Caroline Allwardt, my 3rd-great-grandmother on my mother’s mother’s side, was born in the rural community of Vorder Bollhagen, in the Steffenshagen Parish of Bad … Continue reading

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