“St. John, Metz” 52 Ancestors: Good Deed

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”William Shakespeare 3x Great Grandfather, August Bartel played an important role in the Property Deed for St. John Lutheran Church near Fremont, WI. In 1864, the settlers in East Bloomfield, Waushara County, Wisconsin determined there was a need for … Continue reading “St. John, Metz” 52 Ancestors: Good Deed

“Houdoe” 52 Ancestors: Different Language

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”Ludwig Wittgenstein In the 1950's, my grandparents and their 8 children immigrated to the United States. They settled in the area near Little Chute, Wisconsin. Their first names were Americanized: Johannes became John; Martinus to Martin; Petronella to Nancy and so forth. Grandpa said to … Continue reading “Houdoe” 52 Ancestors: Different Language

“Bearded Brothers” 52 Ancestors: Bearded

“A man's face is not a rich person's lawn … Nor is a man's face the woods.”Ellie Kemper The Zander brothers, August and Gustave, came to America as young children with their parents, David & Elizabeth Zander. They arrived June 24, 1868 on the Ship Bavaria. The family made their home in East Bloomfield, WI … Continue reading “Bearded Brothers” 52 Ancestors: Bearded

“Grandma Bartel-Centenarian” 52 Ancestors: Oldest

“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young."Benjamin Franklin "Grandma Bartel", born Martha A. Zander, was born in November of 1888 in rural Wisconsin. She grew up across the road from her future husband, Otto Bartel. Her parents were both immigrants. Her father, August, came with … Continue reading “Grandma Bartel-Centenarian” 52 Ancestors: Oldest

“Guardianship Court” 52 Ancestors: Newest

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”Zora Neale Hurston My research in the Netherlands is often fairly straight forward due to the enormous amount of digital records available and the search engines for these records. Most lines are easily traceable until the early to mid 1700s. Prior to that time, … Continue reading “Guardianship Court” 52 Ancestors: Newest

Deductive Chromosome Mapping: Applying it to other relatives

Recently, Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D (https://thegeneticgenealogist.com) gave a webinar on Deductive Chromosome Mapping. https://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2020/10/advanced-dna-techniques-deductive-chromosome-mapping-free-webinar-by-blaine-bettinger-phd-jd-now-onl.html My closest relatives and myself do not have siblings tested so visual phasing with siblings in not something I have worked with very often. After watching the webinar, I was inspired to try it with my Grandmother's cousins. Deductive chromosome mapping … Continue reading Deductive Chromosome Mapping: Applying it to other relatives

“Up In Flames” 52 Ancestors: Fire

"Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men."Seneca, Roman Philosopher In 1878, the original Bartel Homestead built in 1866 went up in flames. The Oshkosh Northwestern reported that two children were home alone. Thankfully, no one was reported as injured. At this time, William Bartel and wife, Anna Justine, had 5 children ages, … Continue reading “Up In Flames” 52 Ancestors: Fire

“How the “Same Name” may Crumble a Brick Wall”- 52 Ancestors

In the East Bloomfield Cemetery, a stone sits with the name of my 3rd great-grandmother. Elisabeth A. (wife of David Zander). They had two sons, August and Gustave. I descend from August's line. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37762153/elizabeth-a_-zander August married Henrietta Flatau nee Bethke. From her brother's, Ludwig Bethke, marriage record we know that Ludwig's (and likely Henrietta's) mother … Continue reading “How the “Same Name” may Crumble a Brick Wall”- 52 Ancestors

“Metz” 52 Ancestors: Close to Home

"I have always drawn strength from being close to home."Arthur Ashe For over 100 years, my ancestors farmed the same property in a small unincorporated intersection of Metz, Wisconsin at 37th Ave. & HH. On the west-side of 37th Avenue, Metz is located in the Town of Bloomfield, Waushara County, WI. On the east-side, Metz … Continue reading “Metz” 52 Ancestors: Close to Home