Categotry Archives: Family history

The last of the Burrell girls

My Aunt Diane passed away in the night. She was the last living daughter of Arthur and Florence Burrell. That means that I (their first grandchild) am now their oldest living descendant. I have nothing profound to say. Just keep in touch with your family and write things down. Remember.

Heroes and villains

On my way to the library in Fort Dodge to volunteer at the Webster County Genealogical Society, I had this thought: everybody has heroes and villains in their family. It’s so simple and true. Some people try to hide the skeletons in the family closet, but I think we really shouldn’t do that. Maybe I would feel differently if it turned out that a close relative was high in the Nazi party or something along those lines, but I think […]

What’s in a name?

Blogging prompt from The Accidental Genealogist for March 3: March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree. My mom and her sisters followed a sort of naming pattern where their children all have middle names from other close family […]

Picture this

Blogging prompt from The Accidental Genealogist for March 2: March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo? This is a photo of my mom (Janice) with her younger sister Diane. The youngest sister, Nancy, had not been born yet. I’m guessing Diane was about 1-2 years old here, so Mom would be about 6-7 years old. So, about 1944-1945. I just […]

Here we go again

I’m making a second attempt at doing a blog post a day for a whole month. This month is National Women’The Accidental Genealogists History Month, so the blog prompts for March at  are all about women ancestors. March 1 — Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential […]

The Christmas Tree

I decided to participate in the Genea Bloggers advent calendar of Christmas memories on this blog. The first blog prompt is The Christmas Tree. Growing up, my family had live trees. Dad made the tree stand himself – it was very sturdy, but it was not very pretty. We had a lot of glass ornaments and a mixture of other kinds. My favorite ornaments were musical instruments. We had glass ones like violin or cello – it can be hard […]

WikiTree

The mission of this blog is to share family history and memories. Many of my ancestors lived in Fort Dodge, Iowa – there has been an ancestor or relative of mine living in Webster County since 1880, when William and Lydia Burrell brought their family here from Wisconsin. It’s possible that some of Lydia’s family had been here prior to that – it’s one of the mysteries to be discovered. So when I found out about WikiTree, I quickly got […]

Addressing issues

So I’m still working on figuring out this photo of the three Swenson girls and my mom, Janice Burrell. Mom assures me that her cousin Jane looks more like her older sister (Beverly, in back), than like her twin, so Jane is on the right and Joan is on the left. The next question is where was this photo taken? At first I thought the building in the very far left might be Phillips Middle School – once known at […]

A treasure trove

I managed to get my external hard drive hooked up tonight and went looking through the files for some photos I could use for a speed scrap on Facebook with MyMemories. They do that every Sunday night (and other times). But in the process, I discovered some old photos that I honestly didn’t know that I had. They must have come from my mom’s cousin, Jack Webb. I used four of the photos for my layout and found a plug-in […]

Johanna Cornilsen

(The first part of this is modified from a Facebook post.) Johanna Cornilsen married Heinrich Muhs and had two children: Walter and Frieda. Frieda married Henry Korn and had Arthur and Florence, and Florence married Arthur Burrell, had three kids, one of whom was my mother, Janice Burrell Snyder. Walter and Frieda both got married on 11 April 1917, BTW. And I think Johanna went by Hannah. I think she married again after Heinrich (Henry) died – Anton Dengg? I’ll […]