Remember: Memorial Day 2018


Picture of Memorial in Village of Lyndon Station, WI. At least 12 of my relatives are listed from Spanish-American through Korean Period of service in Army or Navy.

Picture of my Great-Uncle Henry Wendland, who served in World War. Through reach, he did not make overseas but did die in later 1918 of the flu while in camp. His two brothers did serve overseas, made it back alive but with war injuries and PDSD that shorten their lives and mental health.

Remember: Memorial Day 2018

Windsor Today and Yesterday, Well 20yrs or so


Like some of you today, I watched via DVR the wedding of Meghan and Harry in Windsor, England. It was a very interesting watch. My wife and I had been to Windsor, St. George’s Chapel back in June 1999, so fun to re-live our own visit to the Town, Castle and by boat on River Thames from London.

Also I had been there one other time in March 1987, and visited some of same sights. I remember buying some cocktail glasses with the Windsor Castle on it. Those have since seen there day of use.

Windsor Today and Yesterday, Well 20yrs or so

Business: Keep it Fun & Exciting


Have been busy lately helping one client with Family Tree Maker files, another client with a Research Request of the Montgomery County, New York, Department of History and Archives, to learn more about ancestors from Johnstown during pre-coloninal, Revolutionary and early Republic.

Also a new client with a request for service to determine Genealogical Proof of relationship among known ancestors, moving back to Germany and Prussia.

Exciting time. Now work on another Research Request Proposal sent to me for other Genealogy work.

Keep Genealogy Fun

Business: Keep it Fun & Exciting

Genealogy Special Interest Groups


SIGs are Coming to my local genealogy society DCAGS

With similar idea of APG SIG development, I and the outreach committee are in process of offering special genealogy groups forming with Dane County Area Genealogical Society.

Do you want to become more involved with DCAGS at a more personal level? Looking to make connections and build a community with others who live near you or share your specific interests? We hope to offer Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within DCAGS to support members at a more granular level and promote the activities of members. Special Interest Groups will exist to support our Society development and deepening of networks among DCAGS members in a specific area of knowledge, learning, or technology.

President DCAGS
Bob Rettammel

Genealogy Special Interest Groups

Earth Day 2018: Remember Founder Gaylord Nelson from my State of Wisconsin


Nearly 50 yrs ago Wisconsin leadership were leaders in the environmental movement. As a reminder of that, here is an article about Gaylord Nelson, who founded Earth Day in 1970. He died in 2005 but his legacy is an important one to revisit.

“Preservation of the environment is important as well as Perservation of Family History. We learn from the past, if we keep the knowledge going forward.” Rettammel Genealogy.

WI Founding-earth-day-one-of-many-achievements

Earth Day 2018: Remember Founder Gaylord Nelson from my State of Wisconsin

Resources & Sources to help with History of Photography


Recently, Simone Munson, Collection Development Coordinator, Library Archives, and Museum Collections, at the Wisconsin Historical Society, gave a presentation to Dane County Area Genealogical Society (DCAGS) on Photography Dating. Excellent program!

I wanted to share some of the website links she provided to me:

A video created by the George Eastman Museum, titled “Talbot’s Process” https://www.youtube.com/user/GeorgeEastmanHouse

Also these resources:

Family photo detective: https://search.library.wisc.edu/catalog/9910993772302121

Dressed for the photographer: https://search.library.wisc.edu/catalog/999770987802121

My likeness taken: https://search.library.wisc.edu/catalog/9910019727002121

American Menswear: https://search.library.wisc.edu/catalog/9910121679002121

Encyclopedia of clothing: https://search.library.wisc.edu/catalog/9910064255702121

The Printed Picture: https://search.library.wisc.edu/catalog/9910064139102121

Photographs Archival Care and Management: https://search.library.wisc.edu/catalog/9910021610402121

Resources & Sources to help with History of Photography