Grateful Dead: Sound Storm outside Rock Festival.


Wisconsin History

Next week is the 51st Anniversary of the Grateful Dead Sound Storm concert in Poynette, Wisconsin. The first Wisconsin outside rock festival. Thanks Irene York for placement on her farm.

See the following historical essay: https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS374#:~:text=Grateful%20Dead%20Performing%2C%201970&text=Sound%20Storm%2C%20Wisconsin’s%20first%20outdoor,of%20Poynette%20in%20Columbia%20County.

Grateful Dead: Sound Storm outside Rock Festival.

Some Steps to Successful Genealogy Research


Good reminders

  1. The Objective
    • Identify your question or questions.
    • What will your search strategies look like?
    • Break down the objectives into smaller, focused mini-goals.
  2. Sources you want to Search
    • List Record Groups that may help answer your research question.
    • List specific sources to search within record groups.
    • Locate Repositories holding the sources, are they at the archive or library?
  3. Search the Source
    • Have a research log – Note all results – positive and negative.
    • Copy raw information or obtain a copy (certified?) of the original document.
    • Record the source citation data (very important to due at time of research!).
  4. Review and Analyze the Information
    • Evaluate the Information (you need to do this).
    • Record the findings in notes or a database or excel sheet.
    • Determine next Steps (there is always more we can do, plus new sources open up).
    • Oh the possibilities
  5. Repeat the Steps above.
  6. Don’t forget to also look at those experts in the field that have been able to answer research questions with thoughtful analysis and evidence. They are our guides to being successful.

Some Steps to Successful Genealogy Research

Black History Month: Underground Railroad in Wisconsin


The Milton House was supposedly a part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. The house was built in 1845 by Joseph Goodrich and turned into an Inn. The frame house and log cabin behind the Inn were also built by Goodrich, along with the Milton House Tavern. The Milton House was later taken over and turned into a museum.

The Milton House was supposedly a part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. The house was built in 1845 by Joseph Goodrich and turned into an Inn. The frame house and log cabin behind the Inn were also built by Goodrich, along with the Milton House Tavern. The Milton House was later taken over and turned into a museum.

Wisconsin Historical Society, Creator, Title, Image ID. Viewed online at https://wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Image/IM39828

Historical Essays: https://wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS566

Black History Month: Underground Railroad in Wisconsin

Remember the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945


Today is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945 by the 60th Army of the First Ukrainian Front. Visit http://auschwitz.org/en/

In 2014 I visited Berlin and went through the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe”, called Holocaust Memorial by most Berliners. Opened in May 2005, the memorial in Berlin-Mitte is located near the Brandenburg Gate. It took 17 years for the Memorial to be completed in Berlin. Its foundation stone was a Bundestag resolution passed on June 25, 1999 to erect a Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This was followed by years of discussion and deliberation, until the Monument was completed on May 8, 2005. US architect Peter Eisenman conceived the winning design consisting of 2711 rectangular blocks of concrete laid out in grid formation, recalling tombstones.

Here are pictures from my visit:

Remember the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945

Back in 2016 worked on a small project for the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” – Season 8


I came across this reminder today as I organized my business files. I was given credit for working on the TV Show for “Who Do You Think You Are?”, Season 8 and the episode where Jessica Biel appeared in April 2017. I received a copy of the tape of the show in 2017 and noticed at the end that I was given credit or acknowledgment for the research I did (and was used in the show), I am 5th person listed. So I thought by now I can show it.

Having Fun with Genealogy.

Back in 2016 worked on a small project for the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” – Season 8

Goodbye to 2020: My Year in Genealogy during the Pandemic of COVID-19


The year started out normal but by start of March news and events of the virus now known as COVID-19 changed everything. Here are some of things that I was able to accomplish during this year for my business and endeavors in Genealogy.

  1. In early April I participated in the Wisconsin Historical Society’s COVID-19 Journal Project. The Division of Library, Archives, and Museum Collections sent out a request for people to participate in a journal project to document their daily activities, views, and thoughts on personal events during the beginning stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Individual participants could document in various formats, textual journals in digital format, traditional writing, video, web-based journals, blogs, and other formats that meet the needs of those participating. I did a daily journal for 2 and half months or April through June 2020, with various thoughts of my day, world events and other personal insights I felt were relevant to share. My hope was that some of my words would offer future researchers some insight into how one citizen viewed the world and events during very changing world of 2020. If I am lucky, some future historian or genealogists in 100 yrs might review my journal and see something they thought was interesting or funny. I enjoyed the experience and it felt like I was also giving back to an institution I highly respect and use today – Wisconsin Historical Society.
  2. I was fortunate that I had a few clients established for work in late 2019. I was able to work steady on several genealogy and history projects with the Pope Farm Conservancy and Friends of the Pope Farm Conservancy for 8 months this year. A link to some of the work is included in their final project entitled “The History of Pope Farms: Owners, Settlers, and Farmers” is a product of the Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy Education Team. See https://www.popefarmconservancy.org/stories-of-the-land/the-history-of-pope-farms/ Rettammel Genealogy Service is given acknowledgement on page iii. I thank Mel Pope, Chair of the Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy for his request of my service. It was great to learn from him and also research the historical families that came from Germany and settled on farms in the Town of Middleton area in the 1850s and 1860s.
  3. On the continued education in the genealogy field I am in the process of taking steps to become a certified genealogists through the Board of Certification of Genealogists (BCG). To actual start the clock in early 2021, I am currently busy being involved in a monthly Certification Accountability Group via Zoom. The participates are those currently on the clock and those who plan to submit the BCG Application in 2021. The group has met a couple times and we all indicate what we are working on, what we accomplished in the past month and what we plan for the next month. So far it has focused my efforts on the requirements for becoming certified by 2022. I have a good start on my chosen Case Study requirement, I am nearing my completion the Development Activities requirement, I have a Research Report Prepared for Another Person requirement picked, and an idea for the KDP Project requirement (Kinship-Determination Project). So that is keeping busy and a better genealogist for the future.

Looking forward to 2021 and better times for all genealogists doing interesting work

Goodbye to 2020: My Year in Genealogy during the Pandemic of COVID-19

November 11th Salute


November 11th is a day first remembered as the day WWI ended since that time many Men and Women have been called or volunteered to be in a branch of military service. I did not serve however I grew up with my father and many uncle’s who did serve.


Below is one example of 3 of my uncle’s, Art, Arnie and Ed Rettammel who were part of the 32nd Division, 121st Field Artillery who served in WWII. They eventually were sent to Australia, then New Guinea, Phillipines fighting against Japan from 1942-1945, over 3 yrs overseas. They did come back but I am sure they were affected by the horror of war. So I salute their service and the stories of those who served next to them but never came back.

November 11th Salute

Look at the most complete, entirely free, online calendar of genealogy conferences & events.


To keep up with conferences and other presentations all in one place, I recommend this site. ConferenceKeeper.org

https://conferencekeeper.org/virtual/?utm_source=sendfox&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new-genealogy-events-added-to-conferencekeeper-this-past-week-and-more

Look at the most complete, entirely free, online calendar of genealogy conferences & events.

Board for Certification of Genealogists and DNA privacy rules.


Judy Russell has excellent information on the Board for Certification of Genealogists and DNA privacy rules.

https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2020/10/18/bcg-modifies-dna-privacy-rules/

Cite: Judy G. Russell, “BCG modifies DNA privacy rules,” The Legal Genealogist (https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog : posted 18 Oct 2020).

Board for Certification of Genealogists and DNA privacy rules.