Below is the advertisement for my presentation tomorrow afternoon at the Stoughton Area Senior Center
How to Start or Revisit Your Family History Bob Rettammel, Professional Genealogist, will lead a discussion on research methods for tracing your family’s history in America. You will learn about genealogical relationships and traditional family trees and charts. Learn a step-by-step procedure for finding genealogical information at home via public sources, databases and other source information to gather evidence to confirm connections among family members. This discussion will also include a brief introduction to DNA use in Genealogy.
World War I: Discovering Facts About My Wisconsin Ancestor Soldiers
As I was growing up I had heard stories of an ancestor who served in World War I and was an uncle to my father. However, my own father never knew this uncle since he died before my father was born. My Great-Uncle Theodore Rettammel died in March 1919, while in the military. On November 11, 1918, that ended World War I. The information I originally had about him was limited. As well as many from his generation were also deceased before I took an interest in genealogy, in the late 1970s. Theodore’s tombstone was always something I saw every Memorial Day when my Dad would put flowers on his grave. I also knew something about his dates of birth and death since they are listed on the tombstone in the family cemetery in Wisconsin.
Many of my Ancestors (both paternal and maternal) first came to America and settled in Chicago in the mid to late 19th century. Most had left Germanic areas of central or northeastern Europe, at the time. Some were Pomeranian, West Prussian, others Bohemian.
Of course that is at the time of about 1850s and 1860s.
As part of American Black History Month, I wanted to see what German-American figures at that same time supported or were active in the African-American effort to end black slavery in the U.S.
Here are two figures of note, I am sure there are others. I hope to learn of more German-American individuals who supported the black community to end slavery, maybe others can share that knowledge with me.
In meantime, Notable German-American abolitionists in “Chicago” included.
Found this picture today. My Grandma Amelia Maas nee Podrasky in 1935 graduation from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Lyndon Station, WI. My Grandma is in the very back (two rows in back of priest). She looks tall but was not. A beautiful 15 year old girl at the time.