Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Sixth Blogiversary To Me!

Wow, I can't believe that I sat down six years ago determined to blog about my adventures in Family Research. I know the last couple years have been rather sparse, but I am still here. This will be post number 1,458. That's not too shabby.

One thing I miss is my "Thriller Thursday" post. Unfortunately, I've run out of lurid murders or accidents in my family tree. As much as I enjoyed that, I rather hope I don't find any more. They're pretty unsettling.

Here is to six more years!

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

One Piece of Paper Down ... One Hundred to Go

Almost 5 years ago, I posted a Wedding Wednesday for Virginia Whiteside and William Hall. One of their great-grandchildren commented on the post about a year and a half ago. I recently came across the email and printed it out so that I could look for some of their descendants. Well, with the help of, and the Western Michigan Genealogical Society's Newspaper database, I found out more info on this family.

Virginia was my mother's first cousin, but was 16 years older than my mother. Her parents were Josephine Zimmeth and George Whiteside. Josephine was the eldest daughter of August and Augusta Wilhelmina "Mina" Zimmeth. My mother's father was their youngest child. I am pretty sure I met Virginia at my grandfather's funeral in 1979. At that time, pre Family History Detective, I'm afraid I didn't pay much attention.

Now, with the miracle of the internet, I was able to find some more people to add to my tree. 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015


A dear friend lost her mother yesterday. Her mother was quite elderly, and failing over the last year, but still, my friend and her mother were very close.

And it's Christmas in just over two weeks. It is a difficult time of year to lose a parent. DH's mom passed away on this day in 2004. My own mother passed on December 17, 2007. While we look forward to holidays with the kids, we all remember our loved ones whom we miss.

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