Charles J. Reif Charles J. Reif was actually born Johann Friedrich Karl Reif on 25 October 1839 in Markröhlitz, Saxony, Germany. He was the fifth of at least ten children born to Johann Friedrich Reif and Johanna Friederike Leitiger there. The family immigrated to the US in October 1846 and seem to have come directly … Continue reading Portraits
unknown Weigel or Widmann children These children belong to the Weigel or the Widmann family. If you recognize anyone in this picture, please contact me.
Birgit Knudsdatter (AKA Betsey Johnson) Betsey Johnson Betsy Johnson was born Birgit Knudsdatter on 25 March 1847 in the Old Muskego settlement in Racine County, Wisconsin. She was the third child born to her parents Knud Johnson Luraas and Gyri Nelsdatter Rue. Betsy lived in Muskego until about 1849 when her family moved up to … Continue reading Portraits
My Turn The investigation into DNA for ancestry research is fascinating to me. I watch "Finding Your Roots" and see the miracles that happen when the written records run out and the guests are left with just their DNA to break through to new information. I have heard stories both happy and sad as DNA … Continue reading Ready or Not…
They've Got a Secret Geigers, Pupps on TV Tonight When five members of one family marry five members of another family that is news. But it's also a secret and four of the couples left here early this morning for New York City to appear in Garry Moore's "I've Got a Secret" television show tonight. … Continue reading Tuesday Newsday