Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan). Archives, Labels (tags), and other links appear at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June Ruminations

On writing: I think 'facts' seem like safer turf to me than 'thoughts'--absurd, when you think about it, because it's so easy to be wrong about facts but when it comes to thoughts, all they have to be is honest.

Cynthia Shenette, of Heritage Zen, took her readers on a 1937 trip to Poland with her Aunt Helen in a series of posts this month. I enjoyed that.

I also found myself well-entertained at J.K. Del Collo's Daily Tombstone Photo, a blog I hadn't visited before--so entertained, in fact, that I went all the way back to the beginning of the blog.

I'm really excited to be working on two new projects, both of them books which will be available to interested readers via Blurb's print-on-demand book publishing service. It will be quite awhile before either of them is ready, but I'm hoping at least one will be done by the end of this year. The projects are:
  1. a book about Kate Pettis Kerr which will include the many photographs I have of her, her family, her art, and her career, along with genealogical and biographical information. Much of the content can be found on this blog. Reader, if you are able to share any information, photos, letters, postcards, anything you may know about Kate Pettis Kerr, please use the Contact page to get in touch with me. I am especially interested in finding any additional paintings or drawings she did. My family has two paintings of her younger son, Rosmer P. Kerr, when he was a little boy, and I'm sure there must have been paintings of her older son, Milton E. Kerr, as well. (Click here to see the artwork I already have.)
  2. a book tentatively titled Joseph Meyer Schulte: His Ancestors and Descendants, which will be co-authored by Cheryl Schulte and will include photographs and information that both of us have gathered during more than twenty years of research. We are currently seeking to contact other Schulte descendants who may have other Schulte photos, especially of Joseph's daughter Ida and son Ted, who are under-represented in our own photo collections, and any biographical information which would bring some life to the genealogical data. In addition, I hope to include a few yearbook-style pages featuring head-shots of all descendants up to the present, as a peek at what kind of family resemblance there might be. Reader, if you are a descendant of Joseph Meyer Schulte and Alvina Tobian, please use the Contact page to get in touch with me.
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June Accomplishments
  • Ye Olde Genealogy Shoppe has been added to my pages. 
  • I finished reading Annie's Ghosts early in the month. More recently, I read William Martin's novel, The Lost Constitution (my comments on that coming soon).
And in the other column . . .
  • After more than three and a half months, my daily post streak is over.
  • I haven't quite finished the Surnames project. I will though, I promise!
  • The June Ruminations post is running late! Good thing there's backdating!


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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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