My Family History web pages
Welcome to my family history web page. As my genealogy work expands, I've needed to expand the page.
Please click the appropriate link below to go to the family page you are interested in.
- Including Birk, Klumpp, Traub and Hanle families, along with related families in the towns of Moesbach, Stadelhoffen and Erlach, Baden, Germany.
See my entire family tree. (Documentation not included.)
My genealogy blog can be found here.
Here are the most popular posts to my blogs, based on hits/views and overall response:
What Constitutes Proof? - My list of all circumstantial evidence pointing to the parents of my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Dunzinger and their family in New York and Wemding, Bavaria. It asks the question, is a lot of circumstantial evidence enough to constitue proof of this connection? This post was mentioned by Drew Smith and George Morgan in their "Genealogy Guys" podcast and by Lisa Louise Cooke in her "Genealogy Gems" podcast.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City - A quick tour of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and recommendations to make the most of your trip there.
Father's Day - 1940 Census - In this post, I detailed what I found about my father and my uncle (my mother's sister's husband) in the 1940 US Census. I took heresay and compared it to facts found in the census and imagined my father riding his bike to his best friend's house in 1940.
yDNA Test Results for Miller/Müller Surname - This was the announcement of what I discovered in my yDNA test results from Family Tree DNA. Sadly, they found no close matches. The most interesting part is my yDNA haplogroup is something I never expected. It seems my great-grandfather's male ancestry originated in the Middle East, likely around Turkey. I'm still not sure what this means but it is definitely interesting.
The Ancestors of Julia Cecelia Doran - An ahnentafel report of the ancestors of my father's mother, Julia Doran.
St. Patrick's Day - Hugh Kelly - This was the announcement of what I discovered about my great-great-grandfather, Hugh Kelly and his life in Northern Ireland, Scotland and his voyage to America. This was a huge discovery I made while in Salt Lake City last year.
Incarcerated in Iowa - An Historical Prison Project - This was the announcement of my cousin's project of scanning in over 11,000 glass plate negatives from the early days of the Iowa State Penetentiary in Fort Madison. I still wish I had more details about the project because I think it is fascinating.
Who Finds Who? - The story of the discovery of the grave of my great-great-great-grandfather, Johannes Heinrich Kempker, in St. James Cemetery, St. Paul, Lee County, Iowa and it's near discovery by the son of my cousin when he literally tripped over it and still didn't see it. The writing on the stone is pretty difficult to make out, especially if you're a boy and it's freezing cold out. Photos his father took document how close he was to finding it.
German Church Record Basics - Part 2 - Latin Records - Samples of words from Latin church books in Germany including how they look, the transliterated word in the text, the translation and explanation, if needed. This should help you make sense of what you find in German church books prior to about 1800.
German Church Record Basics - Part 1 - German Records - Samples of words from German church books including how they look, the transliterated word in the text, the translation and explanation, if needed. This should help you make sense of what you find in German church books after about 1800.