Author Archives: Pat Shaul

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related"

Way to confuse the tree !

Today, 187 years ago, my 3 times great grandparents, Peter Koontz and Elizabeth Derr were married in Stark County, Ohio.  They had two children, Caroline and Ezra Peter (1832).  I have not found a record of their divorce, but GGG … Continue reading

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Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Großmutter

Well, actually, 3 times great grandmother.   Today, 232 years ago (1786) in Pleidelsheim, Württemberg, Christiana Regina Bauer was born.  She married Alexander Gärtner on 24 November 1813, in Kleiningersheim.  With the great assistance of the LDS church I have found … Continue reading

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Big Birthday Celebrations 🎂

Today marks the the birthdays of TWO of my four times great grandfathers.   Both born on 11 June, different years. Simeon Botsford was born 255 years ago (1763) in Derby, Connecticut.  He married Esther Clark and they removed to Oakland … Continue reading

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Some heirlooms are living

Not all family heirlooms are passed down in the form of silver, china, and crystal.   Sometimes, plants are passed from one location to another and the lineage of where they were planted goes with them.   That is true of the … Continue reading

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A number of months ago, I found my grandfather’s World War I draft registration on Ancestry. I think was surprised at the misspelling of his middle name.   And wondered why did he not sign the form with his usual flourish … Continue reading

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And more of the Quaker Cemetery …

A number of my family members were buried in Quaker Cemetery in Farmington, Oakland County, Michigan.   Beyond my 4 times great grandparents: Norman Lee, born Nov. 28, 1811.  Died Jan. 5, 1885.  Asleep in Jesus.     Uncle Norman was the … Continue reading

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New Direction …

OK, even I am tired of the We’re Related endless start, stop, restart, and trying to figure out what bad trees they are basing their predictions of relationship upon.  The final straw was today’s notice the Ron Howard was my … Continue reading

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