Monthly Archives: September 2011

Ancestors making music

I’d preceded my visit to Sioux County, Iowa, with a few phone calls to locals in hopes of finding a handmade pipe organ said to have been built by a Vander Maten ancestor who immigrated from the Netherlands. Armed with … Continue reading

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Cemetery sojourns

I recently spent a lot of time wandering through Iowa cemeteries looking for the grave markers of deceased ancestors. Sometimes cooperative relatives, friends, or random strangers helped and accompanied me. Sometimes I wandered alone. Drizzle, breeziness, or sunshine, I frequently … Continue reading

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Why blog?

When I started my family history project, it was a pretty haphazard enterprise. I talked to my family and looked here and there for bits of information that might answer specific questions. About some people, I already knew a great … Continue reading

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