Allis-Chalmers, family history, History

Week 3: Favorite Photo

We're on week 3 of 52 for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge, and tonight's post is about my favorite photo. My family has a long tradition of farming. My Great-Great-Grandpa Johann Frederick came to America from Prussia in 1869 and settled on 80 acres of land in Sugar Island, Wisconsin. He farmed… Continue reading Week 3: Favorite Photo

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Week 2: Favorite Find

We are on to week two of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. The prompt for this week is our favorite find in our research. Wow, what a tough one because there are so many! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy finding the vital records of my ancestors. They are the pieces that… Continue reading Week 2: Favorite Find

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Week 1: Foundations

I learned about this fun activity that Amy Johnson Crow of Generations Connection puts on each year called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. It's a series of writing prompts that help family historians, like myself, to write and share our ancestors' stories. I joined Crow's Facebook group Generations Cafe by an invitation from a cousin… Continue reading Week 1: Foundations

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Birthday Cards to Lorraine – February 15, 1935

I will write you & your brother each a long letter soon. But I just came from the show Mrs. Cumnork (?) took me. Last night the Boy Friend & I were to a dance so you will have to excuse this writing be cause I am half a sleep. Wishing you a very happy… Continue reading Birthday Cards to Lorraine – February 15, 1935

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Letters to Lorraine- February 4, 1935

113 North Tenth StreetWatertown, WisconsinFebruary 4, 1935 Dear Lorriane, Must write to you once as I am not very busy tonight, because I got to study periods tomorrow. I was quite busy the last few weeks, because we had our semester exams. I got through in all of them so why should I worry? How… Continue reading Letters to Lorraine- February 4, 1935

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Letters to Lorraine- January 20, 1935

Woodland, WisJan 20, 1935. Dearest Friend Lorraine, Received your letter and was glad to hear from you. Was going to answer back last Sun. But I didn't get no time for I had to work that day. This Sun the rest are gone except dad and my-self so I got lots of time. We had… Continue reading Letters to Lorraine- January 20, 1935

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Letters to Lorraine- January 14, 1935

B.R. Falls WisconsinJanuary 14, 1935 Dear Lorraine, Well how is the world using you these queer day? It is using me as well as can be expected. Only I wanted to go home Saturday night and it snow so hard I couldn't and now it is snowing again I see. I washed to day got… Continue reading Letters to Lorraine- January 14, 1935

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Ancestors in the Great War Update

In a previous post, I wrote about my family members that served in the United States military during World War I. Those were the only three I had known of that had served, but I recently discovered that my Great Granduncle Leo Zillmer also served with American Expeditionary Forces over in Europe. Since then I've… Continue reading Ancestors in the Great War Update

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Family History Book(s)

There is nothing quite like digging up the past! Whether it's visiting your local library  or visiting a research center to sift through primary documents. I find myself getting a taste of a topic and then wanting to know as much about it as I can. Believe me, its hard not to get lost in hours and hours… Continue reading Family History Book(s)

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Lost & Found History

Every now and then I acquire some history that has been lost. This particular piece was found in the floorboards of a home. I recovered it and could not bring myself to throw it away. It was tucked into a small envelope, which is how I used to get report cards. I would like to… Continue reading Lost & Found History