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I began researching my family history many, many years ago. My father was most interested in learning about his relatives who were still alive (whom they were marrying, what their lives were like, etc.) while I was more interested in learning about those people who had come before. We made a good team.
Most of my family immigrated from Bavaria and settled in the Buffalo, New York area from the late 1840's to the early 1880's. I have become very familiar with the United German and French Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, and all the microfilms from the major German Catholic parishes in Buffalo are on long-term loan for me at my local Family History Center of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Many are the hours that I have spent there.
I have made some wonderful contacts in southern Germany who pursue research for me there, and have met wonderful people here in the U.S., both in person and on line, who have helped me in many ways.
The major branches of my tree have the surnames Meidenbauer, Daut, Meier, Festner, Beiter, Wolf, Brachmann, and Hertel.
After being stymied for an unusually long time with my own family and getting restless for more research to do, I started to pick up on my husband's research where he left off. A whole new world of records and research is open to me again as I learn about his relatives who settled in the Baltimore, Maryland area. New cemeteries, Civil War records, Pennsylvania records as well as Maryland ones... I'm happy again.
Once again, I am meeting wonderfully helpful people. Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Baltimore is becoming very familiar to me, as is Loudon Park in Baltimore County.
The major names for this tree are Frank, Schmidt, Schriefer, Denzlein, Nuesslein, Shugars, Samilton, and Thompson.
I like looking for the history that is to be found in cemetery records and on cemetery markers, and I love the idea behind FindAGrave and all of the people out there working to record such a vital part of all of our histories. I'm glad to now be a part of it.
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