Would You Like To Guest Post?

Chasing Our DNA would love some guest posts from family members! If you’ve been wondering why the posts are slow going here, it’s just because sometimes I just don’t have anything to write about, or I’ve had to back burner my research. So if you’ve got a family story to tell, or share, or some…
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Oesterling Family Reunion


I didn’t get an invitation this year, but my sources say that the Oesterling Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2014 at Butler Memorial Park. I remember a few of these reunions from when I was kid. I think we had to stop going to them because I was such a misbehaver…
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October Means It’s Time For Soup!


Every year, the first weekend in October, Grandma Kradel invited everyone out to the house for the last official picnic of the year – the annual Soup Picnic. She’d make a big pot of her homemade (of course it was homemade!) vegetable soup, which actually had beef and beef broth in with the vegetables. It…
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Judy Lee Kradel Christy


November 26, 1964 ~ October 6, 2013 Judy L. (Kradel) Christy, 48, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away on October 6, 2013. She was born November 26, 1964 in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania to Marlene (Bures) Kradel McCloskey and the late Donald A. Kradel. Judy graduated from Butler High School in 1982 and went on to Butler…
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The Local Swimming Hole

Butler Pool 2

In Butler, Pennsylvania, circa the 1960s and 70s while I was growing up, the place to be at this time of year was the Butler Memorial Pool. OK, so maybe it was not a swimming hole, per se, but it was our urban equivalent. This is the place every one in town went to on…
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A Better Idea Of Where


Above is a map of the area just south of Darmstadt where much of the German tree comes from. I used our newly found ancestor, Johann Peter Oesterling, to make a pinpont – which the map did automagically on the town of Fränkisch-Crumbach, where Johann Peter Oesterling was twice married, and I think the map…
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