New England Regional Genealogical Conference

Until a few months ago, I would not have thought this would be of interest to anyone in our family. EXPLORING NEW PATHS TO YOUR ROOTS The 11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference, Exploring New Paths to Your Roots is being held April 6-10, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Early bird registration before February 15, 2011….
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Anabaptists and The Mennonites

This is not the complete story of the Protestant Reformation, the Anabapists, or the Mennonites. It is a short history to explain their, and our, arrival in Germantown. The Anabaptists Anabaptists (Greek ανα (again, twice) +βαπτιζω (baptize), thus “re-baptizers”) are Christians of the Radical Reformation of 16th-century Europe, and their direct descendants, particularly the Amish,…
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Letter From Grandma K. 1987

Jan 23, 1987 Dear Kim, We are having real winter weather right now – zero weather – blowing & drifting – the whole bit. … Kelly had her baby last night at 11:50, 7lbs 4oz. Name Ashley Elizabeth. I like that. I’m trying to lose some pounds & here I am eating Christmas cookies &…
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Tuna Noodle Casserole

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It may be questionable that Tuna Noodle Casserole qualifies as a choice for Fish Friday, but it does have fish in it, and there isn’t any meat in so it should, right? Yes, I think so too. I don’t recall ever having Tuna Noodle Casserole so much when I was a kid that I learned…
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Fish Friday

Every Friday Grandma K. would have fish for dinner. The fish usually arrived on the table in some sort of fish stick form, although I do remember a number of times that it was fried, or sauteed in butter. We were a meat and potatoes family, and fish wasn’t meat … it was, well, fish….
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Cocoa and Toast

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There was a cup of hot steaming cocoa sitting on Grandma’s dining table waiting for me. Just like every morning when I was dropped off before the school bus came, or maybe I stayed over at her house the night before. There was also a stack of buttered toast sitting on a plate on the…
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The Family Ministers

As I worked on the family tree it has become clear that no one religion defines us as a family. Of course in the current family our main religion has been Evangelical Lutheran, but in both the recent and distant past our people have also been Presbyterian, Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal, Mennonite, Quaker, and at least…
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