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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The Mystery Has Been Solved, I Think!


Oh John Oesterling, you man of mystery. The puzzle of your origins may have been solved. The only thing we knew about the Oesterling origins was that John, Peter, and Leonhard’s parents last names were Oesterling/Kradel. At least that’s how they have been written in every tree that I’ve come across. I had been given…
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National Tartan Day (American)

Something new for us to celebrate! Americans of Scottish descent have played a vibrant and influential role in the development of the United States. From the framers of the Declaration of Independence to the first man on the moon, Scottish-Americans have contributed mightily to the fields of the arts, science, politics, law, and more. Today,…
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Oesterlings Hold 70th Reunion At Family Home


July 8, 1957 Butler Eagle, Butler, Pennsylvania OESTERLING FIVE GENERATIONS–Tiny Kimberly Ann Kradel, is the fifth generation of the Albert H. Oesterling family pictured above. With Mr. Oesterling is his daughter Mrs. Clarence Keck, shown holding Kimberly Ann; his grand-daughter, Mrs. Harry Kradel; and his great-grandson, Donald Kradel. The family reunion was held July 4,…
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The Cast Was White And Heavy

My leg, freshly broken, was wrapped in layers of hard, white plaster between my left knee and my left big toe. On the other end of my body my face was puffy and swollen, beet red from crying. All I could think about was the idea that my body now had an imperfection. A leg…
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Abigail Lawrence: 1739 – 1805

May 7, 1739 – October 2, 1805 Abigail, along with her twin sister Mercy, was born in Weston, Middlesex County, in Massachusetts on May 7, 1739. She is sometimes recorded with a birthday of May 9th. She is the daughter of William Lawrence (May 20, 1711 – July 11, 1774) and Mary Perry (Parry)(September 7,…
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The Romance of John Train and Margaret Dix

The demand for servants among the earliest immigrants to Massachusetts Bay Colony is demonstrated in an order of the Court of Assistants of 1 March 1630/1: … Further, it is ordered, that whatever person hath received any Indian (Native American) into their family as a servant shall discharge themselves of them by the 11th of…
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