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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Adam Oesterling


July 12, 1837 – December 28, 1912 Note: I found the following posted publicly on which is why I’m putting quote marks around it. I think it may have been taken originally from the Oesterling family history book that my Aunt Sara wrote. I’m not sure. You will also see the Oesterling numbers associated…
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Elizabeth Forcht Oesterling


April 18, 1842 – May 6, 1895 For awhile I thought that Elizabeth Forcht might be a brick wall in our tree as the Oesterlings seemed to focus on connecting to their namesakes and not so much on the people that married into the family. I couldn’t find much information on her other than that…
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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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The Oesterling Number

Everyone in the Oesterling clan has a number. I always thought it was a weird German thing, that we quickly know our place in the family by the number we held. I’m sure this system came about because this line of the family was so large and it was hard to remember who belonged where….
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In My Dreams And Chance Meetings

My dreams have always been important to me. I live and work and play as much in dreamland as I do in waking life. In my dreams I make discoveries, solve my problems and create my projects. I dream in color most of the time. You might wonder what my dreams have to do with…
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The Ralston Tartan

Someone on twitter was talking about kilts today and I remembered something this morning that I can only call one of my hmmmm moments. While researching family and finding our Scottish ancestors, I also started looking up tartan patterns. One year in the late 1980s Grandma Kradel decided to knit afghans for all the grandkids…
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