Dorothy Schwieder, professor of history, Iowa State University, wrote a brief summary of Iowa’s history which can be found on the State Library of Iowa’s webpage. Iowa records June 1833 as the date for the first white settlement. Iowa became a state in 1846. Xaver Aleck arrived in the 1850s, and the Gage’s and DeJean’s came around 1880 … Continue reading Iowa – A glimpse into the lives of our ancestors
One thing that seems to be a tradition in my family is facial hair. We come from a long line of bearded or mustached gentlemen. Not all of them were bearded, of course. But my father is a bearded man and, as a result, I have an affinity for beards. Even my husband sports a … Continue reading Bearded
So I missed three weeks, and am writing for a fourth. Prosperity Our most prosperous ancestor to date would be found on the Aleck side of our family. The Alecks, Gages, and DeJeans did well in the face of adversity. They didn’t become any Rockefeller’s, wouldn’t that be nice? But they became affluential in their … Continue reading 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Will I Ever Catch Up?
One of these days, I will be back on track. Here are three weeks of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. So Far Away I have written before about my mother’s side of the family. They come from Thailand. They are my ancestors who are so far away in so many ways. The most obvious is the distance, … Continue reading 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – still behind
Ok, so I am off to a bad start by missing two weeks. The second week was Favorite Photo. That was a tough one. I don’t have one favorite photo, and I am not a fan of posting family photos. But I love finding pictures of relatives, especially ancestors. So, I would have to say … Continue reading Catching Up with 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks