Inherited

Family history documents and stories to supplement the genealogical information at tangledbranches.com

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Introduction

I began studying my family history in 1990. The 1920 US Census had just been made public that year, and it sparked interest among several family members to learn more. I began by trying to discover where my Dobbeck ancestors lived in Europe, and I had incredible beginner's luck when I found my great-great-grandfather's baptism record from Kokotzko, West Prussia in the IGI.

When I first registered the domain name tangledbranches.com, I planned to use it to share my family history studies. Basic research in courthouses, churches and libraries (and now the internet) is good and necessary, but only goes so far. Contact with unknown and distant relatives has brought me so much more information than I could ever have discovered on my own. And most of these contacts have been made online - first on Prodigy (anybody remember that?), then GEnie/Compuserve, and after a time, on the World Wide Web. I've been a very poor correspondent during some of that time though. Got too busy with my husband's business, garden blogging, home renovation, garden blogging, etc. Now, I want to begin to steer tangledbranches.com back toward my original intentions. But my databases are a mess from years of neglect and my software is out of date. It'll take some time to get that straightened out. In the meantime, I'd like to share some of the family history treasures that have come my way - the letters, photos, diaries and stories that are time-consuming to organize and upload via genealogical software, but much easier to manage through a blog. This is that blog and I welcome your comments and suggestions.

7 Comments:

At December 2, 2008 5:34 PM , Blogger Annie in Austin said...

"Inherited" - what a great addition to the lineup, Entangled. Thank you. We won't have to go cold turkey when Carol's Grandma Ruth runs out of words.

I used to be on Prodigy in the early 1990's, too, but was on the garden boards rather than on the genealogy pages. Back in those days I was "Kat in IL".

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

 
At December 2, 2008 5:55 PM , Blogger Carol said...

This is wonderful! I can't wait to read these letters from so long ago!

 
At December 3, 2008 8:08 AM , Blogger Entangled said...

Annie: Hope I can keep this interesting for the general public and not just family members. I can't remember whether I ever dropped in on the gardening boards on Prodigy. I spent a lot of time on the cooking and genealogy forums.

Carol: I just posted the first one. Thanks for the inspiration for this - I really admired your grandmother's diaries and your blogging of them.

 
At December 26, 2008 8:51 PM , Anonymous Eileen said...

I am so glad you are doing this. I am not a family member but I did know Elinore Ruth Linden. My father started cutting her grass for her when he was a young boy. Once I was old enought I would help him out. I also did alittle bit of house cleaning for her. She was like family to us. I remember the house so well. I will check back and look forward to reading your next letters.

 
At December 28, 2008 8:45 AM , Blogger Entangled said...

Eileen: Welcome! I'm happy you found this! We discovered Elinore's high school yearbook yesterday while sorting through boxes of family pictures and mementos. Not sure how many other pictures of her we have, but I'll try to post some of her things as we come across them.

 
At December 28, 2008 11:23 PM , Anonymous Eileen said...

I can check with my dad to see what pictures he has. I can scan them and get them sent to you.

 
At December 30, 2008 9:50 PM , Blogger Entangled said...

Eileen: That would be great!. I scanned a couple of photos of Elinore on Sunday, but haven't gotten around to editing and posting yet.

 

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