-- Oh my, SO much time has gone by since my last on-line update. And so much has happened! Mom is now in heaven with Dad; we lost our dear pooch last fall (Summer's Place is named after our much loved pet); I've met via email new 'cousins' (Dan & Nina to name two...) and am happy to share my research with them. And how exciting to be able to add to MY family data - as much as I enjoy the hunt, I couldn't do it all without the hints, nudges and facts from kin across the world. Thanks to one and all!! I hope I am able to help add information to YOUR family tree :-)
-- Another year has come and
gone... Today is a perfect opportunity to recollect - those who have
gone before us, served our (or some other) country valiantly - some have
even given their lives in services - soldier, sailor, police or fire. Those
of you who know me know I place a very high value on FAMILY!
These last few weeks have been not only busy but fruitful! I have been in contact with 'cousins' far and wide... Some have pointed me in new directions while others have corrected data collected over the years. I thank you for this contact! Without your input (Joe, Janine, Heinz, Duane to name a few) I would NOT be able to 'find' our missing kin!
-- I can't believe so much time has gone by since the last update! But I have been busy adding not only more 'kin' to the database but I've been corresponding with cousins - new and old. I love it when families come together like a puzzle and yes, I still have pieces missing but more holes are being filled!!
Brenda Racila has provide SO much information on the Brand side - she is descended from the brother of my Adam Brand! Way cool!< Joyce Floyd and Bill Bodenlos have added to the Pimsner side.
I went to a family reunion in May and met some very nice people - all related on the Pimsner side. And, I met a distant cousin who lives in Central California and her husband. Cathy (with a C) is descended from the Ballasch connection. Around the time I was thinking of this reunion, I connected with another Ballasch descendent - this was Kathy (with a K formerly of Southern CA)! Thanks for sharing your photos ladies!
-- Here goes another update!
I have been fortunate in that many of the marriage certs I've ordered from
the Cleveland Archives have been 'kin'. There are many more with common surnames
found in my database but I've not yet been able to find a match or link. (I'm
adding surnames to the Cuyahoga
County USGenWeb Marriages page so if you see a marriage license you KNOW
fits in my database, I'd appreciate your letting me know!)
It was pretty exciting to actually meet the granddaughter of Simon Pimsner
as well as the great granddaughter of Theresia Ballasch. Both ladies are descended
from the siblings of my great grandmother, Anna Marie Dittmer!
I recently started a blog for Pimsner research! I'm not sure I have enough subject matter to keep this up but I'm going to sure try! You can find it at: http://budlink.wordpress.com/
Next, other than adding to this database, I will be to create a mailing list
AND a monthly 'family' newsletter. We shall see how THAT goes!
-- I'm loving the ability to do my research from the comfort of my home! I usually have about 6 websites open and move between them checking data as I go! If you haven't tried the FamilySearch.org 'pilot' search then you are in for a treat!
With that said, I have been adding information to the allied families of my Pimsner line. One of the surnames that keeps popping up is GEDEON. This name has married into every family!
-- I've been adding MORE data
- almost on a daily basis. I'm not sure I could have done this without my computer
since SO much information is now available at the click of a mouse.
I was saddened to hear cousin Larry Mielenz has passed away this month. I
have SO missed our almost monthly telephone calls since the middle of summer
when I realized he was not well. While on vacation I called Larry to confirm
our finally getting to meet after all these years but Larry had to decline.
He was just too ill for visitors. I spoke with him twice after returning home
and figured he would not last much longer. You are in a better place, Larry.
I have been transcribing cemetery information for the Cleveland Genealogical Society. Eventually they will have an on-line database of ALL cemeteries with 'residents'.
-- Once again, I've been a
busy girl! We took a long vacation in September to visit with various friends
and family across the US. One of our stops was Cleveland Ohio. We met Louise
and Karl (and Karl's lovely wife, Mary). Thanks to our awesome tour guides,
I now have photographs of the church where Johann Dittmer and Anna Marie Pimsner
were married! (Photographs of the church will be added at a later date) I also
have an idea of the neighborhood the Pimsner's, Ballasch, Gedeon, etc families
lived after moving to Cleveland from Metzenseiphen.
The three of us (Louise, Karl and I) met another Pimsner 'cousin' - Arlene Pimsner!! Oh happy days!! Descendents of 3 Pimsner siblings (Theresia, Simon and Anna Marie) actually visited for the first time. I was hoping for a 4th but Duane Frantz was unable to make it. Darn!
Norm and I were also able to meet another Pimsner 'cousin'. Kris from New York!!
What a great tour guide we had when we stayed at her lovely home!
-- I've been a busy girl!
Of course, my MAIN focus has been adding information to our Pimsner family
and just last week, I found a 'missing' death certificate for Theresia
(Pimsner) Ballasch! Imagine my shock and great joy! Along with this certificate
I ended up finding 15 MORE! Some were not as 'newsy' and some added additional
mystery to the project! But cousin Kris Pimsner and I were talking
about some of my 'missing' data and we FOUND the clues to put the puzzle
pieces together! Thanks, Kris!
Along with researching the Pimsner family, I have also had the great excitement of being contacted by yet another distant Dittmer cousin! Caroleen lives in the land 'down under' and thanks to research she and another cousin did some years back, we have found OUR connection! I will add Caroleen's family information to my database for the next time I update which, I hope, won't be almost a year away...
In the not too distant future, I will be printing all the Wurzbach and related family information specially for Aunt Shirley! I've been looking and looking for her ancestors but have had NO luck these last 10 years or so... And it's no wonder - I've been spelling the surname incorrectly which is why once I found the REAL spelling names kept falling into place! Hurrah!
My database has grown in leaps and bounds - and I've been having so much fun 'finding' missing kin!!
-- Almost a year has gone by since I last updated my website.. Oh I've been busy and I'm oh so thrilled to be able to say 'But there's MORE!' Especially since I received a most exciting piece of mail yesterday - a brown manila envelope arrived from distant cousin, Louise Tupper! Louise has provided me with the 'missing' Pimsner family (Theresia Ballasch descendents). Thank you SO much, Louise, for taking the time and filling in my blank spaces! You have helped me enter the missing puzzle pieces. Our family is now whole!
And as you page around, you will notice a new 'look' to this data. I hope you like it! Jeannette
-- I have added additional
information for the PIMSNER family! I have also checked and double checked data
found using both Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest for all things Pimsner related! Anyone
viewing this data and having corrections and/or updates, PLEASE contact me!! Other
than the descendents of Steven (Stephen) Pimsner, all Pimsner's from Slovakia
ARE related!!! Jeannette
-- I have added NEW
information for the PIMSNER family! Thanks to researcher, Michael
Sura, a resident
of Kosice Slovakia, I have additional generations for PIMSNERS living in
Nizny Medzev (Metzenseiphen) Slovakia!! Michael has more data for me but
until I fully understand 'who' is related and how, I will hold off adding these
additional Pimsner names...
-- I am adding some photos of
my Lowrey cousins! I have also managed to find some additional Pimsner data so
these web cards are slightly changed. For everyone I owe print-outs.. you are
not forgotten!! I am recovering from major surgery and hope to get to these items
by April. I 'may' be caught up by then ;-D
-- I have added NEW
information for the PIMSNER family! Thanks to researcher, Michael
Sura, a resident
of Kosice Slovakia, I now have additional generations for PIMSNERS living in
Nizny Medzev (Metzenseiphen) Slovakia!! Unbelievable!
You will also see Pimsner 'family' photos have been added! Thanks so much to
cousin, Arlene! How wonderful to have someone to share the Pimsner research
-- I have been busy talking
with so many cousins (Mom's cousins, 2nd cousins, etc...) and I owe many
of them print-outs for THEIR families... Data has been flowing
in so quickly that no sooner do I get something printed and it's
already out-of-date... I am also working on a GEDCOM file (minus
my Hopp family data) for 2 cousins on the Brand side...
Thanks to Arlene Pimsner, I HAVE added the individual family photos and,
thanks to Heinz Schleussner (and his wife) photocopies of original documents
are being translated!!
I will soon be adding PIMSNER pictures!! Cousin Arlene Pimsner
has come through with both unbelievable pictures but also documentation! Wait
until you see!! Some of the items
I updated the DITTMER information
- at last!
I now have both
the birthplace AND parentage of Johann Anton Christian Dittmer! I
will soon be updating my website to show his parents, grandparents
and links to copies of 'official' documents. This
is way too cool!! Thanks to Silvi Harrfeldt of Genealogus
Hamburg for all her wonderful help! (Silvi has also provided
additional information on the Pimsner family who, surprise, lived in
and emigrated from Hamburg!)
-- Another BIG surprise! I am now in contact with descendents
of Jacob & Eva May! Holly Liter sent an email message to Larry
Mielenz who forwarded the message to me. I
have also 'corresponded' with Holly's mother, Pamela Liter. Wow! Talk
a wonderful surprise! Out of the blue I was given ALL the information
I've been missing about Jacob May! Lucy Dunigan had a friend send me an
email message. Lucy and I have spoken on the phone and sent letters... Lucy
lives in the house Jake built in Trinidad Colorado! Lucy has provided dates
as well as some old news article copies and an actual photo of the home
taken in the very early 1900's. Thank you so very much, Lucy
for helping me answer the question "Whatever happened to Uncle Jake?"
I first got interested in my family tree while a Junior in high school -- oh, about 1968. I started asking
questions and sending away for information (thank heavens, postage at THAT time was still manageable - about $0.08 - $0.10
I was fortunate to strike up a correspondence with relatives and kin on many sides of my family. A coworker of mine shared
her experiences in family research and told me about the vast holdings of the Mormon Church. Holy Cow! What a bonanza!
After many years and many reels of microfilm, I have been able to put together what I think is a fairly accurate picture of
my family background. I know I've missed some people and places and hope, as you look through this data, you will spot these
errors and let me know!
A sad fact reinforced today is that many records have been destroyed
over the years. Much of what I am after in the Chicago area no longer
exists due to the Chicago Fire of 1870. Also, for some of my research
in Europe, records were destroyed due to the many wars - 'world' caliber
or not... I am so thankful (and grateful) the Mormon Church has microfilmed
and/or photocopied so many municipal records. This is the only way
we can view them in the 21st century!
Uncle Dick Brand was always very enthusiastic and encouraging! The
more questions I asked the more answers he provided. This, of course,
led to more questions with more answers, etc... He provided many of
the original photos so I could copy them for my records. Luckily I
was able to record his voice during a wonderful visit not long before
he died. Aunt Betty recently contributed by updating their family
data. She also recently sent me a CD her nephew had created with scanned
images of some old family photos. Many of these photos have been added!
I am adding to the Brand family information thanks to a query
by Kathy Laman. Kathy is a descendent of John Brand who was a brother
to Adam Brand!! Kathy has been so kind in sharing the information
she has about her line of Brands!
to Ulrike Bachmann's research, Mathias Brand has been found!
(As well as his parents and grandparents!)
I have to give a BIG Thank you to a perfect stranger - Cyndi Gipp. Cyndi provided so much information I have been able to add to the FRANZEN picture. I am in the process of ordering the passenger ship manifest. This is such an exciting find for me as I have been looking for Anna Marie Franzen for over 30 years! Now I have also found her siblings AND her parents! Holy Cow! Thanks again, Cyndi! I could not have done it without you!
A newer correspondent and source of data is cousin Larry Mielenz. Larry answered a query of mine and lo and behold we determined we
were related! (It's so much fun to find cousins!) Larry provided me with data HE has collected on the Mai and related families.
Some of the Pimsner data is old -- Amalia Pimsner, a distant cousin, was very gracious in answering my questions
about a family I knew nothing about. She herself knew little about her kin not living in the Cleveland, Ohio area but shared
a family groupsheet from another cousin.
I recently started adding to this family 'history' due to queries and access to some distant databases. I would really like to
hear from anyone researching the Pimsner surname. For more information on this family and their place of origin, you
can go to:
Here's a photo of Metzenseifen sent to me from cousin Kris Pimsner. Thanks,
My Hopp and Neander information is more recent. I've been working with Ulrike
Bachmann (a professional researcher) in Germany for this research actually located IN Germany. Marie Powlison, the oldest of the Hopp cousins and
my dad's Godmother, was my first HOPP informant and a wonderful correspondent for many years. I reread many of her letters and know
she would be so pleased to see the information I have found on HER family.
Tom Dittmer has been most helpful in supplying the Dittmer data I have for the families of Anthony, Andrew and Carl Dittmer.
I was fortunate to have both corresponded and met Aunts Julia and Rose some years back. I also met Tom and some of his siblings during
that visit. Uncle Tony was my first source when I started my Dittmer research. He too provided me with some valuable information.
A new 'direction' for research is the Hauser surname. Clara Brand married William Hauser. As of late, I've gotten many
queries about this connection. I have Tom Ruhland to thank for the information I currently have.
One last person really giving me fits is my great grandmother, Anna
or Eleonor Helwig Breagel Franke. She is proving a major mystery
and quite difficult to obtain ANY information about. Luckily for me,
there's now another sleuth on her trail! Barb Bloedorn of Plainfield
Illinois is also researching this line as her husband is also a descendent
of 'Annie'. If there's anyone else out there with information about
this elusive woman, both Barb and I would really like to hear from you!!
If you are interested, I have researched the following information
with regard to arrival in the United States. So far, I've
managed to find 7 families!! (Once transcribed,
I will be add links at each ship to the transcription showing information
about the ship, passengers and crew.)