This is an ongoing history of my German and Polish ancestors, their lives and the factors that caused them to "cross the ocean" to create new lives in America!
Why My Family History?
When did my quest for searching my ancestry begin? The earliest I can remember is when my paternal grandmother gave me a black onyx ring with a tiny diamond in the center. She told me that the diamond had come from one of the three tiny diamonds in her wedding pendant from 1917. The necklace had been broken over the years and she subsequently took the 3 diamonds out and had them made into rings. I remember quizzing her on her parents and grandparents and there was no turning back. Now many years later I am still searching and learning; once bitten by the genealogy bug there is no stopping. And the search goes on and on............
Explanation of Blog Header
The header (above) that appears on this blog was created after much deliberation as to how to adequately depict the focus and theme of "Two Sides of the Ocean".
With this header, you will see images of a lighthouse and harbor area which is reminiscent of the lighthouse in southwest Michigan where two lines of my family immigrated to. There are two photos included from Germany including one showing the village of Schwarzenbach by Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany where my Bauer family originated and a photo of the Evangelical Church of Gross Tuchen, Bütow, Pommern where my Kolberg and Kramp families originated.
The 4 photos in the center are of my 4 great-grandmothers, namely Amelia (Schluessler) Wellhausen, Mary (Rubis) Kijak, Bertha (Kramp) Kolberg and Juliane (Feucht) Schulte. Two of these great-grandmothers were born on "this" side of the ocean while the other two were born on the "other" side of the ocean.
Photos in Blog
All photos in this blog are created so that the reader may click on the photo to enlarge.
All photos are either from my own collection, photos that I have personally taken or photos that I have permission to use.