“All History is Personal:” August 1961

US Tank at Ckpt Charlie

The year 1961 was eventful for several reasons.  It marked the centennial of the Civil War, the first manned space flights, the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, and the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, among other events. In August, 1961, my father, then a captain in the United States Army, was sent on temporary duty from his post in …Continue reading →


St Louis History: Charles W. Steiner, 1860-1950

From Centennial History of Missouri, Vol. III (St Louis-Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1921) Charles W. Steiner, president and treasurer of the Steiner Engraving & Badge Company, of St. Louis, was here born October 5, 1860, the son of Otto and Mrs. Katherine (Oehler) Steiner, who came from Germany to the new world in early childhood. They were married in …Continue reading →


MyHeritage Acquires Major European Network of Sites, Adds Other New Features has announced its acquisition of OSN, a network of 10 leading European family sites based in Hamburg, Germany. In a press release distributed from London, Tel Aviv, and Hamburg, MyHeritage said that the OSN acquisition makes MyHeritage the largest international site on the Web dedicated to families.  The acquisition includes Germany’s, of Poland, and the American site …Continue reading →


A Vivid Childhood Memory: My Mother is Mugged for a Picture of Elvis

Randy Seaver’s “Saturday Night Genealogical Fun” calls for a vivid childhood memory. Two weeks before my birthday in 1958, we sailed out of New York harbor aboard the venerable USS General George M. Randall, headed for Bremerhaven, West Germany. Every bit of the trip was a new adventure. Leaving New York, an escort of fire boats sprayed a misty salute …Continue reading →


Nana’s 100th Anniversary

JESSIE BEATRICE BOWIE 1909-1973 Jessie Beatrice Bowie was my paternal grandmother.  She was born in San Antonio, Texas, on January 11, 1909.  She was the daughter of Elias Bowie, Sr.(1874-1970) and Hattie Bryant (1888-1944). Hattie had been  born on the Texas Gulf Coast.  After a brief marriage at age 15 and another relationship, she headed for San Antonio with her …Continue reading →


The Family Cars, 1955-1969: Part I–The Ford

In 1955, my father bought his first car: a 1953 Ford sedan. And, of course, there’s a story to that. I’ve mentioned before that in the mid-1950’s, we lived at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where my dad had his first assignment in the Army. He decided that he needed a car. A friend suggested that he should go to St …Continue reading →


Christmas 1958

Craig, Baby Sister, and brother with Sankt Nikolaus inFrankfurt am Main


My Trilingual Christmases

Geneablogger footnoteMaven has started a Christmas caroling meme. I’ve mentioned before that part of my childhood was spent in Germany. I went to a German school for part of that time and we had a German nanny. I was immersed in the culture and language at an early age. And Christmas in Germany became one of my favorite times and …Continue reading →


Sankt Nikolaus Tag

When I lived in Germany as a child, we celebrated every year Sankt Nikolaus Tag. On the night of December 5, we would place our shoes outside the door. If we had been good that year, Sankt Nikolaus would leave chocolates, fruit, and other goodies in our shoes. If we had been bad, then we would find wood switches in …Continue reading →


Globalizing the GeneaBlogosphere, Part 2

Christina’s blog, Shaking the Tree, documents her experience with her German heritage. She keeps track of new offerings on, among other things. Reading her blog could help those with German ancestry in their research. I’ve not got any German ancestors that I know of, but I have occasionally done a bit of German research for others. I do have …Continue reading →

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