Welcome to Talking Box Genealogy. This blog is written with the intent of documenting my genealogical journey and occasionally providing bits of interesting history and useful genealogical information. I hope that it will prove helpful or entertaining to those who cross paths with it.
Time flies when you’re having fun! I realized this weekend how long it’s been since I posted on my blog. But just because this blog has lacked activity, doesn’t mean yours truly hasn’t been busy. On the contrary, I’ve been hopping on my genealogy since attending NGS in May. Here are a few things I’ve been working on:
Contacting cousins from Ancestry and GedMatch – I’ve made some new cousin contacts! Now that’s some exciting stuff right there 🙂
Trying to match the name transition from Mackay to McKee – I’ve not been successful in this yet but I’m hoping a journey to the ancestors homeland will shed some light on the subject.
Planning a research trip – This is actually going to happen soon. And I couldn’t be more excited!
Education – This is so important. Since I’m currently in a transition period from hobby genealogist to genealogist-pursuing-certification I’ve been working hard on this part of my research. And I absolutely consider this to be part of research because I’m learning better ways to research as well as learning appropriate sourcing and citation. I’ve completed the beginning GenProof course and am working on the advanced GenProof course. This past week I was informed that I had been accepted into one of the upcoming ProGen courses. I almost jumped up and down at work because I was so excited about my acceptance.
Digitizing family paperwork – I am still scanning family documents as I have time. It’s a very slow process.
I made a trip to the Midwest Genealogical Center last week hoping to find some information on the Mackay to McKee name transition. While I located some information on the family which was very exciting it was not what I was hoping to find. I won’t complain too much though since I was able to find this bonus material. I’ve also been waiting on Alien file paperwork and Naturalization file paperwork for D1’s grandmother from the USCIS. I realize I’m an impatient person but it seems like it’s taking foreverto receive the paperwork. Patience is a virtue, but one I don’t readily possess.
In July I had the chance to attend the reunion of some family members we hadn’t seen in almost 20 years. I can’t tell you dear readers what a joy that was. I sincerely hope we’re able to remain in contact with the extended family that attended. D1 was such a trooper, driving the parental unit and me around to several different cemeteries in North Dakota.
Cemeteries visited in North Dakota
At one of the cemeteries we visited we arrived while the caretaker was doing lawn upkeep. We weren’t sure whether we had relation in the cemetery but there were Kruegers in the cemetery and we were in the area so we decided to stop. We checked in with the caretaker to make sure we weren’t going to interrupt his work and discovered that no only had he lived in the area for his entire life (born and raised) but he was related to the Kruegers in the cemetery. Very closely related. In the neighborhood of brothers, parents, grandparents, etc. We talked for a good deal of time and heard the refrain of “not related” but we recorded our visit anyway on the off chance of just in case of relation.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
As part of the reunion festivities we visited the church which that side of the family had attended for years and where many family members were baptized. It was beautiful inside. Gorgeous stained glass windows and beautiful architecture. Despite the bugs and heat it was a good trip. Honestly, I’ve yet to have a bad trip to North Dakota. I’ve always received a very warm welcome from family and new friends when visiting and you can’t ask for more than that.
Welcome to another edition of Tombstone Tuesday! Today we’re spotlighting my great grand uncle (by marriage), Franz Carl Gottlieb Nohr.
Tombstone of Franz “Frank” Carl Gottlieb Nohr
Anselm Lutheran Cemetery in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota
Franz was the child of Herman Edward Gottlieb Nohr and Henrietta Natzke. According to his obituary in The Fargo Forum on 28 February 1963, he had at least six brothers and four sisters, who preceded him in death.
Franz was born 11 March 1870 in Morrison, Brown, Wisconsin. He married Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Altman) Nohr on 1 February 1899 in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota. Together they had three children (one boy and two girls).
Franz passed away 28 February 1963 in Lisbon, Ransom, North Dakota. He’s buried in Anselm Lutheran Cemetery in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota. The cemetery borders what used to be family farmland.
Minnie was born 30 June 1872 in Waumandee, Buffalo, Wisconsin. She married Franz Carl Gottlieb Nohr 1 February 1899 in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota. Together they had three children (one boy and two girls).
Minnie passed away 17 May 1970 in Shenford, North Dakota. She’s buried in Anselm Lutheran Cemetery in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota. The cemetery borders what used to be family farmland.
Robert was born 16 April 1867 in Waumandee, Buffalo, Wisconsin. He married Albertina Amelie (Lange) Altman 28 June 1893 in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota. Together they had seventeen children (five boys and twelve girls). Among their seventeen children were three sets of twins. Albertina passed away 28 June 1931 and on 24 May 1936, Robert remarried to Anna Olivia Crabtree in Sandpoint, Bonner, Idaho.
Robert died 9 March 1945 in Sandpoint, Bonner, Idaho. He’s buried in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Sandpoint, Bonner, Idaho.
Welcome to another edition of Tombstone Tuesday. Today we’re spotlighting the husband of my first great-grand-aunt Augusta Christine (Altman) Froemke, Carl August Froemke, Jr.
Tombstone of Carl August Froemke, Jr.
Anselm Lutheran Cemetery in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota
Carl August Froemke, Jr. was the child of Carl August Froemke and Henrietta Elisa (Schwarz) Froemke. It’s unknown how many brothers and sisters he had.
Carl was born 5 February 1866 in Orel, East Prussia, Russia. Nothing is known of his parents at this time. He immigrated to the United States in October 1880. He married Christine Augusta Altman 4 July 1888 in Lisbon, Ransom, North Dakota. Together they had thirteen children (seven boys and six girls).
Carl August Froemke, Jr. and Christine
Augusta (Altman) Froemke
Carl August Froemke, Jr.
Carl Jr. died 23 February 1942 in Lisbon, Ransom, North Dakota. He is buried in Anselm Lutheran Cemetery in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota. The cemetery borders what used to be family farmland.