Portraits From The Past
A Genealogy Journal
by Phyllis Zeck
1M ago
In 2015 I wrote about a long-hidden secret. My father Robert had changed his last name from Winkofske to Winike. For many years I was frustrated that I couldn’t find any information about my father’s birth father.  Dad passed away in 1970 while I was still a teenager and I never thought to ask questions about his ..read more
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Storyworth
A Genealogy Journal
by Phyllis Zeck
2M ago
In 2022 I received a birthday present from my daughters from Storyworth. I was sent a question a week which prompted me to write a story from memories and experiences that I’ve had in my life. I was able to change the frequency that I received my questions during the summer when I didn’t have as much ..read more
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Masks Masks Masks
A Genealogy Journal
by Phyllis Zeck
1y ago
Week 17. Our three largest counties Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah are in phase 1 of reopening. We may have to stay in phase 1 until we have a vaccine. As of July we have a new statewide mandate requiring everyone ages 5 and up to wear a face covering in outdoor public spaces when we can’t physical ..read more
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Everything Has Changed
A Genealogy Journal
by Phyllis Zeck
1y ago
Our world has turned upside down due to the Covid-19 Virus. I never thought I’d live through a pandemic.  I am social distancing but I miss my family and friends. I just want to hold my grandbabies. My heart goes out to Italy where so many have lost their lives. We watched the virus wreak havoc in ..read more
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Researching Pescasseroli Family Names
A Genealogy Journal
by Phyllis Zeck
1y ago
It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that 2021 zipped by without me having much time for genealogy research. This summer I mailed my old VHS tapes, CD disks and Camcorder tapes of family adventures to have them made into digital files. This project has been on my to do list for many years. The ..read more
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Blums & Beckers of New Bilten, Wisconsin
A Genealogy Journal
by Phyllis Zeck
1y ago
My paternal grandmother Grace Norder descends from the Blum and Becker families of Bilten, Glarus Switzerland. Click here to view my great grandfather’s Pedigree Chart for Edward C Norder. This chart shows the connection between the Blum and Becker family which began with my 6th great grandparents Rudolf Blum and Elisabeth Becker. The Blum’s and Becker’s were part ..read more
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Norders Move to Monroe, Wisconsin
A Genealogy Journal
by Phyllis Zeck
1y ago
In the 1860 census my 3rd great grandparents Leonhard and Magdalene moved their large family from New Glarus to the town of Sylvester which is 16 miles south. Leonhard was a farmer. In the 1870 census Leonard and Magdalena were living with their younger children Mathias, Leonard, Gustave and Emma. Sons Fridolin, Leonard and Gustave remained in ..read more
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’Twas The Week Before Christmas
A Genealogy Journal
by Phyllis Zeck
1y ago
When all through the towns Snow fall was happening by leaps and by bounds. Our family was nested all snug in our beds, The weatherman predicted a light snow fall ahead, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. When what to my wondering ..read more
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Norders of New Glarus, Wisconsin
A Genealogy Journal
by Phyllis Zeck
1y ago
I haven’t done much research into the family of my paternal grandmother Grace Norder.  Grace’s ancestors had very deep roots in Engi, Canton Glarus, Switzerland.  Other ancestors such as Blum, Luchsinger & Stauffacher immigrated from the villages of Matt, Glarus and Bilten in Switzerland. They settled in or near the town of New Glarus (Dutch Hallow) in ..read more
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2020, Why Are You Testing Us?
A Genealogy Journal
by Phyllis Zeck
1y ago
 As if 2020 has not been traumatic enough, fire danger was thrown in to test our resilience. In September wildfires erupted and 40 mile an hour winds spread the Riverside fire dangerously close to our Clackamas County communities. This was historically the worst fire season Oregon has had on record. Towns to our south were being evacuated ..read more
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