It has been WAAAAY too long since my last post! Life gets busy, and mine is about to get a lot busier come next June. My wife and I have a baby on the way! Between work, doctor appointments, fixing up our house, and all of my volunteer time at the Winnebago County Historical Society it… Continue reading Family Book Update
A few months ago I blogged about my plan to write a family history book. I've jumped in and started this fun project! I decided to go with Shutterfly to make this book, only because Molly and I have used that site before for photo albums. I've done some research on what others have done… Continue reading Writing My Family History
You never know what fun facts you will learn about your family history. It turns out that I have a few family members who fought for the Unites States in World War I. There is also a good chance I had family on the other side. If you couldn't tell by some of my recent… Continue reading My Family in the Great War
There is nothing quite like digging up the past! Whether it's visiting your local library or visiting a research center to sift through primary documents. I find myself getting a taste of a topic and then wanting to know as much about it as I can. Believe me, its hard not to get lost in hours and hours… Continue reading Family History Book(s)
Every now and then I acquire some history that has been lost. This particular piece was found in the floorboards of a home. I recovered it and could not bring myself to throw it away. It was tucked into a small envelope, which is how I used to get report cards. I would like to… Continue reading Lost & Found History
As a follow-up to my previous post, I found this picture of my Grandpa, Kenneth Frederick, milking cows. This picture was taken for a story published in a dairy booklet in Dodge County, Wisconsin.
Dairy farming has been a long tradition in my family ever since the Fredericks came to America in the 1870s (my brother and I are the first on our branch to break tradition). It is extraordinary to think how much farm mechanization has changed in 140 plus years my family has been in this country. Our… Continue reading History in the Barn