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Gustav Eduart Zuch (1846-1914)

Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Zuch Family Back: Frederich, Elizabeth, Otto, Edward, Christoph, Annie, SuzanneFront: Barbara, Emma, Christian, Gustav Towards the bottom of one of the boxes I received when my grandma passed away I found some rolled-up papers in rough shape. I unrolled the papers and found photocopies of "History of Sauk County." No author,… Continue reading Gustav Eduart Zuch (1846-1914)

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Updating the Brecka Book, Part 1: The Childhood Home of Anton and Wenzl

Approximately 40 years ago, an amazing 2nd cousin of mine and her mother started piecing together a book. This book holds a ton of information on the Brecka family. They gathered pictures and recipes. They had conversations with the first generation of Breckas born in the United States. They visited libraries gathering census data, newspaper… Continue reading Updating the Brecka Book, Part 1: The Childhood Home of Anton and Wenzl

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Why do I have this old photo album?

When my grandparents passed, I was given a garbage bag, two shopping bags, and 3 shoe boxes full of pictures and other mementos they gathered throughout their long lives. Towards the bottom of one of the shopping bags I found this gem (pictured above and to the left). I have no idea who put duct… Continue reading Why do I have this old photo album?

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Edward William Waters (1835-1902)

I first wrote about Edward Waters back in 2015 after I initially started researching my family tree. This guy was a "brick wall" of sorts for years. He was my great-great grandfather. However, after searching for years, I found very little information on his life prior to 1886 (when he was married at 50 years… Continue reading Edward William Waters (1835-1902)