Friday, June 28, 2013

Follow Friday - blog by Kasandra Rose

I met Kasandra Rose through 23andMe
after we had both done autosomal DNA testing there.

is Kasandra's blog which is "loaded" - yes, loaded
with tons of information about DNA testing.

I could go on and on about her blog,
but instead I will let you just "mosey" (in Texas, we
mosey) on over to DNA Genealogy
and check it out yourself!

Happy Hunting and 
Most of All "Happy Friday"!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Maternal Monday - Frederka Sophie Louisa Trenkman Ziegenfuss

Frederika/Friedricka Sophie Louisa Trenkman

Birth: 04 Oct 1846-Germany
Died: 05 Mar 1920-Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas
Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Wichita County, Texas
Funeral Officiant: Pastor William Utesch, Trinity Lutheran
Church, Wichita Falls, Texas
Source: Trinity Lutheran Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, Old Book,
No page, recorded birth and death date of Friederike Ziegenfuss as noted above)
She came to America from Prussia in 1885 on the
Ship Moravia from the port at Hamburg to New York, United States.
Source: New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1891, NARA M237, roll 489,list 1027, line 16, number 271,
When Fredreka came to America with husband,
Gottlieb Ziegenfuss, they had children:
Louisa, age 15
Otto, age 13
Benno, age 9
Hugo, age 8
Mathilda, age 7
Ernst, age 5
Helene, age 3.
Gottlieb Ziegenfuss died in 1890; buried
Watson Cemetery, Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas
Fredreka then moved her family to Eastland County, Texas
and on 14 August 1895 married Freidrick Graefe.  Freidrick’s
wife, Amelia Grafe, had died on 21 August, 1894.
According to our family stories, old Mr. Graefe did not allow any
Oo Fredreka’s children to live in their household, except
for young daughter, Rosa Ziegenfuss, who was a child. 
Whether Fredreka divorced old Mr. Graefe, or just left him,
we don’t know.
But by the time of her death in 1920,
she was living with her son,
Otto Ziegenfuss’ family, in Wichita Falls,
Texas, and she was using her married
name of Ziegenfuss and not the Graefe name.
Fredreka in her old age
I hope that one day we will
locate Fredreka's family
back in Germany!  I am sure
she has kinfolk living there even today!
Happy Ancestor Hunting!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thrifty Thursday - A Y-DNA Sale at Family Tree DNA!

What could be better for Father's Day
than a Y-DNA test ON SALE at Family Tree DNA?
Nothing, if you ask me and others like me who are "into"
using DNA testing to help us in our ancestor search.
Nothing, of course, replaces proven paper trails,
but oh, my, oh, my.....DNA testing can open up venues which you
NEVER could have imagined!
Here's the scoop from FTDNA:
Dear FTDNA Customer:
Since last summer's upgrade sale was such huge success, we thought we'd repeat history!  We are offering discounts to our Y-DNA upgrade products just in time for father's day.  So, please spread the word and we'll make this year's upgrade sale even bigger!
From June 12, 2013 through June 19, 2013, we will reduce the following prices.
Y-DNA 12 to 25 was $49 Now $35
Y-DNA 12 to 37 was $99 Now $69 
Y-DNA 12 to 67 was $189 Now $148
Y-DNA 25 to 37 was $49 Now $35
Y-DNA 25 to 67 was $148 Now $114
Y-DNA 25 to 111 was $249 Now $224
Y-DNA 37 to 67 was $99 Now $79
Y-DNA 37 to 111 was $220 Now $188
Y-DNA 67 to 111 was $129 Now $109
To order an upgrade at these special prices you may log into your personal page with your kit number and password.  Click on the "Order Upgrade" button located on the right side of the menu bar.  Then click on the "Special Offers" button.
Happy Hunting,

Monday, June 10, 2013

Matrilineal Monday - Jennie HAM

Name:   Jennie Ham (middle of picture)
Born:   25 Jul 1872 -  Alabama
Married:   22 Sept 1890 - DeKalb, Bowie, County, Texas
Spouse:   William Perry Teel
Children:   Robert L. Teel
                   Mamie Teel  (oldest girl in picture)
                   Charlie William Teel
                   John Wesley Teel
                   Walter Teel
                    Elsie May Teel
                    Jessie "Jack" Teel
                    Fannie Mae Teel
                    Tullis Teel
                    Bertha Teel (b. 8 Apr 1909-Roby, Fisher          
                      County, Texas)
Died:   19 Apr 1909 - Roby, Fisher County, Texas
Parents:   Jordan Ham (father)
                 Frances A. "Fannie" Parker (mother)

Jennie HAM TEEL was my Great-Great-Grandmother.  We would have probably called her "Mama Teel" or "Grandma Teel" had I known her!

In 1880, Jennie Ham lived with her parents, Jordan and Fannie Ham, in Centreville, Bibb, Alabama.  She was 7 years old.  In the household of "Jourdon Ham" and "Fracey Ham" were the other children, Mary, William, Johnie, and Marren [Marvin].  Jennie is listed as "Jane".   [Year: 1880; Census Place: Centreville, Bibb, Alabama; Roll: 1; Family History Film: 1254001; Page: 315B; Enumeration District: 003; Image: 0639.]

1890 finds Jennie in Dekalb, Bowie County, Texas, and marrying William Perry Teel on the 22nd of September.

By 1900, she and William Perry Teel had gone to Indian Territory, OK.  They lived in Township 4, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.  Children included Mamie, Chas (Charles), John and Elsey (Elsie).  [Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 4, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1847; Enumeration District: 0125; FHL microfilm: 1241847.]

Sometime after the 1900 census, William and Jennie Teell left Oklahoma and brought their family to Fisher County, Texas.  On April 8, 1909, 36 year old Jennie Ham Teel gave birth to Bertha; and days later, on April 19, 1909 Jennie died.  Jennie is buried in the Roby Cemetery located right outside of north Roby in Fisher County, Texas.  


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Glitzy and Old - Treasures Repurposed: Backwuds Barbee and photographer Kristi Gerdes

Today is not a "typical" genealogy post.  But it does have to do with old stuff, and I don't know one genealogist that doesn't relish "old stuff"!  I wanted to show you some beautiful, glitzy items that at one time were the pride and joy of someone's mother, grandmother or maybe even great-grandmother! 

I applaud those people who take the time to find old jewelry and then re-create it into a one-of-a kind piece.  
And I know several ladies that have this talent for re-creating.

  I want to introduce you to
Krista Shepard, who is the creative mind behind

Looking over her creations, I often wonder 
what stories these pieces of jewelry could 
tell if "they" could speak?  Don't you?

Beautiful stories, sad stories, love stories?  
I could go on and on, but won't.

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words!
 Backwuds Barbee..where pieces of time collide!

The pictures happen to be taken by my very
talented daughter, Kristi Gerdes, 
of Kristi Gerdes Photography.  An English teacher by
profession, this Mama is proud of her picture-taking skills, too!
You can find Kristi at Facebook or contact her at:

Oh, and as of June 2013, check out Backwuds Barbee's
ad (with picture by Kristi Gerdes photography) in 
the Country Issue of People Magazine...

Hope you enjoy! 

Happy Dreaming!