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I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 24 times over and a great-grandmother of 16 with three more due in 2016. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I am a Board Certified genealogist and more information on all this, as well as direct contact info, is on my Circlemending website.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 20 April 2010 - Knoetgen/Trapschuh

Maria Theresa Knoetgen Trapschuh, wife of Ignatz Trapschuh, b: 23 February 1816, Bohemia; d: 18 April 1899 (101 years ago this week), Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; buried 20 April 1899 (101 years ago today), Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Baron Johann Knoetgen of Teplitz, Bohemia.

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