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Born in Illinois, I grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. I am married, for the 2nd time now, to Butch & got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me grandmother 25 times over & great-grandmother to over 20!. After many years working in industry, I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication, & was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 & returned to school & got my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore & genealogy - & add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/author/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play many folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I write the "Aunty Jeff" column for the Informer, newsletter of the Jefferson County NY Gen. Soc. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega & Sara Cochran as Genealogy Journeys® where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that: genaandjean.blogspot.com. More on our podcasts: genjourneys.podbean.com. More about my own projects: Circlemending.org.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday - 31 December 2009; letter from Carl Glaser, Bohemia

Happy New Year!

In November, 1899, my 1st cousin, 3x removed, wrote to his cousin, probably Anna Wilhelmina TRAPSCHUH, daughter of my g-g-grandmother Maria Theresa KNOETGEN TRAPSCHUH, to catch her up on the family (who was still alive, who was married to whom, etc.). His last words of the letter, as I'm sure he knew that he would not write again before the turn of the year, was "prosit newyear" (toast the New Year). It was 1899, with 1900 about to arrive . . . 110 years ago. How cool it is that I still have that letter from cousin Charles GLASER of Teplitz, Bohemia to his cousin; even after the death of his aunt he stayed in touch with family and let people know how things were in the old country. (Note: he wrote many letters and most were in German; this is the only one that he wrote in English.)

Charles (Carl) GLASER; b: abt. 1843, Bohemia (no death information is known; his children and other family members no longer kept contact with the American family after his death, sometime after his last letter in 1901)

his cousin and most likely recipient of the letter: Anna Wilhelmine TRAPSCHUH; b: 28 May 1840, Austria; d: 18 Dec 1912, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (never married)

her mother and Carl's aunt:
Maria Theresa KNOETGEN; b: 23 Feb 1816, Bohemia; d: 18 Apr 1899, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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