What fun it is to connect with cousins near and far through the web site. We have heard from Glick, Mast, and Roth cousins. Thanks, cousin Darrel, for helping us name the folks in the old Joe Mast pictures and to make those Pennsylvania to Montana connections. Thanks, cousin Ervie for an update on the North Dakota Glicks. When you start investigating the Freundschaft, connections are everywhere. Both cousins Ernie and Darrel know the same people in North Dakota but don't know each other.
A special thanks to cousin Cal for sending the collection of photos from Grandma's black box with the cardboard flowers on it. I was thrilled to see the one posted below that showed Grandpa (Bishop Isaac S. Mast) and Grandma (Fannie Yoder) smiling instead of their often stern expressions that they reserved for photographs. These are the precious faces we cousins remember.
Census records provide interesting information through the decades. We have posted our grandfather Isaac S. Mast's records. The records show where he lived, others in his household, and how he earned his living. Grandpa lived with his grandparents after his mother died and later he lived with his sister. The records show his North Dakota homes and neighbors.
Our January goal is to continue posting diaries, letters, charts, and census records of our ancestors.
Hope you are enjoying the information that we share.
We are descended from Amish immigrants that arrived in Philadelphia from Europe in the 1700s. Family names include Mast, Kurtz, Esch, Stotzfus, Glick, Lapp, King, Hertzler, Beiler, Byler, Yoder, Miller, and others.
My sister, Linda, and I have always been interested in family history. We were fortunate to know all of our grandparents and one great-grandparent. Our aunts and uncles have given us many documents including letters, diaries, ledgers, and cookbooks. We have collected family history books and articles. We have interviewed great aunts and uncles.
To the left is a photo of part of our collection. What fun it is to choose a box and look through the letters and other documents.
We learn something new everytime we look through things together. Earlier this month I was looking through Grandpa Elam's 1922 diary while Linda was looking through his 1922 ledger.
Matching up entries in the two documents was like solving mysteries.
Right now we are posting diaries on Elam and Rebecca Mast pages.
On this blog we will post updates to the website and questions that we have. We welcome your comments and questions.