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You know how it is…an aunt tells you a story about one of your ancestors, you come across some old family photos, or maybe you’ve taken the plunge onto Ancestry.com. And once it starts…once you start digging into your family history…it becomes never-ending. There’s always something more to learn. And before you know it, you have more information than you know what to do with.

That’s what happened with me…so I started writing this blog. I thought it would be an easy place to share my discoveries with my family. But what I’ve found is it all goes much deeper than that…it has moved beyond new information about my ancestors and turned into a journey of self-discovery. It’s amazing what happens when you place the activities of your family into context with historic world events. It’s truly illuminating.

 

Archie & Julia Kaasch on vacation w/Evelyn Marie c1918

Archie & Julia Kaasch on vacation w/Evelyn Marie c1918

My Great-grandfather Henry Otte with his second wife and two grandchildren early 1950's (my dad is on the left)

My Great-grandfather Henry Otte with his second wife and two grandchildren early 1950′s (my dad is on the left)

 

There is no escape from the family…We were all independent…we were somehow spinning out there in the world without any connection whatsoever…Which is ridiculous…you could be the most outcast orphan and yet you are still inevitably connected to this chain. I’m interested in the family’s biological connections and how those patterns of behavior are passed on. In a way it’s endless, there’s no real bottom to it.” –from The Cambridge Companion on Sam Shepard