Your Photos Hold a Story

Did you ever look at a photo and think: I know there is a story behind this! I just wish I could know what it is!? This happens to me more times than I can count. Sometimes a family member is dressed up silly which is the case in a photo of my grandfather wearing nothing but a native Hawaiian hula skirt and a huge grin. Where did he get this skirt? What drove him to put it on? Was it even his?? Unfortunately I didn't come across this picture until after he was gone to ask him these questions. And sometimes it is just a group shot. All filled with smiles and I can only identify a couple of people in the photo. Oh, how I wish I could know who the other folks are and why they were important in the lives of my relatives. This past summer I attended St. Augustine's KirchenFest in … Read More >

Get talking! 22 Interview Questions to Discover YOUR Family Story

The dreaded interview. We all have had to endure at least one that didn't go quite the way you wanted. Or, in my case, you thought it went really bad and you still ended up with the job! It all goes to say what you may think is one thing isn't always the case! But I am not talking about those kind of interviews. Let's talk about the interviews where we take some time and just sit and chat with our oldest family members. What if you are the oldest family member? Well, then interview yourself! Get a nice journal and jot down your answers to these questions. Perhaps use them as a jumping off point for a story or two that you would like future generations to know. If you are blessed to have an older family member in your vicinity then I can't encourage you enough to ask them questions … Read More >

Changes at Tillie’s Tales

There are changes afoot on Tillie's Tales! We are now deep in 1937 for my grandmother's (Bertille "Tillie" Brand Klein) entries of her "Tales." She ends her entries on December 30, 1939 so that means we have a little over two years left to go. With that being said I (Angie Kelly - Tillie's granddaughter and the person who posts her entries) have decided to expand what I post on this website. … Read More >

Tillie’s News Diaries from the 1930s

Wednesday, March 24, 1937

Rob. is 11 yrs. old today. Rained heavy last nite, cloudy this morn. Cleaned brooder house, etc. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, had been in N. Athens after the quilt, but it was sold to $6.00. They came up this eve. again, we went with them out to Henrys, Rob’s birthday, had cake, Geodells & Leo & Rose were all there; getting cold again. Eggs 21¢.

Tuesday, March 23, 1937

Went to Belleville took 2 hogs in weighed 420 lbs. @ $10.25. We cleaned chicken house, got oats over, etc., cleaned – polished car. Hildegard came & invited me to come to quilting; Burckhardt & man was here looking at the horses. Bert went to Joe Wacthel’s quilting a star quilt. Clara Wagner was there also for a little while; but that was all. Awful windy today.

Monday, March 22, 1937

Beautiful day, washed, ironed patched etc. Joe Klauss got hit by Dr. Qurin at the creamery this eve; called ambulance, he must be pretty bad; was knocked out, & bruised.

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