Barbara Jean Ferverda (1922-2006) and Her “Suitcase of Life” – 52 Ancestors #193

It’s Mother’s Day, of course. Mother’s Day falls within a week or so of the anniversary of mother’s passing. The year she passed away, I spent Mother’s Day cleaning out her apartment and moving the furniture I was keeping, along … Continue reading

The Ferverda Bible – 52 Ancestors #186

Hiram B. (probably Bauke, “Baker” in English) Ferverda (1854-1925) married Evaline Louise Miller (1857-1939) on March 10, 1876 in Goshen. Indiana. At least, that’s where their marriage license was filed. Beyond that, and knowing that they were both Brethren, until … Continue reading

John David Miller (1812-1902), Never In His Wildest Dreams, 52 Ancestors #125

John David Miller was born April 6, 1812 in Montgomery County, Ohio to David Miller and Catharina Schaeffer. Catharina, his mother, was a widow with two children when she married David Miller on December 13, 1805. Between their marriage and … Continue reading

Edith Barbara Lore Ferverda (1888-1960) and the Road to Hell – 52 Ancestors #10

Edith was my grandmother, my mother’s mother. I knew her as a buxom, heavy-set woman who always wore dresses, usually dark, that buttoned up the front, an apron, and black lace-up shoes.  With her grey hair, she was the consummate … Continue reading

Using Mitochondrial Haplogroups at 23andMe to Pick the Lock

I’ve been writing recently about using haplogroups for genealogy, and specifically, your mitochondrial DNA haplogroup. You can check out recent articles here and here. While FamilyTreeDNA tests the entire mitochondria and provides you with the most detailed and granular haplogroup, … Continue reading