Author Archives: Katherine R. Willson

RootsTech & Innovator Summit Pass (won by Leslie Lawson!)

UPDATED:  Congratulations to Leslie Lawson who won my RootsTech & Innovator Summit Pass!  See you at RootsTech, Leslie!  🙂 What’s better than Black Friday discounts?  A FREE pass to RootsTech & Innovator Summit (valued at $299), the world’s largest 4-day … Continue reading

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My Grandparents’ First U.S. Presidential Election

After the presidential election last week, I became interested in what my grandparents’ experiences would have been when they were first old enough to vote for a U.S. presidential election. My paternal grandfather Walter Carl Herman Lange was born on 05 March … Continue reading

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Michigan Genealogical Council’s Annual Fall Family History Event

The board of the Michigan Genealogical Council in association with the Archives of Michigan is excited to announce an upcoming seminar featuring genetic genealogist Blaine Bettinger on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9am until 4pm at the Michigan Historical Center (702 W … Continue reading

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A Eulogy for my Uncle Vern

Today we buried my dad’s brother, my Uncle Vern.  The family requested that I give a eulogy, and it was an honor to do so. One of the difficulties I encountered in writing the eulogy, though, is that I don’t share … Continue reading

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Does Your Family Have Your DD214?

Yesterday I learned that my Uncle Vern Lange, my father’s only remaining sibling, passed away.  Uncle Vern lived in Taylor, Wayne County, Michigan for most of his life, where he served as a fire fighter for the local fire department, … Continue reading

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Beginning a Genealogy Blog

I created this website in the summer of 2013 as a place to store my quickly-growing “Genealogy on Facebook” list, and frequently considered using the site as a genealogy blog, but was never disciplined enough to create a writing schedule. … Continue reading

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