Monthly Archives: September 2017

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society conference

Published September 18, 2017

Coming up on Oct 14, your “Roots & Branches” columnist will share the speaking stage with Sharon Cook MacInnes of Ancestor Tracks at the fall conference of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society at Wyndham Garden Hotel in York. MacInnes will present “Keystone Records in the Keystone State” and “Migration Patterns of Germans in America.” She’s a …

Clean up that cemetery!

Published September 14, 2017

A number of years ago, I received an e-mail from Ted Kinnari about a cleaning solution that did a great job of taking crud off tombstones without harming them. He was nice enough to send me some samples, with I used on an ancestor’s blackened memorial. After letting the D/2 do its job – it …

Column No. 1,000: Looking back … and ahead!

Published September 11, 2017

This is the 1,000th weekly “Roots & Branches” column. If you do the math, you’ll figure out that this also means the column is entering its 20th year of publication in various newspapers. That 20-year mark brought to mind a 2013 article from the online magazine The Verge that was evocatively titled “Who am I? …

Foodways and family history

Published September 5, 2017

I’ve heard folkways involving what you eat called “foodways.” And as someone who definitely lives b my stomach, the foodways of my youth take on some extra importance. Of course, whne I talk about “the food of my youth,” the first thing that should be said is that I was widely said to be “sneaky,” …