Category Archives: German Ancestors

Collecting Loos Puzzle Pieces

A section of the Alzey-Worms Map that includes Erbes-Budesheim.
A section of the Alzey-Worms Map that includes Erbes-Budesheim.

I have began a new Genealogy Research Project that  may be a bit too grand for my expertise. My ultimate goal is to determine the Loos Genealogy for the villages in the Alzey-Worms district  at or around my Loos ancestral village, Erbes-Budesheim in the 1700 to 1800s.  I would be happy though if all I discover is the familial connections between the Loos’ in Erbes Budesheim. Continue reading Collecting Loos Puzzle Pieces

Visit to Erbes-Budesheim

This is the Crest for Erbes-Budesheim. Legend is that a pea like plant called Erbes-Budesheim used to grow there in ancient times.
This is the Crest for Erbes-Budesheim. Legend is that a pea like plant called Erbes-Budesheim used to grow there in ancient times.

After sending one daughter off to college, and the other two back to school, I can now  return to writing and family research.  I am excited to  share what I discovered about my Loos ancestors while I was in Germany last June. Continue reading Visit to Erbes-Budesheim

Ancestral Journey

Edinburgh Castle. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia
Edinburgh Castle. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

My most memorable birthday was my 19th birthday which occurred during my first, and so far, only trip overseas.  I was visiting my dear friend who was attending college in Cambridge, England. We met in London and had many adventures of trains and hostels as we backpacked north to Scotland. We arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland by my birthday and decided to tour the Castle as a special treat.  This castle tour had way more of an impact on me than I had ever imagined, as it was on this tour that my interest in genealogy was sparked. Continue reading Ancestral Journey

Fun Facts…

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Resurrecting Roots, a genealogy blog written by Treena and Heidi, has been going strong for the past four months, thanks to you, our loyal readers. We started this journey with a passion for sharing our genealogical research, and we have enjoyed it! Continue reading Fun Facts…

A Deserter of the Kaiser’s Army?

Alfons Tomcek and Josephine Brunner Wedding Photo 1909 Milwuakee, Wi.
Alfons Tomcek and Josephine Brunner Wedding Photo 1909 Milwuakee, Wi.

My paternal great grandfather, Alfons Slopan Tomcek (1882-1955) may have come to America to escape persecution for being a deserter of the Kaiser’s Army.  At least this is what a distant cousin had told my father when they had a chance encounter in Wisconsin a couple of years ago.  This cousin said that a number of Alfons relatives had made the journey to America around the same time as him, but had changed their names so that the Army did not locate Alfons via them.  Although Alfons lived in fear that the Kaiser’s Army would track him down and make him return to Germany, he did not keep a low profile and was involved with some illegal activity in America.  My parents could not remember what scandals occurred in America, but my Mom thinks he may have illegally sold moonshine. Continue reading A Deserter of the Kaiser’s Army?

How did my Loos Line Come to Wisconsin?

Back row: Frank X, Helena, Conrad, Matthias, Josephina, Dorothea. Seated: Matthias, Albert, Herman, Maria Theresea (Moerchen) Front: Regina, Ida. Photo from Rose Mohnsom via Ancestry.com
Back row: Frank X, Helena, Conrad, Matthias, Josephina, Dorothea. Seated: Matthias, Albert, Herman, Maria Theresea (Moerchen) Front: Regina, Ida. Photo from Rose Mohnsom via Ancestry.com

The ancestor that brought my Loos family to Wisconsin is the same ancestor that brought my Loos family to America, Matthias Loos.  He is the grandfather of Frank X Loos, and is my 3rd great grandfather. According to the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census’, Matthias was born in Hessen Darmstadt, Germany around 1821. I have not found a birth record for Matthias, but his marriage to Anna Marie Mueller was documented at the Catholic Church in Erbes Budesheim November 29, 1845.  Erbes Budesheim is in Hessen Darmstadt and is likely also the village that he was born in.  The parents of both the bride and groom was included in the marriage record. Anna Marie’s parents are Christian Mueller and Elizabeth Neumeyer from Bavaria, and Matthias’ parents are Frederici Loos and Anna Maria Schumacher from Erbes Budesheim. Continue reading How did my Loos Line Come to Wisconsin?

Connecting with Cousins

Frank X Loos and Elizabeth Strauss and Family.
Frank X Loos, Elizabeth Strauss, and their children. Wisconsin around 1930.

In A Valuable Letter, I mentioned that my family has a strong presence in Wisconsin. Publishing that post on my personal Facebook page resulted in a great discussion among family members. Some of those that chimed in were cousins that I have never communicated with.  Once I realized the common ancestors that we descended from (Frank X Loos and Elizabeth Strauss), I posted the above picture that got even a greater response.  Together, we were able to identify everyone in this photo. The back row from left to right is Mary, Frieda, Lorena, Frank Henry, Leo, Matthias . The front row (left to right) is Edna, Irene, Anita in Frank Xavier’s lap, Elizabeth, Henry, and Evan. Continue reading Connecting with Cousins

A Valuable Letter

Long ago I received a letter in the mail from a relative that I had never met, and only knew of as a name in my family tree, Edna Josephine Loos Galuska (1922-2010).  She was the sister of my paternal grandfather, Frank Henry Loos (1910-1970). Most of my father’s family lives in or near Wausau, Wisconsin with my father being one of the first to emigrate outside of Wisconsin.  Aunt Edna shared the same love of genealogy as I do, and when she heard through the family grapevine that there was a young genealogist in the family living outside of the Wisconsin research hub, she sent me a very valuable letter. Continue reading A Valuable Letter

Unraveling the Secret

 

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Thinking that I knew all there was to know about my recent generation ancestors, I have been focusing my research on the distant past. Today I unraveled a family secret. My maternal great-great grandfather, William Frederick Holdsworth, was adopted. Continue reading Unraveling the Secret

Pennsylvania Dutch

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In “Can You Feel Your Roots?” I spoke of my love of all things Celtic. I grew up fascinated with the Celtic culture, although at the time, I didn’t know why. Growing up, my family culture was predominantly German. I was always a bit uninterested in these ancestors, so I have spent very little time researching them. Recently, however, I have begun to dig into these German roots as well, and have also come to appreciate this side of my DNA. Continue reading Pennsylvania Dutch