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I Do Not Know if Anyone Remembers Katherine Reimer

I do not  know if anyone remembers Katherine Reimer. I have only known about her for a month, but her story has stayed in my heart. Her mystery started years ago and I need to write about a small part of her life.
I had suspicions about Katherine, yet I did not have a clue about her the first time I saw the passenger arrival list of the Astoria, which departed in 1900 from Glasgow on May 28 and arrived at Ellis Island on June 9 of that year.
I discovered the Astoria passenger list in 2004 when I searched for the Reimers entry to the United States at Ellis Island.  Despite the text annotating my maternal great grandfather’s name as Phelep instead of Phillip, I found my great grandmother Anna and my grandmother Sophie listed beneath his name.  Sophie’s two sisters, Marie/Mary and Elizabeth, are also shown.  Philip’s occupation was recorded as a farmer.  Their ages matched my other records, their nationality was German and their last residence was Libau, Russia, one of the major ports of …

How to Vacation as a Family Historian

Some people use their vacation time to go to the beach or the big city. As a family historian with a passion for genealogy, those two options do not typically enter my radar.

I am in the middle of the ideal German from Russia family historian vacation.  I flew from Phoenix, to Calgary, Alberta, onto Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where friends drove me to Leader for the "German Russian Cultural Festival." This gathering featured the promised "Renowned German Russian Speakers," and "Guided Bus tour of the local geographic sites."  The festival did not disappoint.

I was honored to be included with Merv Weiss, Norm Fischbuch, Morris Knorr, Elvire Necker-Eberhardt, David Kilwien, and Carolyn Schott as we shared our German Russian research and engaged with an engaged audience.  
I believer everyone walked away inspired to continue their research, enhance the new connections they found,and share their experience with others, especially the next generation.
We can only…