Bumper cars ?!

“Yours truly” burned the midnight oil but did not get everything accomplished!! A very slow start this morning!! Yesterday’s experience was interesting (to me) and I documented the details. It’s likely only a fellow genealogist will appreciate “the ride.”

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Did you ever drive a “bumper car” at Disneyland, or a carnival?? I did… and it is so much fun. Right? Going all around the arena, bumping here, bumping there. Well, “doing” my family history on Ancestry.com is reminiscent of bumper cars!! I start with one surname, add a spouse and children, see a familiar name and it leads to hours of “bumping” into family members. 

Hate to bore you but this was an awesome day!! Early afternoon, I started with Barbara Sophia Dresher (1848-   ) married to Henry A. Long (1838-   ). At 1:35 PM, I remembered the name David Peter Long (from 1996 research documentation) married to Sarah Frantz (1856-1934). Perhaps he was a sibling? (Dates and locations are similar.) At 2:14 PM, I confirmed David’s ancestry (on Ancestry) but it was through “search” and NOT information displayed on Member Family Trees. So I worked with the “Long” surname (connected to Frantz). The longer I worked… the more connections I “bumped” against (connections NOT detailed in other Ancestry Member Trees). The lengthy search(s) of many possible “Long” families did not provide an answer regarding parents of Henry A. Long. 

Returning to David Peter Long’s immediate family. I found his sister Sarah Jane Long (1866-1947) married Cornelius G. Frantz (1860-1946). Their son Glen Ray Frantz (1898-1998) married Opal May Anderson (1899-   ). Their daughter, Ruth Ann Frantz (1921-2015) married Dennis Duane Landes (………). Hold on to the steering wheel?! Dennis Landes is the brother of Lela Landes Shoup. Lela did the typing, and layout of pictures, for her mother-in-law’s booklet titled Smiles and Tears Through The Years, Memoirs of Arthena I. Shoup. (Arthena’s father is Charles Frantz, her mother is Adria Brubaker.) On June 10, 2017, I introduced my readers to the family in my blog message titled Torn Between Two Worlds.

Round and round I go, a “bump” here, a “bump” there. Since June 10th, I’ve worked with Frantz (obviously) Brubaker (no end), Arnold, (just to name a few). I’ve gone in circles!! (Perhaps one thousand more names [with sources] added to my Ancestry.com database.) I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: The Old German Baptist Brethren are tight-knit, and interwoven like an afghan.

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Trivia: My yard is so neglected, I hired a man to mow and weed-whack. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: I need to be two (or three) people to keep up with all my projects!!

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