Category Archives: Family History

The Last Will and Testament of Heinrich Goossen (1824-1906)

I only know my grandfather through secondary sources: He died before I was born. The same is true of my Father and his Grand-father. In talking with my mom about the upcoming F.M.Goossen reunion I started thinking about what his grandfather … Continue reading

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Current book list

The first two books on the list are ones I have just finished. “Seamos Dedicados” is the Spanish translation of one of the “Be” series devotional commentaries by Warren Wiersbe. Our Sunday school class has just gone through the book … Continue reading

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A letter to my son

“It’s a boy,” announced Dr. Edmundson. Those words flooded me with joy. The Lord had given me my desire. A son! You, dear son, were the answer to my prayers. I was the first of the four daughters born to your … Continue reading

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Language School Part 2

I was an ugly child I was ugly as sin: selfish and manipulative. I could be sweet when things were going my way, but horrible when they weren’t. More and more, I had to deal with others using MY things. … Continue reading

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Ford in the Field 1

The Model T ford became a ubiquitous piece of machinery in rural America. The farmer had come to rely on horses, mules and oxen, but now a machine that costs a little more than a horse but has twenty times … Continue reading

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Language School Part 1

  The Move We went to language school in Texas. This is where a new life started. As with any birth there is pain with it, both for the mother and the baby. We had just driven what seemed like … Continue reading

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US Federal Census Dates

It is important to use the official census dates when incorporating census information into genealogy records. Each census year is assigned an official date by the census agency. Enumerators are instructed to ask that answers to their questions be “as … Continue reading

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Of Bettas and Ducks

Baby betta’s are born into a nest of bubbles built by their father. The father guards the nest from danger and protects his young. When betta fry fall out of the nest the male gently gathers them in his mouth … Continue reading

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The Ships

Our Goossen ancestors came over from Russia crossing the Atlantic on four different ships. S. S. Teutonia Maria Goossen, Franz M. Goossen’s aunt, was the first of our Goossen ancestors to come to America. By Aug 1874 she had been … Continue reading

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That day the mail went through

One day our family, moved onto Uncle Ed’s farm. Uncle Ed was that: an uncle. He and Aunt Rachel were not really my aunt and uncle but my parent’s. They were slightly older than mom and dad, so not very … Continue reading

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