Sunday, August 23, 2009

Reluctant Genealogist

I know, I know. You are probably thinking, "A reluctant genealogist?" Yes it's true. There were several reasons I was reluctant to research my husband's genealogy:
  • I'd never done any German research and didn't want to tackle the German genealogy learning curve.
  • I knew none of his family's folklore because I obviously didn't grow up in his family.
  • The only German words I knew were guten tag (hello), auf wiedersehen (goodbye), danke schoen (thank you), gesundheit (bless you), and dummkopf (fool; idiot).
Several years before my father-in-law, George Kolbe, passed away I briefly questioned him about his roots. Unfortunately I didn't ask many detailed questions. That is really a shame because now that I am doing German research, I sure would like to be able to ask him those questions.


  1. Hi Michelle, I'm so glad you've started blogging about your family history - well actually your hubby's family history :-)

    I think you'll find German research very rewarding. The Germans were wonderful record keepers! I don't speak any German but have had great success finding my German ancestors in East Prussian records. Go get 'em!

  2. Thanks for the support Lisa. If there's one thing genealogists appreciate, it's wonderful record keepers. Thanks for your podcast and encouragement to begin blogging!