I started blogging in late 2010, mostly about digital scrapbooking, photography, and photographic post-processing. I’ve recently become interested in genealogy, and I’ve decided to repurpose this blog to document my family history and genealogy efforts.
The header image above was taken from a bluff on property my paternal grandfather, Peter Ernest Arnold, owned near Gladstone, North Dakota, beginning around November 1915, when he and my grandmother, Magdalena Wehner, were married. This overlook is a short distance from the family’s first home, a small sod hut that, in rainy or snowy weather, offered little protection to its inhabitants. Peter and Magdalena eventually built a modest three-bedroom home in a protected valley below the bluff, adjacent to the Green River. Together they parented 12 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood.
My maternal grandparents, Daniel Armbrust and Elizabeth Jaeger, were married in a civil ceremony in 1925. Census records reveal that they lived in North Dakota’s Dunn and McKenzie counties. I know very little about either of them because they both died long before I was born. As far as I can tell, they didn’t own land, neither one had a social security number, and, though I know where they are buried, I don’t believe their graves are marked. Daniel registered for the draft in 1918, and I have a copy of his death certificate. The only records I have for Elizabeth are copies of church register entries for her birth and death dates.