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Volume 6, Issue 1

February 1, 2003


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German Ties

Malissa Annabelle Shigley 1867-1899

Search Engines

Meanings of Words

Family Favorites - Augratin Potatos

Photo Questions

Malissa Annabelle Shigley


Malissa Annabelle Shigley was born on June 3, 1867 in Minnesota to John Nelson Shigley and Eleanor Dollie Chaffin. She was the seventh of ten children.

When she was three years old the family moved to Michigan. They then moved on to Mentone, Alabama.

On December 4, 1887 Malissa married George W. Hull from Wisconsin.

Malissa and her sister Elizabeth built houses outside the Mentone town limits.

In 1889 Malissa’s daughter Grace Violet was born in Alabama. She married John N. Crowe on September 15,1910 in Alabama.

On April 11, 1890 Malissa had a second child, Ernest Hull. He died in Wisconsin in August 1974.

Malissa’s third child George R. was born in Alabama on August 26, 1892. On December 25, 1969 he died in Michigan.

Sometime between 1892 and 1899 George W. and Malissa returned to Michigan. Malissa wrote her family in Mentone, Alabama and asked them to sell their house “and see if you can get $800 please take it, because we don’t think Mentone will ever amount to much.”

Malissa died giving birth to their fourth child Joseph Oscar. He was born and died in Arcadia, Michigan on June 27, 1899.

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German Ties

We have been corresponding with Martha Keb in Germany for the last few years. We found her on the internet and contacted her, hoping she was part of the family. Correspondence is very slow, as she only speaks and writes German. Being 87 years old, she is a great source of information.

We sent her a picture of Anna Margarete Keb, daughter of Andrew Keb and Eva Barbara Goldstein. She remembers meeting her once and we knew we were on the right track.

We received pictures of her, her daughters family, and her grandchild’s family. What a treasure.

The information was good and we knew we were related, we just couldn’t figure out exactly how. We knew we were all descendents of Michael Keb and Anna Maria Bergmann, but still couldn’t tie her in specifically.

Then we received a copy of a picture, from a card dated 1948, of an elderly couple. We sent this picture to Martha and just received it back. To our surprise, the picture was her father, Andreas Keb and her mother Anna Schmidt.

We also received some family tree

information, so here goes. First the information we had. Michael Keb b. August 15, 1842 in Serrfeld, Bavaria, Germany married Anna Maria Bergmann b. August 17, 1842 in Swinehauften, Bavaria, Germany. Then had children Kunigunda Keb b. March 1866 in Bavaria, Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1884. Andrew Keb b. November 3, 1868 in Schweinshaupten, Allerhausen, or Ernsthausen (depending on the source), Bavaria, Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1892. Other children were Gustav Keb, Anna Keb, and Maria Keb (all living in Germany in 1917). This was the extent of our knowledge.

Now for the information sent to us by Martha. Michael Keb and Anna Maria Bergmann had a son, Nikolaus born October 30, 1863 in Schweinhauften, Konigshofen, Germany and died in 1898. In 1898 in Ermershausen, Germany he married Margaretha Klaus b. August 27, 1856 in Ermershausen, Germany and died 1918 in Nurnbern, Germany.

Her parents were Nicolaus Klaus and Barbara Baiersdorfer.

Nikolaus Keb and Margaretha Klaus had

three children. Andreas Keb born March 26, 1885 Nurnberg, Mittelfranken, Bayern, Germany and died April 9, 1962 in Nurnberg. Anna Keb born February 26, 1890 in Nurnberg, married Mr. Schmidt and died in Nurnberg on February 17, 1979. Margarete Keb was born on February 25, 1889 in Nurnberg and died December 23, 1964 in Erlangen, Germany.

In Nurnberg, Andreas Keb (b. 1885) married, on April 13, 1913, Anna Schmidt b. February 26, 1890 and died February 17, 1979 in Nurnberg.

They had a daughter Martha Margarette Keb. And thus the missing link is no longer missing. She is the Martha Keb that we have been corresponding with.

Martha has a daughter Margot Anna Keb married to Helmut Sach. They have a daughter Irish Sach married to Klaus Bauer. They have two sons, Marc and Swen.

It is very interesting to correspond to relatives still in the country from where you descended. It adds substance and dimension to the family tree. You aren’t just reading about history, you are living it.


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Search Engines

Have you been trying to research genealogy on the Internet and haven’t gotten too far? You can’t find anything or find so much you are overwhelmed to determine what’s useful.

You type in the surname “Irish” and you may get 1000 hits. One hit might be a person with the surname “Irish” and the rest of the hits might be information on the Irish nationality.

The book “The Search Engine Secrets Made Easy for Genealogy Researchers Guide” by Robert Ragan is a step-by-step guide in plain English on how to research using the Internet.

In this book you will learn various methods that will make your research an easy task. For instance, an asterisk works as a wild card in searching. If you are looking for Ragan, but it was

sometimes spelled differently, type Ragan* and you’ll get more hits, perhaps even a Raganowski.

Also, using the words “and” and “or” helps to narrow or broaden your searches. For instance, Civil War “and” infantry makes it a search for only those sites that give information on both the Civil War and the infantry. Civil War “or” infantry gives information on the Civil War and on any site that has infantry on it, whether it’s the Civil War, the War of 1812 or World War I. This technique is referred to as a Boolean search.

Ragan also suggests other tips, such as using the plus sign, and explains them. Type in your surname + genealogy and hit enter. You may, as some people do, connect with someone on the Family Genealogical Forum.

To narrow a search when looking for a date of birth, marriage or death, type in the surname with the word birth, marriage or death. Type in ragan + birth, and you will get a listing of the Ragan births listed on the Internet.

Ragan also suggests typing the surname in lower case letters. The search engine will then catch all the sites with the name printed Ragan, RAGAN and ragan, thereby increasing the number of hits.

Don’t forget to check out forums and chat rooms. Leave a message or look at other messages. You may just find that link you needed.

Most of all, don’t forget, just because you found it on the internet doesn’t mean it is true. Verify your information with another source.

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Meanings of Words

Language evolves, changing the meaning of words, creating new words and eliminating old ones. If you’ve been trying to figure out exactly what a “caba” is or a “la Concierge hair”, a book titled “A Guide for Writers, Students and Historians” might be a worthwhile investment.

That book will tell you that a caba was a small handbag and that a la Concierge was a

hairstyle where the long hair was pulled to the top of the head and pinned in a knot. This hairstyle was popular in the 1890s.

Civil War, slavery and money terms, general slang and more are covered. Did you know grocery used to be a slang term for a bar? Besides telling what various phrases mean, the book is an excellent source for a genealogist to use in writing a

family history.

If you can’t find the meaning for a word in this book, try an internet search or read some older history books or story books from the time the word was used. They might not give you an exact meaning of a word, but in the context of the sentence or story you might understand what the word meant at the time.

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Family Favorites

Augratin Potatoes


2 lbs Frozen Shredded hash brown potatoes

8 oz Sour Cream

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup

12 oz Shredded Cheese

1/2 cup Melted Butter

1/4 tsp Pepper

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 cup Chopped Onion


2 cups Crushed corn flakes

1/4 cup Melted butter

Mix first eight ingredients together and put into a casserole dish and level with a spoon. Mix corn flakes with 1/4 cup melted butter for a topper. Place on top of other ingredients in the casserole dish and level out. Bake 1 hour at 350º F.

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Photo Questions

Franklin Pierce Ullom 1903-1968

Hildegard Alvina Elsa Keb 1905-1977

Franklin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Hildegard wad born in South Bend, Indiana. They married in South Bend, Indiana and had three children.


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