Hello from Washington State!

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My name is Stef Anderson and I am addicted to Genealogy. I'm fairly new. I've been compiling a database offline in RootsMagic.

My first project (I guess I would call it) is to trace my mother's mother's line. My mother's mother's mother's mother and so on. I do research the entire family along the way because it's so difficult to get a full picture just focusing on the person.

So far, I'm to my 4x great-grandmother. The surnames I'm focused right now are WEBER and REUSSWIG from Utica, New York. Most of my WEBER family settled in Minnesota and North Dakota with what appears to be a massive migration to Oregon (many related families over a handful of years). They settled in Silverton, Oregon and have been populating the Northwest US ever since.

Sometimes, I feel like I'm spending my time doing unproductive things. Other times, I wonder why I spend so much time doing any of this. Usually, I really enjoy growing my database of story facts. I also really enjoy learning about history along the way.

Pleasure to be here! Hope I can help!
WikiTree profile: Stef Anderson
in The Tree House by Stef Anderson G2G6 Mach 1 (10.7k points)

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Here is a site that may help you, coming from Utica.
nyshistoricnewspapers.org.  Not all papers, but I often find an
article when nothing else is available.  I also live in upstate
New York.  Ask for help here if you need help.  Everyone is friendly and will jump in if they can help you.
by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Pilot (270k points)
selected by Stef Anderson
Thanks for the link! That's a gem. I've spent a lot of time perusing newspapers... have hundreds of stories across a couple generations so far. Like yesterday's Facebook :) I didn't have this resource so thanks again!
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Hey Stef,

Welcome to WikiTree! I'm a neighbor to your north in BC. Happy to help if any of your family traveled north or if you need help learning the ropes here.

by Peggy Watkins G2G6 Pilot (136k points)
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Hi, Stephanie and welcome.  I live in Everett, Washington and have roots in Oregon.  I run across Webers related by marriage ever so often, who lived in Linn County, Oregon and came from Illinois.  I will let you know if I find any in Marion County.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Pilot (143k points)
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Hi, Stef:

I just today began working on the Weber One Name Study Project. I've done a lot of research on my line of Webers. They were mostly German from Switzerland. Welcome!

by Noma Eddings G2G2 (3.0k points)
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Hi,Steph.Welcome to Wikji tree.I believe we all share a common curiosity.We need to know, where we came from.I posted a link on Ellen's page  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Rich-4973  It lists sources for her parents grand parents,etc,I think if you go back a couple generations you will have a pleasant surprise.
by James Collins G2G6 Mach 5 (55.0k points)
edited by James Collins
Thanks James. I see and knight and a baron and me getting lost in that arm of my family for quite awhile. I'm actually currently watching the Tudors, and I think one of these people are actually in that show. Thanks so much for sharing! Look forward to learning more!
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I've done quite a bit of time looking into my Mother's family who were early settlers in Oregon Territory. As far as the never ending hunt goes, it's more about the stories and putting order to what time has hidden. I take breaks away from research but normally return with a zeal. This tree we are building is a fun ongoing project and I'm glad you've joined us!! -Rachel
by Rachel Humphrey G2G Crew (300 points)
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I'm also in Washington state (near Seattle), but probably can't be of in direct help for your families. My own family is from the South, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, etc.

Wished we had some sort of periodic in-person meetup where we could get together and help each other out.
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (536k points)

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