Alison Andrus
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Alison Andrus

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Alison Andrus
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How Do You Explain An Obsession?

I can't remember a time when I didn't love history. I was entranced with reading stories about ordinary people who became immortal through their acts of honor and courage and through love and loss, who showed great fortitude and moral strength in the face of fierce adversity. I also enjoyed reading about how our country was formed and managed to flourish amidst war, disease and poverty. There were so many stories of personal triumphs and disasters, that I wanted to discover the stories in my own family's history. Who were these people that had passed their DNA down to me and my parents and my children? What mark had they made on our own personal history?

I started my research while I was still in high school. My maternal great-grandparents, Peter Petersen and Nilsine Kristine Jorgensen had both been born in Denmark and their daughter, my great-aunt Frances, had spent quite a bit of time in Denmark, copying information from the old church records, so that line had already been done for me.

My mother and her 3 sisters were interested in learning their father's Flaugher ancestry, so they had written quite a few letters to distant cousins and consulted various histories in the Hagerstown, Maryland area. Their work was a collaboration done with the help of many Flaugher descendants which also included my grandfather's McGrew ancestry. As to the rest, little had been discovered. It's been a challenge to build on their research and discover new lines as I tackled family names like Taylor and Miller throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Iowa.

As for my father's ancestry, his mother's parents were both born in Germany. Her father, Melchior Benedix, came from Saxony and is my brick wall until I can afford to travel to Germany someday to discover his history.

It's been over (ahem) 30 years now since I first figured out how to load the microfilm reels on those old readers with the dim bulbs and quirky focus knobs. I've sneezed my way through countless dusty tomes, learned the art of reading archaic handwriting and ruined my eyes in the process, forever thankful as more and more records were added to the internet.

My father's paternal line has brought me the most excitement and joy as it dates back to the Dutch in 1600's New Amsterdam, the earliest English in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the early Puritan Migration. I descend from ancestors on both sides, accuser and accused, of the Salem Witch Trials. I have ancestors who took part in every war fought on American soil and a few who fought for America in foreign parts. Along the way, I've found a few skeletons in the closet to add some spice.

To that age-old question my long-suffering husband has finally stopped asking, "When will you be done?" My answer is... "There is always a new name to be discovered, a new date to be found and hundreds of sources to be added!"

During all those years of research, I managed to find time to major in History in college, get married, raise two sons, become a fairly good cook, teach middle school, play keyboard in a band and for church, get my certification as a genealogist from 1997-2006, which required me to write articles and attend seminars, sometimes as the teacher and sometimes as the student. I am listed on countless websites as a contributor and volunteer. Most recently, I worked as a Technical Librarian for the Navy, supplying updated curriculum requirements for a training school before moving to Japan this summer. I've also lived in Washington state, North Dakota, Minnesota, Hawaii, California, Texas and Virginia.

I am happy to have found WikiTree. Having grown disillusioned with the amount of misinformation on the internet perpetuated by uninformed people, it's exciting to find a place where serious researchers can collaborate and not just copy each other's work.


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Hi Alison,

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their follwed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any disucssions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you konw that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steve Harris
Alison,

I just discovered this, your personal profile.

I am greatly impressed by your bio! I hope you are using your high-level writing skills to author a book or more for us genealogical fellow travelers.

Clyde

posted by Clyde Perkins
Just as you had mentioned/recommended to me...

I've added the DNA tag on my profile as I've contributed a number of DNA results in hopes to help others as well.

I intend to be active again in various topics to include the DNA.

Thank you very much for your time and contributions! :-)


~Brian

posted by Brian Kerr Esq
Hello, Alison,

We are sorry to lose you as a member of the Military and War Project, but we understand that life gets busy and interests shift. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin the project in the future if you wish.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hi ,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hello, Alison,

It has been a couple of weeks since we contacted you about your participation in the Military and War Project, and we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member.

If you wish to remain, please let us know how you have been contributing to the tasks and goals of the project or any of its sub-projects recently, it would be very helpful to the leaders.

If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things and remove you from the project. You will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you,

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello, Alison,

On behalf of the Military and War Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members.

First, we want to thank you for your past participation in the project. We appreciate your desire to honor your ancestors for their service to their countries, or even for your service, wherever in the world. We hope that your membership has enhanced your WikiTree experience.

Please let me know, by commenting on my profile or sending a private message, if you are still active in the project, and if so, in a general sense how you may have contributed to the main project or any sub-projects within the last couple months.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
yes, I manage a profile Coberly-216 that I am proud of however he does not appear on the Historic list you have on the FREE SPACE.. now what?
posted by Carole Taylor
Hi Alison

The Arborists Project is currently making some changes, starting with a change of the Arborists Project Google Group. The link to request to join the new group is on the Arborists Project page. Alternatively, if you send me your preferred email address for google groups, I can send you an invitation to join. Thanks for being part of the Arborists. We look forward to you being involved as the Project moves forward. Gillian, co-Leader, Arborists Project

posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi Alison,

I’m working with Eowyn to check-in with everyone holding the Project Coordinator badge to make sure we have the most up-to-date information. As a Project Coordinator badge holder, please can you let me know which project(s) you are currently coordinating and if you have a specific role as coordinator in those projects?

Many thanks,

Susie

posted by Susie MacLeod
OOps… thanks for your msg about Harmon. I'll go back and delete it.
Hi Alison,

We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.

Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.

Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.

Many thanks,

Susie

Leader, Global Cemeteries

posted by Susie MacLeod

Alison is 20 degrees from Jaki Erdoes, 19 degrees from Wallis Windsor and 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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