Alison  Andrus

Alison Andrus

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Categories: Military and War Project Member | WikiTree Leaders | Dickey County, North Dakota Research Assistance.

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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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Alison is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Leader of the Andrus Name Study; Researching the descendants of John Andrews of Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Massaschusetts 1600's.
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Leader of the Flaugher Name Study; Researching all Flaugher families
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Leader of the McGrew Name Study.
Interested in any discussion related to the state of North Dakota
Andrews, Andrus, Flaugher and McGrew
Dickey County, North Dakota
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On 21 Jul 2017 at 11:45 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

Alison, needs a US_history badge.. Hope you are Ok, now?


On 7 Jul 2017 at 02:20 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:

Hi Again,

Washington State needs a join post, too, when you get around to it.

Thanks again!

On 7 Jul 2017 at 02:05 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:

Hi Alison,

The North Dakota project needs a G2G join post like I mentioned on the Leaders' list today. Once you get caught up with email is fine-no rush!

Thanks, Abby

On 14 Jun 2017 at 12:28 GMT Saundra Stewart wrote:

Can you please award me the U.S. History badge? I appreciate your hard work and dedication. Thank you.

On 9 Jun 2017 at 08:27 GMT Paddick Van Zyl Jnr wrote:

Many thnx for tips


On 3 Jun 2017 at 22:42 GMT Brian Shores wrote:

Alison, please award me the US History badge

On 29 May 2017 at 00:15 GMT Margaret (Sharps) Caton wrote:

Alison, when you get back, please add me to the Andrus Name Study. One of my grandfather's aunts married into the Andrus family of Wolcott, Vermont. I'll be adding documented information as appropriate in the coming weeks. regards, Peg Caton

On 10 May 2017 at 00:12 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

Thanks Alison! I'm so happy to be here!

On 4 May 2017 at 13:12 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

Hi Alison

The unsourced profile is for the John Harmon that lived in MA.

On 4 May 2017 at 02:48 GMT Russ Gunther wrote:

Oh btw Alison, we are 20th cousins once removed! :)

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Queen Elizabeth II Alison is 21 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 38 degrees from Laura Bozzay, 22 degrees from James Douglas and 22 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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