Alison  Andrus

Alison Andrus

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Categories: Dickey County, North Dakota Research Assistance.

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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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Followed Tags
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.
Leader of the Flaugher Name Study; Researching all Flaugher families
Project Leader
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
Project Leader
Project coordinator for Washington and North Dakota
Project coordinator for Pony Express and Homesteaders

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On 1 Feb 2018 at 04:37 GMT Lori (Andrews) Dillon wrote:

Thanks, Alison. That's what I did when I first found the project but for some reason, it doesn't seem to work. I must be doing something wrong. I'm afraid I don't understand a lot of the lingo or computereze. I'll just muddle along. Thanks so much for your responses and efforts at helping me.

On 1 Feb 2018 at 01:13 GMT Sharon Richardson wrote:

I would like a One Name Study Badge for the Richardson family. I want to join that project.

By the way, I am so inspired by reading your profile page. I have become obsessed with family history. You have stated so well how I feel inside. I can not understand, for the life of me, why other family members could care less. Thank you, Alison.

On 3 Jan 2018 at 22:52 GMT Rebecca McCall wrote:

I see that there is a One Name Study for the Andrews family. I have a great-grandmother whose maiden name was Andrews. I know from the 1940 census that she was born in Kentucky in 1875. Should I add her to the Andrews Name Study, or wait until I've found males in her line?


On 10 Nov 2017 at 23:12 GMT Jacqueline Girouard wrote:

Hi, on the US History page, table of the states, clicking Kentucky gets you to Space:Kentucky page rather than its Project:Kentucky page. Also, the State list links needs to say "Louisiana" and not "Louisiana Families". Thanks!

On 26 Oct 2017 at 17:05 GMT Bev (Turner) Weston wrote:

Hi Alison:

How do you get your pictures to stay on the left-hand side - for example, the Einstein picture. Any that I have uploaded have stayed on the right-hand side.


On 4 Oct 2017 at 22:48 GMT Mary Ellen Alvis wrote:

Thank you Alison for heading up the Westward-Ho Project. It is an exciting era with so much historical significance.

On 24 Sep 2017 at 23:37 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:

check our page here:

If you have register for the September 2017 Source a thon but haven't chose a team look at this page and if your are interested to join us leave a comment on the page with your bib number, your whole name, profile ID number, also your email address so you can be your own profile manager on this. Or you could email me this information to me at Linda Barnett If you want to register even go to the to register. Then ask to be on Team Tennessee we still have room for you.

Did you know there's a new Source-a-Thon 2017 (first register here) organized for 30 September -2 October 2017 ? A huge event, to keep things organized we are going to work with teams again, since you're a member of our Project, perhaps you would like to join our Team Tennessee Team to help and source and improve Unsourced Tennessee profiles ?

We sure can use some help and you can win prizes, but the best thing of course is we are going to work on this together get as many as possible Unsourced profiles Sourced and improved and have a lot a fun ! :)


The Tennessee Source-a-Thon Team

WikiTree profile: Space:Team_Tennessee_2017_September_Source_A_Thon

On 4 Sep 2017 at 17:14 GMT Shelley Montague wrote:

Hello. Cousin! We are 10th cousins. We share George Merriam as our common ancestor.

On 11 Aug 2017 at 23:38 GMT Candy (Black) Cox wrote:

We are 21 degree's through my Mosher's :)

On 11 Aug 2017 at 21:13 GMT Debbie (Fink) Thomas wrote:


Alison Andrus is 25 Degrees from Debbie Thomas on my father's side.

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Queen Elizabeth II Alison is 21 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 28 degrees from Carol Keeling, 18 degrees from George Washington and 22 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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