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 20 Mar 2017 at 02:24 GMT James Applegate wrote:

Hello Alison

I would have used the category name that was already written if I had found it before writing a new one. The instructions say to use the "name of the cemetery, then the city and state." The older category had a variation of the cemetery name, then neighborhood and state. It is not on the "Category Cemetery Formatting Page", but I am aware that preference is given to coping FAG so that the most people can find them. This may be one of the exceptions.

On 19 Mar 2017 at 18:03 GMT Abigail Drumm wrote:

Hello! The Missouri project page directed me to you to ask for a U.S. History project badge :)

On 14 Mar 2017 at 13:52 GMT Ginger Rogers wrote:

Hi Allison, May I receive a Westward Ho! Project badge.

On 25 Feb 2017 at 20:46 GMT Jo Gill wrote:

I'm a native Nevanda and I'm working on added other desert rats to WikiTree. Of course, a project bade would make it legal.

On 24 Feb 2017 at 19:57 GMT Michael Joslin wrote:


Two questions, my 3rd gg and his family moved to Franklin, MO 1n 1810/1811. They were sod busters, but were there way before the Homestead Act. Which Westward Ho category is correct? Are you from SD? Thanks cousin, Michael

On 23 Feb 2017 at 04:06 GMT Jamie Nelson wrote:

Thanks Alison!

On 22 Feb 2017 at 21:16 GMT Michael Joslin wrote:

Allison. Just a suggestion, but I think it would be relevant to add Riverboats toThe Way West Project expanding the name and scope to include riverboats. Thousands of pioneers traveled down the Ohio, up and down the Mississippi etc. Many traveled by steamer from St. Louis to Franklin, Mo which was the Eastern terminus of The Santa Fe Trail.

Thanks, Michael

On 1 Feb 2017 at 19:17 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Alison -- Thank you so much for your nice note. :-)

(Love your Einstein cartoon over there. ;-) )

On 30 Jan 2017 at 23:57 GMT Larry Huey wrote:

Thanks Alison! I appreciate you taking the time to help me very much! Larry

On 30 Jan 2017 at 20:26 GMT Larry Huey wrote:

Hi Alison, I am interested in Mississippi and Alabama histories; am I limited to one? If so, I suppose I would go with Mississippi. Thx a bunch!

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