Alison Andrus

Alison Andrus

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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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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 27 Nov 2018 at 00:26 GMT Richard McGrew wrote:

Hello, you seem to be in charge of the McGrew Name Study. I am a McGrew male whose dad is from Pennsylvania with a lot of family in Pennsylvania both now and in many prior generations. I would like to be part of it and I think I can be helpful, please add me to the McGrew Name Study. Thanks!

On 23 Jun 2018 at 19:51 GMT Martha (Beaugh) Leger wrote:

how do I find out if I had ancertors who were connected before I join the Westward-Ho Project .

I have many who came down from Canada - is there any Project about Canada ?? Martha Leger Beaugh-15

On 23 Jun 2018 at 19:41 GMT Martha (Beaugh) Leger wrote:

Hi , I have started the Beaugh Name Study but am at a standstill of how to find others & add more information . I have posted for others who have Beaugh name but very few have responded . is there any way you can help me ?? would so appreciate it .[ I will be 83 in August & have more trouble retaining & understanding instructions .

Martha Leger Beaugh-15

On 21 Apr 2018 at 02:53 GMT Taylor (Fritz) Worthington-Gilchrist R.N. wrote:

I love this page!!!

Hi Alison can you please give me a U.S. History Badge for the Maine Project. Thank you Taylor Worthington

On 15 Apr 2018 at 21:26 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:

I would like to join the Westward Ho project and get a badge also.

On 7 Apr 2018 at 02:09 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:

Hi I would like to invite you again this year to join the 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon and join the Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon this year I am going to be the leader like I was for Team Tennessee 2017 Source-a-Thon. I will also be the leader of Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Source-a-Thon too this year. Notice the change in the name of the team. Here is our free space page: It is April 21 - 23. You need to register for this by April 19th that is the last day to register.

Star this is the link you need to go to and The registration deadline is April 19, 2018, at 12:01 am. Note: Please post as an answer not as a comment. Thanks!

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!

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