mtDNA Haplogroup H1af
Child of Volga German parents
First generation of families born in the United States.
I was born in 1932, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Alex and Mollie Kaiser, both of whom were born in Grimm, Saratov, Russia. They came to the United States in the early 1900s and married in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. My brother and I grew up in Milwaukee, but spent a lot of time in Fond du Lac with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. When I was in high school, we moved to the St. Louis area for a year, but then we moved back to Milwaukee.
My father was a salesman for Rueping Leather Company for many years, and when he retired from there, he opened his own shoe store. I used to help him in the store on weekends and during vacations.
I went to Wheaton College in Illinois and graduated in 1955. After a couple of year teaching, my best friend and I decided to move to California. I taught in the Los Angeles School District for 1 1/2 years before I married my husband, Clay T. Miller Miller-33356, and moved to Orange County where I taught school for a number of years.
We raised two girls who are now grown and have children of their own. I am working with one of my daughters to document everything I can about my family and the time they spent in Grimm, Russia.
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