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Kathy Rabenstein

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Kathy I. Rabenstein
Born 1950s.
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Daughter of and [private mother (1920s - unknown)]
Sister of [private sister (1950s - unknown)], and [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
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Kathy has written and improved 500 profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge and is now a Master Builder.
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Kathy reached the Golden Achievement milestone by sourcing at least one profile in every month of the 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge
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Kathy reached the Royal Effort milestone by sourcing 500 profiles in the October 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge
Kathy won the January and March 2022 Integrators Challenge!
Kathy won the May and December 2021 Integrators Challenge!
Kathy won the February and May 2020 Integrators Challenge!
Kathy won the October and November 2019 Integrators Challenge!
Kathy Rabenstein participated with Mid-Atlantic Team during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon, and added 166 connections.
Kathy Rabenstein participated with Marvelous Mid-Atlantic Mop-Up Crew during the 2021 Clean-a-Thon.
Kathy Rabenstein is participating with Mid-Atlantic Team during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 1,162 suggestions.
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Lived in Phoenix, Arizona; Braddock (near Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania; Trier, Germany; Arlington, Virginia; and Washington, DC.

She was raised in Bethel Svenske Evangeliska Kyrkan, but later converted to Roman Catholicism. Her exposure to the Swedish liturgy led her in graduate school to writing a Swedish grammar for English speakers. While she had a great love of linguistics and languages, she lacked the penchant to speak them well. In addition to English, French, German, and Spanish, in which she had some facility, she studied Latin, Serbo-Croatian, Turkish, Russian, Roumanian, Italian, Portuguese, and Danish. She had many friends from the Middle East and learned to converse in Arabic, but never studied the language formally.

Member: Phi Alpha Theta (History), Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit), Delta Phi Epsilon (International).

Member: American Contract Bridge League Ruby Life Master and Bridge teacher.

Internationally recognized hagiographer (17 volumes and numerous articles published).

Certified Association Executive.

Graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; graduate work at Üniversitäts Trier; Georgetown, George Washington and Trinity Universities in history, economics, languages/linguistics, and nonprofit management.

Changes Seen in My Lifetime

  • Attire: (no slacks, white gloves, new clothes)
  • Computers: (Tandy, accounting machines, IBM 360)
  • Grammar Schools: In the one-square mile town in which I grew up, there were two grammar schools with one class for each grade in each school. Children walked to school and home for lunch. It was impossible not to know everyone in your class--and usually their siblings. Now children must take a school bus to a large school with a high degree of anonymity.
Lessons were written on paper or chalk boards, because there were no computers.
Education was well-rounded: Everyone studied music, art, physical education, as well as reading, writing, arithmetic, civics, and geography. There were regular classes on handwriting, that is, how to write cursive in the Painter method.
  • International Communication: My father built ham radios and taught me to use Morse code to communicate with others. International telephone calls were prohibitively expensive and difficult to make requiring the use of an international operator to connect the lines over underwater cables.
Before the Internet, before facsimile machines (faxes), international businesses in the late 1970's and 1980's used teletype machines. You would type out a message on one end to create a coded paper tape about 5/8" that fed into the machine once you had a live international connection with a receiving machine. Fax machines in the mid-1980's were a huge advance.
Most international communication was via airmailed letters on the lightest possible vellum paper to reduce the cost of postage. It was not unusual to wait three weeks for reply to a standard letter to Europe, which received a prompt response. Now I can communicate with friends all over the world within seconds—even carrying on a real-time conversation with video.
  • Household Appliances: Washers with mangles, washboards, line-drying, ironing
  • Neighborhoods: (caring for each other, penny candy, shoemakers)
  • Office Work: (noisy typewriters, secretarial pools, male-female roles)
  • Recycling: Sometimes I think we may be better off as a society if we returned to the older way of recycling, rather than disposing of things that still have a useful life. (rags, leftovers, hand-me-downs, repairs)
  • Telephones: (party lines, phone numbers)
  • Television: As a child we were permitted one-hour of television daily on our 9" black-and-white screen. There were three broadcast stations in Pittsburgh, plus the local public television station, which broadcast from about 06:00 (possibly later) until about 01:00. Each day's broadcasts ended with a short sermon and prayer. Television on Saturdays was cartoons—Bugs Bunny, Rocky & Bullwinkle,—until prime-time. (I never got to watch Saturday cartoons as I was enrolled in county-sponsored art classes for the gifted.) Daytime television on weekdays meant game shows until about noon, followed by soap operas. Cable television did not yet exist. About 1965, we got our first color television so our father, who repaired televisions on the side, could learn to work on them.
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We would love to have you join the Mid-Atlantic Team for the Connect-A-Thon. The event will start on Friday, July 15th, at 8 AM (EST) and run until Monday, July 18th, at 8 AM (EST). You do not need to be available the entire time and there will be links on our page to the Needs Profiles categories .

If you would like to join us then please answer the G2G post here and ask to join the Mid-Atlantic Team.

Hope you will join us again!

Mickey Co-Captain for the Mid-Atlantic Team

posted by Michele Bazley

Thank you for contributing to the March 2022 Sourcerers Challenge! As you know, every source added to an unsourced profile improves our One Tree. Thank you for taking time from your own family history to help others.

WT Appreciation Team

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak

Thanks for being a member of the Mid-Atlantic Team for the January Connectathon. It was a fun and productive weekend. We added 2,936 profiles to Wikitree, almost a thousand more than last July’s Connectathon.

In Mindy’s wrap up message, she mentions how to delete from your watchlist profiles you do not want to continue to manage. Can I make a suggestion, before you do this, can you check your suggestion list and see if there are any typos that need to be corrected. We don’t want to add to the data doctors’ work.

See you next thon Mickey

posted by Michele Bazley
edited by Michele Bazley
Thanks for your consistent sourcing with us, Kathy!
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Yearly Golden Achievement Milestone for 1 sourced profile tracked every month
Kathy Rabenstein reached the Golden Achievement milestone by sourcing at least one profile in every month of the 2021 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Kathy. I just wanted to say a big thank you for the work you did on my ancestors this week during the WikiTree Challenge on my Miller line.
posted by Roberta Estes
Thank you for your work on my Wikitree during the challenge. It is well appreciated, happy hunting!
posted by Shelley Murphy
Hi Kathy,

Thank you for contributing to my tree during the WikiTree Challenge this week! Yvette Hoitink

posted by Yvette Hoitink
Hi again,

I sent you a message a couple of weeks ago on behalf of the Germany Project and have not yet heard back from you. I hope you are well!

If I don’t hear back from you by the end of April, I will assume you no longer wish to be a member of the Germany Project and I’ll go ahead and remove you from our member roster. You are, of course, welcome to rejoin at any time via our G2G sign-up post.

Best wishes,

Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen

The Germany Project Leaders are doing their semi-annual check-in with all project members and we want to verify that you’re still interested in being a member of the Project. Please respond by private message and let me know.

Are you currently working with one of our Sub-projects or Teams? If not, take a look at our main Project page for a full list. We recently launched a new Profile Improvement Team and are seeking new team members. Let me know if you’re interested.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Kathy,

Thank You for your work on Week 11 of the WikiTree Challenge, especially for the work you did on our profile of the week Eleanor Martha (Hobbs) Welty (1836-1918). Here is a special sticker that you can add to your profile.

Kathy worked on the best profile of the week during week 11 of The WikiTree Challenge

Janet and Joan.

Hi Kathy,

I'm completing check-ins for the Palatine Migration Project. If you are interested in being an active member of the project please send me a private message.

If I don't hear from you, I'll remove your name from our list of participants. If you are not interested or able to participate at the present time, you are always welcome to sign up at any future date.



posted by Dave Rutherford
Thank you Kathy for helping me with the source citation for Susan Louise Swartz Lapp. I see Swartz is a special interest for you. Also congratulations on all your Wiki awards (you have contributed A LOT), and especially on getting your pilot's license! You are a Wonderful Wikitreer!
posted by James Rugh
I wanted to sincerely thank you for your recent help on my husband's family. It was kind of a brick wall, but teaching me about resources I didn't know I had was invaluable.

Where do I thank you. Is there a button to push somewhere that adds to your total?

posted by Amanda (Moyer) Torrey
Thank you for your comment about Jesse Dodson, Kathy. As I have said, I have no information about him other than he was 35 y/o in Dec of 1947... that he was a ferris wheel operator when birth mother met him...which he had been for 17 years...and then be became a truck driver and had a fondness for alcohol. If he had been moving around with a carnival for 17 years, who knows where he was actually from. Thanks for the help. :)
Thank you for updating my James Printess Palmer's bio.
Thank you so much, the profile looks great when properly formatted. I don't know why I have such a mental block when it comes to understanding formatting. Thanks again for your great help!!
posted by David Heyes

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