Milwaukee'r Arbeiter-Zeitung

Milwaukee'r Arbeiter-Zeitung

Sunday, May 11, 2014

a Mother's Day reminiscence ...

25th wedding anniversary, Boulevard Inn, Milwaukee
     My mother, Betty Quast Rebholz, wasn't at all interested in the family genealogy. I ignored that and regaled her with names of ancestors going back 12 generations, lost branches of her tree and about my experiences with the genealogy community and in local research collections. Her typical response was "You couldn't make this stuff up!"
     So it was a real surprise when she related her own story about my research in Milwaukee's German newspapers: her hairdresser provided a detailed version of my biography relayed by instructors of a genealogy class at the public library! All sorts of detail unconnected with Milwaukee's German newspapers was included in the information.
     This was an Aha! moment for me because of an incident at the local family history library where a researcher named Tom (an acolyte of the one true genealogy) LOUDLY regaled 4 or 5 patrons and me with his own version of my biography.
     Betty and I had a good chuckle over this. From that time on she appreciated that my anecdotes about bullying librarians and threats from local genealogy queens were true.
     She would also enjoy a good chuckle if she knew that a stranger attended her funeral service in May 2011 and actually approached me with a research question.

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