Friday, April 10, 2020

It's National Siblings Day!

It's National Siblings Day! Here are some of the siblings in my family!

The above picture is of my great grandfather, William Joseph Rueff, Jr. and his brothers. From L-R: Charles William Rueff (sitting), Philip George Rueff (standing), Andrew Grover Cleveland "Andy" Rueff (sitting in center) and my great grandfather, William Joseph Rueff, Jr. They are the sons of William Joseph Rueff, Sr. and his wife Caroline Kuhn Rueff. ca. 1898

This is one of my favorite photos! From L-R: John Christopher "JC" Rueff, George Kenneth Rueff (my grandfather), William Edward "Bill" Rueff, Norman A. Rueff, Irvin Charles "Bud" Rueff, Frank William Rueff and my great grandfather, William Joseph Rueff, Jr. 

This is my grandfather, William Elmer Williams (left) and his older sister, Eloise Williams Rich. ca. 1913

My boys, Kenny on the left and David on the right. Brothers forever! ca.1982

My siblings and I in 1973.

This is one of my favorite pictures of me and my sisters. It was taken on 10 October 2015, Pensacola, Florida at our cousins wedding reception. 

My Dad with his big sister.

And the newest generation of siblings in my family! My grandsons. Never has little brother been so eagerly waited for and so loved by his big brother. 

©2020, Dawn M. Kogutkiewicz, genealogical researcher and writer of Dawning Genealogy. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 6, 2020

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Journal Entry # 5

6 April 2020

How is everyone doing today? I am hanging in there! 

My Thoughts and Feelings:

How is your pandemic journal writing going? Mine is going well. Over the weekend I included two recipes in my journal for my grandsons. I know it seems silly but since I am talking to them for the most part, I figured why not include the recipes for the meals I am making during the pandemic! The first recipe was for beer bread (this recipe is from a family friend) but I had lost it in a move somewhere along the way. However, she had posted it on Facebook recently and I asked her for it again. The second recipe is new and for a crustless quiche. I have made this recipe twice now and absolutely love it! 

My youngest grandson, Keaton will turn 1 on Wednesday and I am so sad that we will not be able to be with him, his brother and his Mama and Daddy to celebrate this day! My daughter in love has decided to do a birthday happy hour through Zoom so that we can be there in some small way. Once this pandemic is under control and shelter in place orders have been rescinded, I am sure we will be celebrating several family birthdays at once. Today is my nephew William's birthday and in late March my nephew Walker celebrated his birthday. There are a few more birthdays coming up between now and end of the April too. 

What Have I Been Doing:

As I may have mentioned my husband and I moved to Myrtle Beach back on Valentine's Day. As I packed up our apartment in Columbia during the day to wind down at night I searched GenealogyBank,, FamilySearch and Ancestry for records on a new tree I started for just one line in my biological tree. I am trying to prove or disapprove a couple of theories. I noted source citations as I went but I did not start a research log so I have spent the last 3 weeks adding 425 source citations to a new research log. I wish I could say it won't happen again but I can't! Life gets busy but at least I document the records with partial citations so that I know where I found them (website), the date I found them, which tree they belong in, and the link to find them again. This does make it a little easier but it feels like it is so much more time consuming! As of now I have completed 208 out of 425. 

Here is a screen shot of the beginning with the column headings.

The above shot and the one below are from the middle and toward the end. I included them because I need to give a shout out to my fellow genealogist, Patti Hobbs, who helped me craft the citations for Florida Marriage and Death records when I asked for help in the Facebook group Genealogy - Cite Your Sources.

Covid-19 Update:

Here in my home county of Horry there are now 64 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with 5 confirmed deaths. As of 5:00 o'clock this evening many nonessential business are closing due to the pandemic. The closings include furniture, clothing, shoe and accessory stores, florists, department, jewelry, shoe, book stores, sporting goods stores, luggage stores, home furnishing stores, craft and music stores. That is a lot closings here in our area as there many outlet stores here. 

 There is also a meeting suppose to be a meeting of all city councils in the county this evening to determine what steps should be taken next to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

Just for Fun:

I have reposted the names I am researching in my Dawning Genealogy blog which is my adoptive family and my children's paternal lines. Today I am posting the names from their Kitts families I am researching. If you are researching any of these families let me know and perhaps we can collaborate!

©2020, Dawn M. Kogutkiewicz, genealogical researcher and writer of Dawning Genealogy. All rights reserved.