Genealogy For Dyslexics

A frustrating afternoon sorting family photos finally produced a prize:  a picture of all my grandfather’s siblings.  And,  it was labeled!  Not only were all the names included, left to right, the date of the family reunion where it was taken was also included.  

Note to self:  Label those pictures!  The genealogist’s life you save may be your own. 

For all Hilst relatives out there, the picture is of my maternal grandfather, George John Friedrich Hilst, son of John Peter Hilst and Mary Anna Rankin.    His sisters are, left to right, Lizzie, Mayme, Grace, Anna, and Katie.  The event is the Hilst Reunion held in Mineral Springs Park, Pekin, IL, September, 1950.

A mild form of dyslexia makes it difficult for me to make easy connections, especially with the criss-cross mania of the family tree and link branches.  But a picture such as this one is a treasure I can work with.  Wishing you easy access to all your connections.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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