I posted a while back about researching my genealogy. I’m still working hard on it. Have made a lot of progress with my family tree, especially my father’s side of the family. My mother’s side (all German/Bohemian) is progressing, too, but is slower.

I’ve found good information in other people’s family trees and that has helped a lot. I discovered that some surnames on both sides of my family changed over time. Not sure why that happened. Sometimes, perhaps just a misspelling that continued. I have Deheardt that changed to DeHart and then to Dehart. I have Mück that changed to Mick. And I have Fietz that changed to Fitz. Those are just a few examples. There are many others. For me, one of the most intriguing of the changed surnames is Muskowsky. I saw it spelled Muskovsky, Muskovska, Muskofski, and Muskofsk’eho.

Another thing I noticed is there are so many of the same names, even in the same family. They had many children, some of whom died at birth, and then they would often name their next baby the same name. In different families living in the same small towns, there were multiple people with the same names, too. Some related, but I don’t know if they were all related. Even the names I thought were uncommon are seen again and again–like Franz Muskowsky, for instance.

Also discovered that my father’s side of the family also has some German and some French, some Dutch, and a lot of English. I even found some Counts and Countesses and one Prince.

I also created a family tree for my husband’s ancestors. His was much easier than mine, even though one side of his family is entirely from Ireland. The other side of his family, back in the 1500’s came from England. I read online that one of his ancestors was a ship captain and died in a shipwreck.

There are several good websites that allow you to research your ancestors. I’ve found some of mine through those, but there are many ancestors that I can’t find. I’ll keep plodding away at the research. It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle for sure.