Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Family History Trip - Day One - I Found My Valentine!

Last week I went with my parents to visit my dad's hometown for my Oma's birthday. When my dad told me that he and my mom were going on this trip, I told him I had a list of things for him to look up for me while he was there. He must have figured it was easier to just bring me with him, so I got invited too.

We left at 4:00 AM on Sunday. (Yes, we always leave early when my dad is around. Now my husband knows why I like to leave early, but not that early on our trips.) We arrived in Williamsport, Pennsylvania around 12:30 and our first stop was the St. Boniface Cemetery. That's right, my dad stopped at the cemetery before he visited his family.

But my dad knew this was the most important stop on my list. I had to find my favorite ancestor, Valentine BLITZ.
First I found his wife Margaret.
And then I found my Valentine!

Also at St. Boniface, we found my second great grandparents, Frank Haefner and Katherine Blitz.

My aunt had previously taken photos at this cemetery, but missed the giant stones of our ancestors. With the cemetery transcription book that my husband gave me for my birthday, I know have a complete set of photos of my ancestors' gravestones at St. Boniface Cemetery.

That night we had dinner with all of my aunts and uncles. All 7 of my grandparents' children were all together for the meal. It was nice to be around everyone again since I hadn't seen most of them in over 10 years.

In my next post, I'll write about day two. Guess what our first stop of the day was.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful trip this turned out to be. I know you are very happy. Love the name of Valentine.