I’ll miss seeing you at our monthly meetings both as a resource for me to refer newer members to you for answers to challenging genealogy research, and for inspiring us SGGS researchers to continue showing up to help others.
Some days we made good tag teams: after you told newer researchers “You have to know where your ancestors came from, the specific town in Germany, before you can find their records”, some then came directly to the library table to ask “how do I find the town my ancestors came from?” I asked them questions about potential local sources they could have access to and got them started on their at first, seemingly daunting path. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all. Don Reh
I was saddened to learn of Shirley's death. I saw notice of her well deserved retirement, and was shocked to see today in the messages that she had passed. I first learned of the SGGS about 20 years ago and promptly joined. Living in Mississippi there was no way I could ever attend a meeting, but Der Blumenbaum, with Shirley as editor, i
was a wonderful resource to help me learn more about life in Germany and the customs of the German immigrants in America. I have saved all the issues since I joined and read through them still.
Nan Harvey, Jackson, Mississippi.