100 Years

Today would have been my grandfather Ken Koehneke’s 100th birthday. He was born February 9th, 1921, to Otto A. Koehneke and Melitta F. Bronn in Chicago, Illinois. Ken’s older sister,…

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Research Questions

There are so many different research opportunities within a family tree. I've found that it can be a bit overwhelming at times trying to figure out what lead to chase…


Veterans Day

I didn't know much about my family's history with the military before I joined the Marine Corps. In fact, I didn't know much at all until long after I left…



I have a few other posts nearly completed -- exciting, scandalous, sad events. In light of recent events, though, I figured it may be nice to see something happy. That…

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Suspicious Disappearance, part 1

My great-grandfather Otto Koehneke was the oldest of 5 boys to parents William/Wilhelm Koehneke and Mary Gerling. Otto and his brothers grew up in Chicago, Illinois. They were all born…

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