Publishing My Family History

Generations Book Cover

For the past several years, I've been working on a family history book of my maternal grandparents, Stanley "Spud" Davis and Marian Bohnsack.  After my grandma died late last year, completing the book became a priority.  I knew it was something she'd appreciate and completing it is my way of honoring her and my grandfather's legacy. I'm self-publishing through Blurb.com and I used their software, BookSmart.  Read my review of BookSmart at my other blog.  I ordered a proof and should receive it in a couple of weeks.  I've already decided to tweak a couple of … [Read more...]

Discovering William Deininger Sr’s unknown daughter

Lena Limper identified as William Sr's daughter, from Last Will and Testament of William Deininger, 06 Oct 1891

Well, I was researching my family history and I discovered an unknown daughter of my 3rd great-grandfather, William Deininger Sr.  He was my maternal grandmother's great-grandfather.   I was searching for Deininger information on FamilySearch.org - trying to figure out if there were any other Deiningers in the Jo Daviess county, Illinois, area between 1850-1900.  Thought it would be a dead-end.  I was wrong. I certainly was not expecting to find a daughter.  It started with a name - Magdalena "Lena" Deininger.   I found her marriage record, her death record naming a … [Read more...]

Biography: John Deininger

Headstone: John, Mary & Rosie Deininger

John Deininger was the brother of my great-great grandfather, William Deininger Jr. His biography appeared in Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois (1889, page 626-627. ----------------------------------------- JOHN DEININGER. A snug farm of seventy acres lying on section 28 in East Galena Township comprises the well-regulated homestead of the subject of this sketch. Upon it there are good improvements, comprising a neat and substantial residence, fruit and shade trees, a barn and various other outhouses required for the … [Read more...]

Updated Descendant Reports

Headstone: Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman

I updated reports for the descendants of Andreas "Anton" and Eva Barbara (Schick) DEININGER , Nicholas and Mary (Casper) BAUSMAN, Philip and  Julia (Stoft) BAUSMAN, Johann J.H. and Henrietta (Koch) BOHNSACK, Levi and Mary (Smith) LIGHTCAP, Frank and Fannie (Hainey) STRELESKY, and Johann Jacob Dietrich and Catherine Maria Magdalena (Bohnhoff) WULFF. These reports are based on my research.  Accuracy is important to me; if you see an error, please let me know. … [Read more...]

Herbert Deininger Dies of Bullet Wound

Headstone: Herbert Deininger

Herbert Deininger was the oldest son of William and Louisa (Muegge) Deininger, and brother to my great-grandmother Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack.  In November 1911, he was accidentally shot by his three-year-old brother Willis and later died of his injury.  Herbert is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois. His death announcement provides details on the gun accident, appearing in the Galena Daily Gazette on November 14, 1911. Transcription of Death Notice: Boy Dies of Bullet Wound Herbert Deininger Who Was Shot by Little Brother, Dead Herbert … [Read more...]

Willis Deininger Letter

Willis Deininger Letter

In 1977, Willis J. Deininger wrote to his niece and my grandmother, Marian (Bohnsack) Davis, about their family.  It's funny, because I worked a long time to figure out Willis' mom's siblings.  After I invested a lot of time and effort into the research, I found this note in one of my mom's binders.  It would have been much more helpful to have found this before I spent all that time. Willis' note states "This is all I can find in her [Louisa (Muegge) Deininger's] old bible, there is nothing about her parents or dads parents names. Sorry I can't help you more. … [Read more...]

Death Announcement: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Notice: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Announcement for Rosina (Heffner) Deininger, which was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on December 30, 1918. She was my ggg-grandmother. Rosina married William Deininger Sr in 1853 in Pennsylvania. They had five children: Barbara, John, Mary, William Jr, and Amelia. (William Jr is my gg-grandfather.) Transcription of obituary: Death Calls Aged Woman Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger Dies at Home in East Galena Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger died this morning, Dec. 30th, at her home in East Galena after an illness due to advanced years. Mrs. Deiniger was born … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Below is an obituary for Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra, daughter of John and Rosa (Berger) Deininger.  Edward Deininger was her half-brother. The obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 15 May 1964, page 6. Transcript of obituary: Mrs. Carrie Stienstra GALENA - Mrs. Cornelius (Carrie) Steinstra died Thursday afternoon in the hospital here. She was born Nov. 26, 1879, in East Galena Township, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Deininger. She was married March 29, 1910, to Cornelius Stienstra. Her husband died in 1946. Survivors … [Read more...]

Obituary: Edgar Deininger

Headstone: Edgar Deininger Family

This is the obituary for Edgar Deininger, son of John and Mary (Nadig) Deininger. Originally published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 27 Feb 1959, page 6.  Edgar is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois, with his wife and son. Transcription of obituary: Edgar Deininger GALENA - A  lifelong resident of East Galena, Edgar A. Deininger died Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a Hazel Green hospital. He was the son of John and Mary Deininger and was born in East Galena June 28, 1886, on the farm where he lived his entire life. Surviving are his … [Read more...]

William Deininger Sr Biography

Headstone Closeup: Willliam Deininger Sr

When I was visiting my grandmother in Galena, Illinois, one of the places we went was Greenwood Cemetery.  We always visit her parents and grandparents  in their eternal resting place.  Grandma had mentioned several years ago that there were Deiningers buried in the older section of  Greenwood, but she couldn't remember where. Well, after visiting the cemetery with my grandma and parents, I decided to return with my camera and see if I could stumble upon any lost family members, specifically William Deininger Sr.  Of course, you might be thinking, why not try to … [Read more...]

Obituary: Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack

Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack

My mom recently lent me some binders filled with genealogical information.  In them, I  was excited to find my great-grandmother's obituary.  She was the wife of Leo Bohnsack and my mom's grandmother. Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack died before I was born, but my mom has always spoken very warmly of her.  Mom said Minnie was the sweetest lady, made the best bread, and spoke with a heavy German accent.  I find the fact that Minnie had an accent interesting since she was born in Galena, Illinois.  Her parents were German, and Mom remembers that as a child everyone spoke … [Read more...]

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