John and Laura Blumenstiel with Grandchildren

Laura Schermack Blumenstiel and John William Blumenstiel (seated), with their Jarrell/Holmes grandchildren. Left to right: Mary Ann Jarrell Falkner. Dolores Jarrell Roy, Ronald Holmes, John Walter “Jack” Holmes, and John William Jarrell (1950). #falknerjarrell #blumenstielgenealogy #blumenstiel #jarrellgenealogy #jarrell #holmesgenealogy #holmes #familyhistory #genealogy #familyphotos #ancestry #history #knowyouroots #family #vintagephotography #oldphotos #oldphoto #ancestor #antiquephoto #genealogyresearch #familytree #familyhistorian... Continue Reading →

Adolph Willi Blumenstiel – U.S. Naturalization

Naturalization papers of Adolph Willi Blumenstiel (1890). He was my 2x great-grandfather, the father of my great-grandfather, John William Blumenstiel. #falknerjarrell #blumenstielgenealogy #blumenstiel #freeportillinois #illinois #illinoishistory #familyhistory #genealogy #familyphotos #ancestry #history #knowyouroots #antiquephotograph #family #vintagephotography #oldphotos #oldphoto #ancestor #antiquephoto #genealogyresearch #familytree #familyhistorian #findyourroots #traceyourroots #familyarchives #greatgreatgrandfather #greatgreatgrandparents #naturalization #naturalizationpapers #uscitizenship

William Blumenstiel

William Blumenstiel (left), my great-great uncle and unidentified man (about 1900). The unidentified man appears in at least one other photo, but they are glued into a photo album, so I don’t know if he is a relative or friend. #falknerjarrell #blumenstielgenealogy #blumenstiel #freeportillinois #illinois #illinoishistory #familyhistory #genealogy #familyphotos #ancestry #history #knowyouroots #antiquephotograph #family #vintagephotography... Continue Reading →

John William Falkner

John William Falkner, my great-great grandfather, at the gates to his home, Oak Lodge, on Beddington Lane, Croydon, UK in the 19th Century. Unfortunately, the home is gone and the land appears to be part of an industrial estate. John founded J.W. Falkner and Sons, Builders, in the mid-19th Century, expanding the business started by... Continue Reading →

The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII and the Duke of Windsor) visited Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada in 1919. My grandmother, Agnes Carney Falkner, was in Port Arthur at the time and I wonder if she was caught up in the excitement of the royal visit (given that they were Irish, perhaps not?). Her mother,... Continue Reading →

Gottlieb and Philippine Schauer

Gottlieb and Philippine Schauer (my 3x great-grandparents), late 19th Century, colorized by My Heritage. The family immigrated from Nürtingen, Baden-Württemberg (present day Germany) to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in 1848. They moved to Reading, Pennsylvania, USA, where several children were born, including Amelia Schauer Schermack (b. 1853), my great-great grandmother. The family eventually settled near... Continue Reading →

Jarrell Brothers

Jarrell Brothers. Earl Jarrell of Florida, USA visited his brothers Vernon and Rolly Jarrell in Michigan (early 1970s). Left to right: Earl (Rastus Oakley) Jarrell, Rolly R. “Tiki” Jarrell, and Vernon Jarrell (my maternal grandfather). There was a fourth brother, Marvin “Mick”, but he passed away in 1952. Unfortunately, this is a Polaroid photo and... Continue Reading →

John William Blumenstiel -Confirmation

Confirmation certificate of John William (Johann Wilhelm) Blumenstiel, my great grandfather. He was confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuels Church of Freeport, Illinois, USA in 1898 an the document is in German. #falknerjarrell #blumenstielgenealogy #blumenstiel #freeportillinois #illinois #illinoishistory #familyhistory #genealogy #familyphotos #ancestry #history #knowyouroots #antiquephotograph #family #vintagephotography #oldphotos #oldphoto #ancestor #antiquephoto #genealogyresearch #familytree #familyhistorian #findyourroots... Continue Reading →

Streatham Hill, London, UK

Postcard of Streatham Hill, London, UK. My great-great grandparents, John William (J.W.) and Emma Beach Falkner, lived at their home “Clovelly”, 12 Buckleigh Rd, Streatham Common, UK in their final years. He founded J.W. Falkner and Sons, builders in 19th and 20th Century London. They were the parents of my great-grandfather, George Ernest Falkner, Sr.... Continue Reading →

Oak Street Evangelical Church

Oak Street Evangelical Church in Freeport, Illinois, USA. According to his obituary, my 3x great-grandfather, Gottlieb Schauer, attended this church after he migrated to Illinois in about 1870. He came from Nürtingen, Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1848 and stayed for 5 years. He then lived in Reading, Pennsylvania for 15... Continue Reading →

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