South Bend, Indiana, Schmachtenberger Records

October 2001 Met some new Schmachtenberger cousins online. One of them, Pat Schmachtenberger Kiel, emailed me some great information that she had about the earliest Schmachtenbergers–Adolph’s father, Adam, and Adam’s father who was born on a ship sailing to America in 1745. There’s an article that says once the child was born on the ship, … Read more

Kissin’ Cousins

June 2001 A surprise kinship has been discovered. In May, my husband Rick took me to his grandparents’ gravesite. William Palmer and Iris Luella Bradley Palmer died in the 1940’s. Once I had her birth and death dates, I found Iris Bradley’s heritage at There was enough information to trace her lineage back to the … Read more