Author Archives: Ann M. Richardson

Drop a card to Uncle Don

We learned this week that Uncle Don Knapp is having some health challenges and won’t be able to visit this month as he and wife Virginia had planned. Virginia shared in an email that Don is in a lot of … Continue reading

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Tragedy strikes the Wise family

The photo above shows the Joseph E. Wise family in a photo taken sometime after 1895. How do we know the date? Tim De Frange was kind enough to share both the photo and the tragic story behind it on … Continue reading

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Genealogy e-newsletters worth a look

Recently a reader asked me to provide some tips about how people new to genealogy can learn more about how to uncover their own amazing true stories of their family’s history. One way is to subscribe to several genealogy-focused electronic … Continue reading

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Barbara Louise Kline (1932-2018)

We lost a member of the Kline family this week. Barbara Louise Kline died Thursday, May 10, at her home in Rootstown. Barbara was born 8 Oct 1932 in Ravenna and was one of 13 children of Joseph Kline and … Continue reading

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Close Call in Fallbrook

John R. Knapp, son of John P. and Sophie Knapp, narrowly escaped a fast moving wildfire raging through the San Diego area. Yesterday morning he was forced to evacuate his home in Fallbrook, Calif., after a sheriff’s deputy knocked on … Continue reading

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Calling all Knapp clan members – It’s family reunion time again!

It’s family reunion time again! Don’t forget to check the Reunion page for an update from Uncle Gary. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

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War Tales Mileski-Style

My husband Mark came home from a visit with his family and began telling me about a story written about his uncle, Mack Mileski, and his experiences during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. I was surprised to learn that Uncle … Continue reading

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We want you!

We want you – at the 2017 Knapp Family Reunion! Calling all members of the Knapp clan! Check out the Reunion News tab for the Save the Date announcement from Uncle Gary Knapp! Watch the Reunion News tab for the date … Continue reading

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From Heppenheim to Hawaii – the life of Marianne Cope

Last week I heard from a Knapp cousin who recently discovered Knapp Notes while doing family history research. Barb Brown had an intriguing story to share with us. It’s an amazing story of how a young girl from Heppenheim sailed from Germany … Continue reading

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Trares brothers die within hours of each other

While researching the background of Henry Trares in my previous post, I learned of an odd coincidence concerning the deaths of two of Henry’s sons, Florian and Roman Trares. Roman J. Trares was born 30 March 1893 in Edwardsville, Madison, … Continue reading

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