Barry's Relatively Speaking: The Family Tree Liveth

Posted on Oct 09, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on Louise shares the following experience.

Because my father's maternal line was so difficult, and getting nowhere, I about gave it up.

Then I decided to give it one more try. While in a Saginaw, Michigan motel, I idly leafed through a phone book that I thought I had combed thoroughly several years before. In a suburban section the family surname "STECK" almost jumped out at me.

We contacted these people and I gained new cousins. The Stecks pointed me to another relative who they knew was a connection, but they were unsure of how.

We looked up this 80-year-old cousin, John VOLZ. It seems that his mother and my great grand-motherwere sisters!

Then I asked the biggie - "Where in Germany did they come from?"

Not only could he answer that but he had also visited it in 1966. He had this tidbit to offer:

While visiting Auendorf, relatives there, living on the family homestead, took him to see an evergreen tree, standing at the crest of the hill overlooking the town. It had been the

community Christmas tree, forthe first time in 1965.

The tree was planted by his mother Barbara Steck while they still lived in Germany. Her sister, my great grandmother Anna Marie, had also planted one but it died.

The evergreen may no longer be, but my grandmother's "tree" lives on in me! I will nurture it well. Her line will live because eventually it will be "planted" in libraries in Germany and America in the form of a family history book.

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