The next visit in Wisconsin was with my cousin Sue Ramminger. She and her husband live across the state in Fond du Lac County. Their father Eugene was my mother’s big brother. When we were kids our family was in Chicago; Sue’s family lived in Milwaukee. Our families would connect for family events; or see each other during the holidays at our mutual grandmother’s house. Over the years, her parents’ divorced, our family moved to California, and then we lost touch.
|Me and Sue|
Since my mother still wrote the holiday cards and letters, Sue’s address was in mom’s address book when she passed away. I contacted Sue and her sister Sandra; we been sending holiday cards ever since.
Before leaving home, I contacted Sue and let her know my husband and I were coming to Wisconsin at the end of July. She was very excited; we made plans when we would meet up. We hadn’t seen each other in about 55 years.
We had a wonderful visit and got caught up with our families. Sue didn’t know much about her father’s side of the family so she readily welcomed any information I shared. While preparing for this trip, I started scanning family documents I had collected through the years; birth, marriage, death records, obituaries’, funeral cards, etc. I also scanned family photos my mom had. Any photo that included Sue’s father, I kept the scanned copy and gave her the original.
Sue helped fill in names and dates I had missing in her branch of the family tree. I shared the Ramminger information Pauline had given me. She was so amazed. I had put together a shareable CD from my Roots Magic genealogy program to give to her and her sister. Her sister Sandra was on vacation the week we were visiting so I missed seeing her.
Other questions came up between us; she is going to check with her sister and mother and send the information to me. I’ll update my genealogy program and send them another shareable CD. This way I’ll always have a safe copy of the information outside my home.
Great visit, so glad we reconnected after all these years.
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