Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My insurance company, American Modern Insurance Group of Cincinnati, Ohio, is cancelling my home insurance because they want the front of my house repainted because it has some pealing paint on the cedar shingles. I called them up and said: "Do you really expect me to paint the outside of my house in sub-freezing weather. The paint will freeze before it dries." Their answer: "Yes, you must address the deficiency listed in the letter we sent you." I am not sure what risk peeling paint will bring to a house that just survived two hurricanes in two years. Time to find a new insurance company.

Monday, February 11, 2013

New DNA based family news. My cousin Kevin Borland and I both did a DNA test through and we came up as matches as expected. Except, I have a match with another known cousin, Todd Wickman, from the Norway side of the family. Kevin came up as 0% Scandinavian. So, it seems that we have solved an old family mystery. We know that my grandfather, Arthur Oscar Freudenberg (1891-1968) abandoned the family in 1928, the year that Helen Eloise Freudenberg (1928-1989)  was born. So now it seems that my grandmother raised one of Arthur's children from one of his mistresses. That baby was Helen Eloise Freudenberg. The next step is to order her birth certificate and see who is listed as the mother. 

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Emil August Schneider (1886-1955) with Inga Karoline Eldora Pedersen (1882-1927) circa 1913-1914

Emil August Schneider (1886-1955) with Inga Karoline Eldora Pedersen (1882-1927) and Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) and Alice Violetta Schneider (1913-2002) circa 1913-1914. Image from