Kendra Schmidt

My interest in genealogy arose as I listened to the many memories and stories my mother and grandmother told me about their lives and our family history.  Unfortunately, I did not start my research until it was too late to ask my grandmother a thousand questions I had about our ancestors.

In 2009 I moved to Washington, D.C., and had the good fortune to meet a relative who had the Civil War diary from an ancestor that she shared with me. Helen Kiesselbach Greene also shared her research and enthusiasm. The easy access to the National Archives, Revolutionary War and Civil War Pension files, and the DAR library, prompted me to pursue genealogy. In 2013 we moved overseas for the fourth time. Although my ability for onsite research in the U.S. was limited, a friend introduced me to the world of blogging about family history. It enriched my research and prompted me to include cultural context in my family stories. I have connected with distant relatives through my blogs and shared information, photographs, and stories.

This research is ongoing, and new discoveries compel me to continue and expand the family tree. I welcome connections and further information about these ancestors as I travel this road. I am happy to share what I have learned, but please credit me and link to my website if you re-post or republish this information.  Please feel free to contact me at schmidtkendra5@gmail.com.

4 Responses to About

  1. Amy says:

    I am glad you found and followed me because I hadn’t seen your blog before. Now I look forward to learning more about your research and from you. Thanks!


  2. lisakunk says:

    I understand the feeling of loss when your relatives take their stories with them when they are gone. Oh the “what ifs” that remain. I just read some of the “will and possessions” list. That is fascinating. I am continually searching for answers and thrill at every new bit of information or new living contact I find. I look forward to reading more.


    • treeklimber says:

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. Like you I thrill at each new piece of information and new contacts. The search and discovery is part of the thrill and makes it that much more exciting when you find something new, especially when you can share it with others. I enjoy reading other blogs because they offer new insights and inspiration.

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