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How many of you are intrigued by your family history?
Several years ago I became hooked on genealogy. When I was out of work I kept sane by researching my family history. Since then I have built a tree of some 5,000 family members as far back as 1679 in Germany, 1588 in England and 1599 in Mexico.
One thing I learned that is common to my ancestors was that they were willing to take amazing risks. They always lived on borders. They colonized, emigrated and homesteaded, in Plymouth Colony, New Spain, the Dakota Territory.
My great grandfather Ludwig Josef Stoltz, for example, as a teenager left his family behind in the Dakota Territory around 1890 and went as far away as the railroad would take him. At that time the last stop was El Paso. He settled there and learned Spanish to speak with his new wife Apolonia, although for decades he slipped into German every now and then when he was frustrated.