Magdalena, A Colonial Girl’s Epic Journey
By Cara Dunkelberger

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“I’m cold and hungry. Our trees are dead. Animals and birds froze to death.” That was part of a 1709 entry in young Magdalena’s diary. From her loft bed, she overheard her father below. “Dearest Susannah, we have to go. We’ll starve here! We have to sell our land and sell the only cow and horse we still have.” Mami was crying softly. Dawdi continued, “Our plows, tools, and spinning wheel will fetch some money, too. Then we can pay the prince’s departure tax and get a boat to Rotterdam.” The historically cold winter had devastated not only their small farm near the Rhine River but a large area of Europe as well. Magdalena’s peasant family embarked with many others on a decades-long trek to England, the Hudson River Valley, the Mohawk River Valley, the Susquehanna River, and Pennsylvania. They interacted with people of other cultures, including Mohawks. At times, Magdalena’s sorrows and hardships seemed insurmountable, but she never lost hope of someday having her own family and farm. Did she realize her dream? Magdalena is based on factual evidence in the lives of Germanic immigrants who left their farms in 1709. Magdalena’s friend Conrad Weiser was a historic figure who became a famous Indian interpreter, having lived a year with a Mohawk family.

“A Great Awakening”
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Batdorf Meeting Room
Speaker: Jack Hamlett

Jack Hamlett will present a talk on George Whitefield and the Great Awakening Revival of 1730-1750 at the August 14, 2017, membership meeting of the Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society in Womelsdorf. Hamlett discusses the impact of the Great Awakening on colonial America including the Founding Fathers. Whitefield is one of the best known of these preachers. Hamlett portrays him in colonial garb and uses various reproductions of colonial items in his talk.

A Great Awakening Poster

“National Yoder Reunion”
300 Years of Anabapist Yoders in America (1717-2017)
Sept. 20-23, 2017, Shipshewana, IN.

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“You Are Invited To Attend The Pennsylvania German Zammelaaf”
Saturday, March 25, 2017
To be held at Lebanon High School, 1000 South 8th St., Lebanon, PA

Free – Everyone is Welcome

“Little White Church, Mount Aetna, Berks Co. Needs Volunteers”
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Twice a year the church’s Preservation Association holds a church service on a Sunday afternoon to help raise funds, make people aware of the historic building, and to gather together as a community of friends for worship and refreshments. It is open to the public and free. Please review the attached press release.

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“Terror in the Tulpehocken”
Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Batdorf Meeting Room
Lecture by Lynn Otto

Historian Lynn Otto will discuss the period of time between 1755 through 1758 when the Tulpehocken Valley of Berks County was literally one of the most dangerous places to live and raise a family. Learn why this happened, and what stopped this bloody process.

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New Family Tree Maker Options
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, we are pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev
Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.

We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. You can find additional details about these Family Tree Maker partnerships on our blog. We also encourage you to continue to check back on our blog for future updates in the coming months.

The End of Family Tree Maker at
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Information from email I received

As we strive to provide our customers with the best experience possible, we are constantly evaluating our services and product offerings. True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide new content, product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the tough decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.
We will continue to support existing Family Tree Maker owners at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™ will continue to work. Our Member Services team will also remain available to assist with questions or issues you may have.

Regular Dinner Meeting
Monday November 9, 2015
A Night Out With Prof. Schnitzel

The editor of “The Tattler” came up with a unique idea for our dinner program this year. Instead of engaging a reputable speaker for the occasion, he will attempt something unusual, or un-orthodox in the way of entertainment. A sort of act like a Donald Trump intrusion on the political scene today. The editor being aware that many of our members are classified in the ancient bracket of life’s living cycle, whom certainly would appreciate something different, other than their every day dull routine by giving them a cheerful boost in their lives. He thought why not reminisce with one of our former local late top humorists and decided to give it a try.
Eight years ago, George M. Meiser IX, Berk’s County’s most illustrious historian mailed to this editor a complete list of Prof. Herman F. Schnitzel’s repertoire of story telling tales he transcribed onto one 7″ disc. This was a much appreciated gift to me. Little did the editor visualize at the time it would be a wonderful means to utilize it by sharing it with others. Now is the time. Schnitzel was the Pennsylvania-German Will Rogers of his day back in the 60’s, while Rogers performed his ‘spiel’ as a philosopher during the twenties. What the editor has contrived is to play this disc, or recording which will allow you to hear the actual voice of Prof. Schnitzel reciting the stories himself. There is no substitute who can out-do the original performer. Make certain to attend a real fun night of entertainment. Prof. Schnitzel was truly a humorous story teller.

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