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Cousins Heimat Journey – and Why Our Cousins Matter

The Importance of Cousins The 2010 Schrock Reunion at the Heritage Center in Metamora, Illinois, brought cousins together from Florida, Virginia, Nebraska, the West Coast, and even France–but the majority had never met before, and they met cousins they didn’t know they had.[1] In a Chicago Tribune article in December 2015, Richard Asa’s piece titled […]

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Mary’s Friendship Quilt: Constructed, Used, Lost, and Recovered

How great-grandchildren recovered a part of their collective history By Donna Schrock Birkey, with Mary Cender Miller That day, June 20, I spent the afternoon with four of my Schrock 2nd cousins. We pulled out scrapbooks, photo books, vintage items and all manner of fun family mementos. All of us were great-granddaughters of John (1862-1951) […]

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Searching for a Cure–the Untimely Death and Exemplary Life of Albert E. Schrock

by Donna Schrock Birkey Albert Elmer Schrock   (1886-1917) Timeline of Albert’s life: 1891 Albert’s family moved to Champaign County from Tazewell County when he was five years old. 1898 Joseph Yordy family moved to Fisher when Josephine was five years old. 1907 Josephine became Albert’s wife. They were both 21 years of age. The couple […]

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Two Schrock Women – 108 and Counting

Two Schrock Women–108 and Counting by Donna Schrock Birkey Originally published in the Summer 2012 issue (Vol. XXXIX  •  No. 2) Illinois Mennonite Heritage Quarterly (http://www.imhgs.org) (Used with permission of original publisher)   Two Schrock women, Estelle Elizabeth Schrock Lewis and Lydia Mae Schrock, both turned 108 in 2012. Third cousins, but they have never […]

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Barbara Schrock Belsly: The Forgotten Wife and Mother

Barbara Schrock Belsly: The Forgotten Wife and Mother by Donna Schrock Birkey Originally published in the Winter 2011 (Vol. XXXVIII  •  No. 4) Illinois Mennonite Heritage Quarterly (http://www.imhgs.org) (Used with permission of original publisher) The Belsly family has known very little about Barbara Schrock as Joseph Belsly’s first wife; in fact, Barbara is the least […]

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The Tale of Two Andrews

The Story of Andrew Schrock (1804-1855) and his son, Andrew (1842-1925) by Donna Schrock Birkey Originally published in the Summer 2011 (Vol. XXXVIII  •  No. 2) Illinois Mennonite Heritage Quarterly (http://www.imhgs.org) (Used with permission of original publisher) This article, fourth in a series on descendants of Joseph and Maria Neuhauser Schrag (Schrack), highlights new information […]

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Schrock Immigrant Day – Mennonite Family History, July 2011, by Donna Birkey

  Celebrating Our Heritage The following article was published by Masthof Press in the July 2011 issue of  Mennonite Family History, and is presented here with their permission.  (http://www.masthof.com/mfh/mfh.html) INTRODUCTION Several years ago, then President of Illinois Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society (IMHGS), Carolyn Nafziger, asked if I would consider presenting the Schrock family at one […]

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Schrock Reunion – Magdalena Schrock Smith (1811-1855)

Madeleine Schrack (Schrag) Magdalena Schrock Smith (1811 – 1855) and her descendants This material was used in the Magdalena Schrock Smith presentation at the Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center’s “Schrock Immigrant Day” on June 19, 2010. Compiled and written by Don B. Smith for the presentation given by John J. Smith, both direct descendants of Magdalena […]

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