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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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Family Tree Update 5

The Family Tree section of the website has been updated. There are changes to the early Birki/Bircky/Burki ancestry, coming about as a result of recent combined research of Bavarian documents by Herbert Holly, Hermann Hage and Joseph Staker. The most significant changes occur in the ancestries of the Burkey families that settled in Putnam County, […]

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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 ( (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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Schrock Immigrant Day and Family Reunion

ANNOUNCING . . . Schrock Immigrant Day and a reunion of the descendants of the children of Joseph Schrag and Maria Neyhouser– Johannes, Pierre, Andreas, Magdalena (Smith), Barbara (Belsly) June 18-20, 2010 Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center Metamora, Illinois June 18 – Friday evening Picnic Social for Schrock Descendants Get acquainted, “climb” the Family Tree, family […]

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