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One thing I have always loved to do is sit around and listen to stories of my grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles about their lives when they were kids and the family that went on before us that I was never able to met. My great-grandma (aka Nana) would tell stories, but when I’d ask for details she wasn’t one for sharing -or maybe she didn’t know. But as I get older and some of my family has passed away I find myself wondering more about where I came from – and I was never really sure where to start.
When I was given the opportunity to review Ancestry.com I was so excited to see where my family came from.
*My Grandpa Roger Rouse on his Uncle Bill’s shoulders
I decided to go back to find my origins and see how and when we came to America. I decided to start with my Dad’s side of the family and see where my maiden name ‘Rouse’ came from. I was surprised how easily I was able to find generations of grandparents, aunts & uncles and in about an hour I traced back our family as far back as 1670 where a great x9 Grandpa was born in Zweibrücken, Zweibrucken, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany!! I also found out that our name was originally Rausch – not Rouse! When my family came over from Germany into Virginia they changed the spelling of our last name. How amazing is that to find out?!
I plan to find out more about what they did for a living – see if I can find more photos, and also look into my Mom’s side of the family. My kids were so excited to find out where we came from and especially to know about the way our name was changed.
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