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Every Baptismal Certificate, date, or photo is a huge find for Sue Voss.

Sue is on a treasure hunt, researching the route her German ancestors  took when they immigrated to the United States about one hundred sixty years ago.

Sue is involved in genealogy, and some of her ancestors arrived in Iowa after leaving Schleswig-Holstein,  Germany between 1850 and 1890.

She has discovered that some of her relatives were stowaways and did not speak a word of English when they arrived in the United States.

Voss has letters she has gathered while tracing her family tree.

Searching on line has also put her in touch with key people in Germany to get access to additional family information.

Sue says she knows herself much better now.

Voss lives in New Liberty, and says many of her ancestors were farmers, homemakers, and almost all had milk cows. She also has ancestral charts and other items. Voss is the Program Director for the American Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society.

That group started in 1989 to preserve the heritage of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.    

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