Cook/Garza/Harms Genealogy Site

Our Family's Journey Through Time

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Approximately 25 years ago I started the hobby of Genealogy. Since then I have accumulated an assortment of official documents, church records and photographs. This website displays the data collection along with the supporting evidence.

My maternal side concentrates on the surnames HARMS, EGGERT, ROSEN and GÜHLSDORF. On the paternal side the emphasis is on the surnames GAUL (my birthfather), COOK (my stepfather), LEAKE and GROßKLAUS. The Harms and Gühlsdorf families are concentrated in the area around Wismar, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany and my mother and I were first generation immigrants from Germany. Many thanks to John Cook (researching the Cook family) and Carol Ann Gordon (researching the Leake side) for allowing me to add their data to this site. Thanks also go out to my cousin, Antje Harms for her contributions to the Harms and Schöne branches of our family tree.

Lydia's ancestors are concentrated in the small towns surrounding Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. On her paternal side my emphasis was on the surnames GARZA, MORALES and TREVINO, while on the maternal side we researched the surnames GARZA, GONZALEZ and RAMOS. Lydia and her parents immigrated from Mexico in 1946.

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The Bones of My Bones

main imageThe bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before. "It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943.

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