About Me

My name is Susan Fassbender, and I began my journey into the historical past of Outagamie County in 1998 as I put together a Christmas present for my father-in-law. With his encouragement and questions, I began to research his grandfather, Peter Joseph Hubert Fassbender. A librarian at heart, having started working as a Children’s Library Page at the age of 15, I started not with looking for dates, but scanning the stacks in the Appleton Public Library’s Local History section. I quickly hit pay dirt (beginner’s luck I assure you) in locating autobiographical material in The History of Outagamie County  [page 766. For some reason he was not indexed in this database] and also in The Commemorative Biographical Record of the Fox River ValleySo I was off and running putting together the wonderful story of emigration and cheese making. I am now in the third revision of my book which I have entitled A Snapshot: Peter Joseph Hubert Fassbender, His Ancestors and Descendants. My passion for this family has not diminished over these many years.

I also started a blog in memory of my mother and father-in-law. They had a profound impact on their four sons and nine grandchildren. So to honor and preserve their memory I created “The Aroma of Bread.” I have since worked to archive this blog here, with the intention of deleting the original blog located on the Blogger platform. You will find the posts here, they are tagged “Aroma of Bread.” 

Families in my database:

Blood, Campbell, Cook, DuCate, Fassbender, Francisco, Goerling, Gray, Normann, Ruffing, Schultz, Sternitzky, Tapper

Speaking Engagements:

I will be speaking at the Wisconsin Genealogical Society Gene-A-Rama, to be held in Oshkosh, April 13-14, 2018. Here is the link:  Rediscovering Your Love of Genealogy: Moving from Overwhelmed to Organized. Tony Burroughs, FUGA is the featured speaker. I will be presenting my talk: “Every House Has a History: The Genealogy of Your House.



Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin Genealogical Society

Bay Area Genealogical Society, Inc. (B.A.G.S.) Green Bay, Wisconsin

Family Roots – Wisconsin. Meets in the Menasha Public Library

apgmemberlogocolorsmallI am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.