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 Valley. So 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.”
You will also find tucked into this website my research on my Cook line, specifically looking at Samuel Andrew Cook. It seems that everyone has a Cook favorite, and S.A. was my father’s. So in his honor, I am continuing and expanding on his research.
Families in my database:
Blood, Campbell, Cook, DuCate, Fassbender, Francisco, Goerling, Gray, Nettekovon, Normann, Ruffing, Schultz, Sternitzky, Tapper
I enjoy teaching about subjects that I am passionate about, and so can occasionally be found at speaking at conferences, and meetings. Here are some recent topics I have spoken about:
April 2018 – Wisconsin Genealogical Society Gene-A-Rama, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, April 13-14, 2018. Featured speaker: Tony Burroughs, FUGA. I presented: “Every House Has a History: The Genealogy of Your House.
3 November 2018 – Appleton Public Library: Using Maps in Genealogy
Bay Area Genealogical Society, Inc. (B.A.G.S.) Green Bay, Wisconsin
Family Roots – Wisconsin. Meets in the Menasha Public Library