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About The Danenberger Family
 The year was 1891. A young boy travelled to Ashland with his family in a mule-drawn  wagon. The boy, the youngest of the ten children, was five years old. His name was  Samuel David Danenberger. Only a few years after the move to Ashland, Sam's mother  died. The older children began setting off on their own. Their father was getting  old. Young Sam, never afraid of hard work, quit school after the seventh grade to  help support his family. He worked at whatever jobs he could find, including one at a  local meat market. Years later, after a trip to California where he worked briefly, Sam returned  to Ashland and eventually purchased the business where he had worked and named it "Danenberger's  Meat Market and Bakery".
 While all this was taking place in Ashland, a young girl was growing up a few miles  to the east in Pleasant Plains. While Sam's family was what we would today  call "working poor", this young girl was the youngest daughter of a fairly well-off  family. Her name was Phoebe Zelma Dunkel. Despite her comfortable lifestyle, Zel was  a hard worker. She made a career for herself as a talented seamstress and worked for  the local dry goods store (a "chain" having stores in both Pleasant Plains and  Ashland).
 Legend has it (or at least the legend according to SDD) that one day the young  woman's widowed mother said to her, "Zel, it's time you were married and Sam  Danenberger would make a damn fine husband." Is that really what happened? Who  knows...and as Sam (in his later years) would say when any one questioned whether  some story he was telling was true..."who's around to say that ain't the way it was?" Regardless of the how or the why, Samuel David Danenberger and Phoebe Zelma Dunkel  were married on February 16, 1910. They set up housekeeping in Ashland and were  blessed with children. One son died at the age of six months and a daughter died only  hours after birth. Ten children (6 boys and 4 girls) grew to adulthood and as Sam  often said "every one was a good one."
 Those children had children...and those children had children...and so on...and so  on...which leads us to you and me!
 On the pages of this website, you will find not only the descendants of Sam and  Phoebe Danenberger, but their ancestors and the families who have joined theirs by  marriage. This is an ongoing project (and always will be) as our family joyfully adds  and sadly loses members and as I discover more about those relatives who came before  us (and their descendants).
 As you read through this site, if you see missing or incorrect information, please  let me know so I can get it updated. If you have memories or stories about anyone in  the family, please share those as well. This website is a genealogical record, but is  also designed to keep alive the memory of those who have come before us. (Someday,  someone will wonder about us...what will your grandchildren and nieces and nephews  remember about you?)
 I'm in the process of scanning all of the reunion pictures (Thanks, Sue!) and all of  the as yet unidentified pictures from Grandma D's album. It's a slow going process,  but keep watching for them. If you recognize anyone in the unidentified pictures,  please let me know so we can link them to the right person.
 Lastly, pass the word about this website to your family members. I've enjoyed hearing  from all of you and look forward to hearing from more!

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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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