ELSPLHOne purpose of this trip was to meet my Van Hoesen cousin Emma Lou who lives in western Iowa just a few miles off I-29.  I've told how I first got in contact with Emma Lou and how she helped me HERE. It was such a pleasure to finally meet her. She is an incredibly bright woman and would be considered such at any age. It's inspiring to see someone of her age use her brain the way she does.

Emma Lou let me comb through her genealogical files and took me over to the historical society museum where a scrapbook kept by one of her ancestors is kept.  This ancestor was a collateral line for me, but  one never knows what will be found by following the collaterals.