Those listed below have played key roles in my own attempts to put together the story that I would have loved to know as a child (and with the hope that some of today's children will enjoy knowing a little more about their own personal history). Special thanks to them and to all of those who have contributed pieces of the story, but whose names do not appear below.
- Wolfgang Dreuse,
Osnabrück, Niedersachsen, Germany
Osnabrück, Niedersachsen, Germany, a Buschdiecker descendant and prolific
contributor who has been contributing valuable information of many sorts:
detailed historical information about Buer and the surrounding areas,
identification of individual family residences both current and from previous
centuries, and photographs of present and former times. He has also
provided insight into words from the local dialect that do not exist in the
popular dictionaries. It was he who met Friedrich Hensiek and passed on
the information that allowed us to make contact and add another branch to the
Melle, Niedersachsen, Germany, who presented a beautifully documented record
of a family branch that had been completely missing from our records. His
line is descended from Johann Adam Heinrich (or Heinrich Adam) Buschdiecker.
Catherine Bushdiecker, St Charles,
Missouri, one of the most prolific of all the contributors to this effort.
The piles of handwritten sheets that she mailed to me are indicative of the care
and effort that she has put into preserving and organizing the
history of the family. Her first letter said that she had seen the information in the web
page, and that I had gotten some of it wrong ... and she has gone on not only to set
things straight but also to fill in many of the voids in my account. I hope that her
example inspires many others to do the same!
Lila Harmeyer Palmiter, Lake Oswego,
OR, who has a genealogy database of over 100,000 records, many of them
included in our own data. Lila has provided a massive amount of
information, much of which is well-documented, and all of which is greatly
Pam Busdicker Dione, Minneapolis, MN, who documented the branch descended from Henry Busdicker.
Hentry was born in Germany around 1800, and Pam has provided information
connecting six generations of his descendants.
Barbara Bushdiecker, Morrison, Colorado, a persistent
researcher who enjoys chasing down obscure facts ... such as the years of my
great-grandmother Mary's birth and immigration (obtained by combing through census
records!). It was the puzzle of Mary's life and actions that got me started in the first
place. I simply find it impossible to express how important this contribution was to me
Mabel Busdieker, New Melle, Missouri, who travelled to Buer,
Melle, and "Auf dem Busdieck" in the summer of 1996 and brought back the records
of Johann Ernst Heinrich's family and the photo of the historic Bus'd'ker family farm,
over 200 years old. Through her connections with the historical society, Mabel has also
been of great help in finding answers to sticky questions.
Carlene St John, an impressive researcher who provided all
the information about Heinrich Ernst Buszdieker and his descendants. Carlene has provided
an incredible amount of information about research in general, and hints and clues about
the Buer and Melle area.
Kruse, Woodville, Ohio, who sent me nearly
a ream of photocopied notes and newspaper articles about the Ohio branch of the family,
and who organized a Busdiecker family reunion in August 1996. Also her brother Eugene and
his wife Mary Lou who were charming hosts during our visit to that reunion.
My father, the late Roy F. Busdiecker, Sr., who told me
how his father been on his own from the age of 11 years and had only dim
memories of his mother. It was that story that got me interested in trying
to find my own roots. I regret that my father did not live to see the
story that has developed from his inspiration.
In addition to all of these contributors, special thanks to my wife, Janice, who has taken over the enormous task of entering data in the database and makes it possible for the project to be where it is today. She is my treasure!