My Ancestry Results

I finally made the decision to have my DNA checked to follow where my Ancestors may have come from!

Getting ready to submit my DNA
Getting ready to submit my DNA

I have always been a bit curious…

But lately more so as I have been doing a lot on Ancestry and have quite a large tree so far… dating back to the 1850’s. It’s so interesting finding documents from those who have walked before us. I located census papers, marriage certificates, ship records, plus many more.

I was a bit surprised about my results…

I received my results several weeks ago! I was surprised that it didn’t take as long as stated!

I did expect a higher percentage to come from Russia and Ukraine area beings I found proof that some great great greats were born there.  This DNA test goes back way father than I have searched.

My Awesome Results
My Awesome Results
This wasn't surprising
This wasn’t surprising

I was expecting to see these results!  There are so many Hofer’s in Switzerland that I often get… ‘You are a Hofer? And from America?’ No wonder I love this area so much!!  Our German in the family is such a mix of all these places! I am extremely blessed that I have had the opportunity to live in this area where my ancestors once were.

Now this next one was a bit shocking!

Didn't expect this
Didn’t expect this

I really never thought this was a possibility!! My dad does love watching British soap operas!! Not sure why cause they really have a dry humor and my dad is pretty funny! Does any of that make much sense… maybe not to everyone…

I have also been told I have a little Italian in me!
I have also been told I have a little Italian in me!

If you have ever read about Jacob Hutter… Then you know he was in Italy and actually the Italians tarred and feathered him to keep the religion he was preaching out.  Jacob Hutter may not be related to me but if my ancestors were following him as they were trying to find a home stead… I believe!!  I do love pasta and Gelato!!

I never really though about Greece… But I do like feta cheese!! :}

Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe… Thought the percentage would be higher


Like previously mentioned…I think. I expected the Eastern European percentage to be higher.

I’ll add the last ones, they are quite low but still part of the percentages.



I just thought this would be interesting to share!  I have always loved History and now specifically mine!

If anyone is interested in viewing the Hofer/Tschetter, Wollman/Gross/Kleinsasser tree… Let me know and I can send you an invite. I tried to add a link but Ancestry doesn’t work that way.  I currently have  71 people, 0 photos, 0 stories and 52 historical records.

Also by submitting my DNA I now have 121 pages of possible relatives listed! With the potential of being related extremely high!


Our Family Tree Hofer/Tschetter

Our Family Tree   Hofer /Tschetter

I have no idea how to even begin this and so I thought by starting out with a bit of information on Great Grandparents. Now I don’t have much and I welcome anyone who reads this to share any information they have.

My Great Grandparents

Now I know my Great Grandparents were Jacob Hofer (1895-1950) and Sarah Stahl (1895-1983) I was lucky enough to have met my Great Grandma Stahl and have some memories of her.  They married in January 22,1916 and had 7 children.  One of which was my Grandpa David Hofer.  I actually found their marriage certificate. I also found information that Jacob’s mother was born in Russia, according to the 1935 South Dakota Census.  I am not 100% sure but the documents match their information I have on them.

Possible Marriage Certificate of my Great GrandParents
Possible Marriage Certificate of my Great GrandParents
My Grandparents

David Hofer (1921-2003) and Justina (Asnath) Tschetter (1920-2012)were married November 19, 1941. They were married in South Dakota but originally there nationality was Canadian as stated on the marriage certificate I located.  Together they raised 14 children. 10 girls and 4 boys!

Marriage Certificate of my Grandparents
Marriage Certificate of my Grandparents

Our Family Tree

Amos ~Dorothy

 Cynthia-  Justin,Carolyn,Tamara, Matthew,Marissa,Doreen  



 Justine- Amanda, Shane, Marlys, Cheryl

 Chris- Amber, Christopher, Sheldon, Caelan,Meagan,Zane

 Delores-Jeriah, Joanna, Jewel         19

The Next Generation

Christopher- Christian


David ~ Mathilda

 Debbie- Christoper, Jacob

 Diane- Justin, Kayla                          4

The Next Generation

Christopher- Carter

Justin- Giovanny, Andres, Eloise

Kayla- Gabriel


Jake ~ Marian

 Jake- Elizabeth, Shannon, Mariah, Sheliyah

 Leona- Michael,Esther, Rachel,




 Elaine- Makayla

 Jeff- Ryan,Madison,Emily                        13
RIP Uncle Jake

The Next Generation

Elizabeth, Leo




 Martin- Philip,Arianna,Nicholas

 Jeff- Rosaline,Eden,Tamara

 Curtis- Kendra,Kingston,Kaelyn,Khloe,Kassidy         11   

RIP Uncle Jonty




 Tammy- Our Little Angel… January 24, 1979- September 8, 1982


 Brenda- Liesl,Miles,Sonya,Wila

 Lynda- Molly,Zoe,Levi,Scarlett

 Tim- Karsten,Felicity,Davin                             11



 Jeremy- Jadon,Kyla,Theo

 David- Logan

 Joshua-                                              5


Dave~ Lydia









Brenda-Isaiah,Jacob,Maria,Manoah,Breanna,Sophia, Ayden

Robert-Jonita,Marleah,Jeffery,Micah,Tirzah,Kari,Megan     34

The Next Generation

Aimee  Logan, Gavin, Zoey, Carson


Samuel~ Alma

 Theodore- Kayleah,Katrina,Joshua,Joseph,Mia,Melanie


 Arthur- R.I.P. March 12,1975- April 1,2008 Christy, Sean, Emily 

 Sandra- Alexander, Samantha, Anthony,Jessi,Tristan,Emily


 Samuel- Samson,Johann,David,Taman,Emma,Grace

 Joanna- Dominic,Damian,Arthur                  29

Paul~ Adina

 Alma- Lydon,Heidi,Christopher

 Daryl- Boaz,Jubilee,Zion 


 Marion- Tyler,Brandon,Brooklyn

 Stephanie- Benjamin,Micah,Timothy,Aaron

 Pauline- Elaine,Isaiah,Mariah,Nicholas,Jaxon

 David- Rachel,Heidi,Joseph

 Sarah- Liam                                         21

R.I.P Paul Sept 7,1951-Aug 31,2015

The Next Generation

Heidi,  Kanon



 Thomas- Jennifer,Rhoda

 Ronald- Josiah, Samson,Corey

 Rhonda- Phoebe, Bethany, Hannah,Travis,Tyler

 Leah- Daniel,Maria,Jesse

 Karina- Grace, Jaclyn, Jacobi, Natalia,Johanna                        18



 Robert- Hannah, Heidi, Heinji, Tyler, Krystal,Nevaeh

 Glenda- Mattheus,Christina, Jacob, Ezra, Hadassa ,Gabriel, Emily,Philip

 Lesa- Timothy, David, Malachi, Elizabeth ,Lori,Jeremiah

 Carol- Seth, Carrie, Lydia, Christopher,Kaylee

 Christopher- Ethan, Isabelle,Grace,

 Samuel- William                                      30



 Sheila- Devan,Blake,Cody

 Scott- Brayden

Levi ~ Sharon 



 Brenda-                                        5

 R.I.P Levi… May 1,1959-March 2,2010






 Matt-                                                                            1


69 Grandchildren (Including deceased)


201 Great Grandchildren as  August 2018 


12 Great Great Grandchildren as of September 2018


 Completed by Diane Hofer-Montano




Abu Dhabi…Say What

My Journey to the Middle East


One evening as I was sitting on the couch my husband casually said. hey would you like to go to Abu Dhabi in a couple weeks. Ahhh really? Umm Sure. I mean he has spent the past 4 years on projects in the UAE and so of course I want to see this country I have heard so much about.
Flying over Baghdad
Flying over Baghdad

I really wasn’t sure what to expect and I will say as we were flying over Baghdad I was a little concerned about this trip we were on. Once we landed and walked through customs, had this fancy camera that takes picture or screen your eyeball, we were both welcomed. But before we could exit we had to go through one more screening of all our luggage.  Once we exited and grabbed a taxi to our hotel, it was about 10-15 minute drive. We pulled up and our doors were open for us, all our luggage was carried, doors held open for us. I felt like royalty and this how we were treated on a daily basis.


I never knew I wanted to walk through a Mosque until I was moments away…Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque



 Middle East has never been on my Bucket List but I am so blessed to have experienced this beautiful country. Not at all what I had pictured it would be like. As a American when we hear Middle East it’s not exactly a vacation destination. BUT it is that and more!! I felt like I was in a big city such as Los Angeles. Only difference is here in Abu Dhabi we were treated amazing by everyone we encountered! So much respect is shown here. It’s their vibe and it’s an awesome experience.

Finally I get to ride a camel!!

I did always want to ride a camel and this experience was awesome! Dune Bashing through the Arabic desert!! Yes Please! I’d do that over and over! Such a ride! Dune Surfing…I tried and had a blast doing it! Check out this Company Those in this company were so kind! What a great experience!

Camel RIde with my Amore
Camel RIde with my Amore
Dune Surfing
Dune Surfing

Paddle Boarding on the Persian Gulf… Never had I thought I’d have these chances and great experiences! And look at the skyscraper in my view!

Aldar headquarters building
Aldar headquarters building

It was an awesome learning experience, visiting a Muslim country and having a peek into their world will be unforgettable. It was a Grand place, a Grand experience and the people there were out of this world!! We were treated like royalty every where we went.

The hotel staff was amazing and would bring us vases of flowers and they would on a daily basis leave fresh lilies on our bed and in the bathroom. They would bring small plates of sweets and they knew we were water drinkers and would line our cabinet with water! We would have fun animals made of towels on our bed upon our return!

You can check out Al Raha Beach Hotel here.

Our towel friendsIMG_1456

The modesty that this country lives was a nice setting to be in. I had no issues covering my shoulders and not wearing shorts in public areas. It was really nice not having lunch in restaurants and having someones crack right in front of you. No saggy pants…conservative dressing is not all bad.

I enjoyed hearing the prayers throughout the day. I didn’t understand it but someone translated what the prayers were about.Just as we pray… Be good, do good and spread good. I loved that when we flew Etihad to Abu Dhabi that they have a prayer prior to take off. That was awesome!! Who doesn’t want a prayer prior to flying.

The cuisine is from all parts of this world!

My husband and I love great food and we had no shortage of that! The cuisine here is amazing. So many different cultures are here and so we enjoyed German, Italian, Arabic, Lebanese and more!

Arabic Dessert IMG_2976This dessert was out of this world…full of flavors of cinnamon, cardamom. Served hot and yes I had seconds!!

There is a small glimpse into our time in Abu Dhabi!!


Life in Switzerland

Swiss Life… 30 Things I WISH I had known…What a great find!!


As an expat living in Switzerland off and on for the past 13 years, I wish I had this book in the beginning! It explained so much and helped me to understand my feelings, even 13 years later.  At the time I just dove right in to this new culture!
My first visit here
My first visit here

I Loved reading this book! As someone blessed to have lived abroad in Switzerland this book was eye opening and at times I was sure it was me who wrote it!

I completely understood where the author was coming from because I have lived it. I even connected with her on Facebook!

It also helped me to understand my actions and words after coming back to the US after being in Switzerland for an extended period! You really become so critical after living the Swiss life and then you return to the US and everywhere you look you see something just out of place! I had some good laughs reading this and I definitely recommend it.

People never having been to Switzerland really don’t understand!! The Swiss really life live so differently from us… you really have to experience it to understand it. They have great respect for all that surrounds them!

I'll be looking back at great memories made!
I’ll be looking back at great memories made!
This is so well written and so dang true!! Anyone who is planning to live in Switzerland as an American or any expat  needs to read this book!

I have traveled more than the average American and can say no where have I ever been to that I have seen such organized trash detail and this is all of Switzerland and not just a village! Seriously you open up a trash container and the all gray bags are neatly aligned!  They seriously all work as a team to keep their country pristine!  You could use the metal trash bin as a mirror!!

I feel blessed to have had dual citizenship and the amazing benefits Switzerland gave me! As of this month I have given my Swiss visa back and look forward to exploring a entirely different country with my husband… Off to new Adventures and this time I will blog along the way… Who knows…Maybe I’ll write a new book!!! My adventures in ___________!!!!

I've walked many paths and look forward to many more
I’ve walked many paths and look forward to many more
Swiss Life: 30 Things I Wish I'd Known by [Panozzo, Chantal]
This is not a Book Review… Just a plug for a great read!!

Soriano Nel Cimino, Italy

IMG_1668Our Favorite Destination

Soriano Nel Cimino, Italy

As my husband and I  were minutes away from our destination. A quaint village Soriano Nel Cimino,Italy. A place we have been twice before in a span of 6 years and although it wasn’t often… It felt as though we were coming home!

We have no residence here,in Sorinao Nel Cimino and we stay in a time share ‘resort’ it’s not your usual resort with a pool and all the amenities next to the big beautiful sea. But up on a hill a very steep hill sits a historical building, once a Palace said to house a son of a Pope!  But back to my point!! It’s not the resort or the location that gave us this warm feeling! It’s memories of the prior years of our days spent at the Piazza mingling with the locals who are the friendliest people we have ever met on our journeys. They greet you in the morning the afternoon and evening! They chatter…they smile and look in to your eyes!

Here we are tourists invading their amazing quaint and full of so much life village and they love it! They live there and just don’t go through the actions… They live life to the fullest!!!

You hear so many different conversations going on… Laughter and many hand movements… They are Italian! They meet and greet each other on benches next to the road and at the Cafe Bar. The people of this village don’t sit in their homes all day! But spend most of it outside! I love how you can hear Soriano Nel Cimino slowly wake up in the morning and then vibrantly till after lunch and then it’s as though All of Soriano Nel Cimino is in a Siesta mode and once again around 5ish you hear the life of this village! And you just can’t wait to get out and live among the locals!!


I was in a conversation with a new friend and he was shocked to hear that America has no Piazza! He asked where you visit with your neighbors and sadly I said we don’t come together and therefore not everyone even knows their neighbor! Shocking for him. He couldn’t believe it.  In a moment I was sadden cause what living we are missing out on! The locals take such an importance on remaining social and being outdoors. Enjoying a coffee or a beer. Most noteworthy is how the elderly gentleman group together… Together being the main thought here!! How wonderful that they are not growing old alone but together!!

The elderly walk up the very steep mountain hills with no problem where I’ve seen younger visitors struggle. I just love seeing this kind of community! The locals of Soriano Nel Cimino are one big family.

If you want to really see Italy!! This is the place. It is so close to Rome, Tuscany and Florence. We visit these very touristy cities in Italy but are always so happy to return to Soriano. It is relaxing. You will experience real Italian cuisine at Rottezzia. Voted #1 by Trip Advisor.  Read about them here.

This is a family run restaurant in a cave! Mama  cooks, and it is amazing!! Egisto, the father, meets and greets the guests and you’ll find him joining guests for meals. Speaks great english and has become our friend. Emanuel, the son, runs the bar and Giada, is your hostess along with some other family members. It is our favorite place in Italy to eat!! Aside from Mama’s house!

IMG_0093 IMG_0418Our Favorite Table out on the balcony.


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