this is me

In early 2012, I started writing my first blog www.shakingthefamilytree.wordpress.com. Shaking the Family Tree focuses on my genealogical research and the spiritual journey of discovering one’s roots. I quickly found that I was spending more time researching then writing, which has made it difficult to keep generating regular posts. What I found though was that I enjoyed sharing my stories and connecting with like-minded individuals.

Don’t Judge a Fish is sort of an expansion blog. While I will continue periodic posts in Shaking the Family Tree, this new blog will allow me to write about…well…everything else. Oh, and expect lots of photos.

I hope you will follow along and share your thoughts too!

6 thoughts on “About

  1. thehistoricfoodie

    Hello, I found your blog Shaking the Family Tree this morning and just wanted to touch base with you and say hello. My boyfriend is a Zartman descendant and the two of you share about 3 generations of ancestors. His line is Alexander, Hans Jacob, Henry, John Peter, Peter, John B., William Dallas, Chauncey Edward, and his mom is Anna Zartman Brady. I’ve been working on the family history for him, and bought him a copy of Rufus Zartman’s book recently. I enjoyed your post and do plan to read it again to compare and correct any errors I may have.
    Vickie R.


    1. mcherr Post author

      thanks for reaching out. It’s always nice to find further connections…I have met a good number of “cousins” through this process and it is my hope to follow up with some of them in future to learn more about what we may or may not have in common. Its fascinating! Keep in touch!


  2. Tony Testa

    Hi Mickey,
    I do not know if you remember me. I was a friend of your Dads.
    I was in Indy with him that trouble year.
    I read his bio. Loved it.
    If you ever come back to RI look me up


  3. Spencer E. Nolen,Sr.

    Hello, was linked to here from a Emergency! Facebook page. I am a volunteer fireman and medic, a career captain for the city of greensboro, nc. Fire department. All i can say is wow. Loved the information provided. I am such a history nut. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT HOW MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED BY YOUR DADS WORK? HE IS A HERO, PERIOD. Have used Hurst tools on several occasions to help others.


    1. mcherr Post author

      Thank you Spencer for your kind words. I often hear stories of friend’s loved ones being saved by the Jaws…and it IS incredible to ponder the butterfly effect. My dad was always surprised when someone would thank him. Thank YOU for your service and thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate it greatly!



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