About me

I'm Sarah Curran Schaal and I've been doing genealogy as a hobby for a very long time.  I couldn't tell you exactly when I began; I think I was in 2nd or 3rd grade.  I've loved discovering information about my ancestors and the ancestors of my husband as well.  I think I'm just too nosy to not be a genealogist.

I'm currently a stay-at-home mother to three amazing kiddos and the wife of an equally amazing husband that also happens to be in the Navy.  We are living in the Pacific Northwest at the moment after having lived in Sicily, Italy for three years.  I'm working toward becoming a Certified Lactation Consultant.  In my spare time I enjoy traveling, doing genealogy of course and watching obscene amounts of television.

I decided to start this website so I wouldn't drive my husband and kids crazy all the time telling them about what new information I have found.  They are interested, but not to the extent that I like to talk about it. Feel free to read, comment and contact me!  I love meeting new cousins and other genealogists!


  1. Welcome to Geneabloggers!
    Reading your blog, it struck me that the surname Schaal sounds very Dutch as well. Could it be that there are some Dutch roots next to the German ones? Or are you certain about the German origin?
    Being Dutch myself, I amvery much interested. I also have a blog with many genealogical subjects. One of my posts shows a survey of foreign genealogical blogs/sites showing Dutch origin surnames. The URL is http://www.patmcast.blogspot.com/2012/05/dutch-ancestors.html. The idea is to try and establish contacts between people who have an interest in the same surname. There are numerous cases in The Netherlands where people emigrated centuries ago without leaving a trace in Dutch archives. With my blog I try to bring Dutch and foreign (mainly US/CAN) genealogists together.
    Therefore, in case there are some Dutch roots here I like to have your permission to show your site in my a.m. blog.
    I look forward to your reaction!
    Kind regards,

  2. Hello Peter! Thanks for stopping by.
    As for the Schaal surname and it's origin for my husband's family the only certain I have is that his 3rd Great Grandfather Philip Schaal was born about 1825 in Wurttemberg, Germany. Anything before that is not known. I have not been able to find his parents names. So they very well could have Dutch roots and we are not aware of.

    Also to add to the Schaal family question, Philip Schaal's wife Elizabeth Roth married again after his death in 1867 to a Christoph Schaal. I'm not positive of Philip and Christoph's relationship (brother, cousin etc) nor do I have information for his parents. He is also listed as being from Wurttemberg, Germany.

    You have my permission to show my site if you feel it appropriate. It may connect me with someone that possibly can have some insight on these ancestors of my husband and children.

  3. Hi Sarah!
    Thanks for your permission. Your blog has been added to mine. If there is anything you want me to add or change, please let me know.
    Have a nice day!

  4. Hi Sarah,

    I just found your blog on Philip Schaal and Elizabeth Roth, who are my 3rd grandparents. Their daughter Louisa was my 2nd gr-grandmother and her daughter Rose Bertha was my gr-grandmother. So it looks like your husband and I are very, very distant cousins.

    Have you been able to find anything on Elizabeth and/or Philip's parents?

    Thanks for your help!

    Barb Ochoa

    1. I would love to email with you about Philip and Elizabeth Schaal. Please email me at sarahtish at gmail dot com! Thanks!