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Chronicling my Family (and extended family) is a hobby for me and several people close to me. On these pages, I have attempted to put together images, stories, and information on the many sides of my family tree. This family tree is more like a tangled bush, with a lot of twists and turns. I can’t cover everything, so I attempt to focus on a few select areas.

While I haven’t taken one of the DNA tests that are advertised, I can basically say that I am somewhat equally divided among English, German, Irish, and European Jewish (Ashkenazi) ancestries. Members of my family migrated to the United States, primarily in the 19th century. Extended relatives have fought in many wars of the United States, including the Civil War, World War II, Korean War, and the Iraq War. At least one family member died during the Spanish Flu of 1918.

Much of my family comes from the Southern United States, and there are various Okies who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl. Genealogy is a worthy pursuit from any family, but it is very interesting to see how family narratives fit into the larger narratives of our American history.

I felt a larger sense of urgency to pursue and document this information after the death of my Grandfather (Arnold Ray House). I hope to share as much information as possible so it can be enjoyed by family, friends, and fellow people with a sense for genealogy and discovering more about their family and themselves.

Anniversary Party for the House Family (Photo Credit:  Matt Harmon)
Anniversary Party for the House Family, 2006 (Photo Credit: Matt Harmon)


Schultze is my surname and my Father’s adopted family line. The Schultze line dates back into Germany, where Schultze is a common surname. The Schultze’s emigrated in the 1860s.


The Davidson family is my Mother’s maternal family line. This family comes from my Grandmother. There is a long line of Davidsons from Colorado, who were involved in the timber, ranching, and mining industries. The Davidson’s emigrated from England in the 1860s.


The Covington family is my Stepfather’s family line. This family appears to be traceable back to Covington, England, in the County of Cambridgeshire. The Covingtons moved to the American colony of Maryland in the 17th century before the United States Revolution. They appear to have lived in Maryland before living in Southern States such as North Carolina and Tennessee before finding their way to Southern California. It appears that the Covington line is traceable back 14 generations to the beginning of the 16th Century.


The House family is my Mother’s paternal family line. This family seems to have been predominantly from the South, from South Carolina to Tennessee and finally several generations in Kentucky. The earliest reference goes back to 1738, so the House family line likely comes directly from England. In sobering news, census updates show some along the line owned slaves and fought for the Confederacy. My Great-Grandfather showed up in Oklahoma. While my Grandfather was born in Texas, he was raised from birth in Oklahoma. He met my Grandmother in Mentone, California, where 3 generations were raised in the Inland Empire.


The Voyles family is my Grandfather’s adopted family line. This adopted line from my Grandfather goes back to Oklahoma and South Carolina. It appears that several Voyles participated on the Confederate side of the Civil War, including one who died at Vicksburg. The last American-born Voyles was born in 1776. The Voyles line then goes back to Wales in the United Kingdom.


The Blum family is my Father’s birth family line. Note:  Includes speculative information.  This family appears to be traceable back to Illinois.  While there are many references to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it is possible the community is really Philadelphia, Illinois.  References are inconsistent.  There are also conflicting records dating back to a community called Golawanewsk, Russia from 1903.  Considering the geopolitical changes in Europe in this period, it is unclear if this community is still Russia or from another State.  There is a German-translated reference that may reference the community in Ukraine.  It appears that there is a heavy European-Jewish reference in this line.

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Last updated: May 27, 2019 at 11:30 am
Rows of Remembrance by T.M. Schultze

Memorial Day at Fort Rosecrans (11 Images)

Memorial Day at Fort Rosecrans

Every year I am in town, I visit Fort Rosecrans on the weekend before Memorial Day.  Below is a section of images, followed by more information below the gallery.

Clicking on any of the images will launch the gallery.




The weather in most of San Diego this weekend was dark and gloomy.  A cloud layer at about 3,500 feet hung above the coast.  Because of this, most of the images I made were monochrome black and whites, which I found to be suitable to the holiday.

Fort Rosecrans hosts thousands of people on Memorial Day, and Cabrillo National Monument is even closed.  Many volunteer groups, including my own Scout Troop, assist with flag planting on the Saturday morning before Memorial Day.  Following those groups in the cemetery is a great way to mark the occasion.

This year, I took some time to look up every Schultze located at Fort Rosecrans.  I don’t have any family with the Schultze name beyond my brother and father.  A couple years ago, I parked near Section V to get the hillside photo looking towards the Coronado Islands in Mexico.  A Phillip Schultze was just off the roadside.  I located all 5 Schultze interrments and thought it was a great way to celebrate my name, even if they are not immediate family.

Nearby, on the way back to my car, I found a Lois Lane.  There is always something interesting at Fort Rosecrans.

Memorial Day at Fort Rosecrans is incredibly popular, as it is with many National Cemeteries.  Coming on Saturday or Sunday afternoon used to be the time to visit, get the images with all of the flags planted, and make great pictures.  That secret is out now.  I was stunned by how busy it was.  I was able to make a lot of images, but there were a lot of people there.

Thank you reading, and I hope you enjoy the images.

About T.M. Schultze

About T.M. Schultze - Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park

Thank you for visiting my website and reading a little about me.  While the main focus of my website is my photographic art, I intend to also showcase many things I like to do that do not pertain to a cubicle in an office.

I learned to enjoy the outdoors at a very early age. Some of my earliest memories were camping in a small pup tent, whether it be to go fishing at Lake Hemet for the weekend, or set up in the backyard.

My first encounter with the Grand Canyon at the age of 13 sealed my love for the world and the environment. It rained that day, and the canyon did not glow with that otherworldly color at sunset that we know and love, but the hike down into the canyon, seeing layer upon layer of sediment going back millions of years, sparked a lifelong interest in our planet.

As a student, I developed a keen interest in writing. What started as class essays developed into creative writing, particularly, short stories and poetry.  I am currently working on a short-story collection to be self-published at some point in the future.

As an adult, I rediscovered his interest in the outdoors through photography. What began as time spent with friends became a lifelong passion.  Photography has given the meaning to my life that I spent years searching for.

I am a Past President and continuing Executive Board member of the San Diego Photo Club, where I have the privilege of meeting many of the best and brightest artists in the San Diego area.

I have recently completed my first eBook as the co-author of the Photographer’s Guide To Joshua Tree National Park.

As it has been said, art is expression. I am proud to present this website as a testament to my lifelong interest in the outdoor environment, the printed word, and the developed image. I hope you enjoy viewing this website.  Feel free to contact me any time about our shared interests.