Tell Me Thursday: Unknown

I'm not sure who is in this photo. It was located in the BRAATZ area of my grandmother's photo album, but it is no labeled. I have yet to ask her personally if she knows. The girl in the middle does somewhat resemble a photo of my 3rd-great-grandmother, Margaret (SCHUMACHER) STEARNS, so maybe it's … [Read more...]

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Tombstone Tuesday: John Laurent

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I'm starting to run out of tombstone photos. I'll need to start posting those from my wife's family tree pretty soon. This one is from my family tree and is that of Jean-Baptiste (John) LAURENT, 3rd-great-grandfather. He was born about 1825 is Belgium, according to census records. He married my … [Read more...]

Weekly History – March 22 – 28

The dates and anniversaries in my family tree for this week. March 22 1732 - Died - Marie Anna GUEDON - Marie is my 9th-great-grandmother on my mother's side.  She was born in 1641 in Bourg de Magny, Normandie, France and married Gabriel BENOIT in 1665. She passed away in Yamachiche, St. … [Read more...]

What’s in a Name?


My entry for the 13th edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture. Here is what this carnival is about. Share with us the surnames in your Irish family tree, but don't just stop there. Do a little research and tell us the origin of one or more of those surnames, the stories of how they … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Zalewski

According to the note for this photo, this is a picture of my grandfather, Richard Zalewski (middle), with his sister Irene to his left and Eugene Nowiski to his right. I don't know off-hand who Eugene Nowiski is, but it does look like he's ready to change someone's oil. Multiple people have said … [Read more...]

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Tombstone Tuesday: As Irish As I Could Find

William Thompson

Well, it's St. Patrick's Day and I am without a true Irish headstone. I have a lot of Irish ancestors, but not a lot of headstone photos for them. Most of them passed away in mysterious, far away lands (like Canada.) This headstone of my 4th-great-grandfather will have to do for today. From my … [Read more...]