The Boy With No Hands

Anton Kopfhammer

This all started when, on a whim, I decided to see what happened in Milwaukee 100 years ago. I went to the Google News Archive site for The Milwaukee Journal and brought up the paper from March 19, 1915 (I know, I was one day off.) I read a few front-page stories and then ran across one titled, Boys … [Read more...]

Another Tested Cousin

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It was exiting to see another cousin listed on my 23andMe DNA Relatives list yesterday. While going through my matches, I noticed a familiar name, my paternal grandmother's cousin (so, my first cousin, once removed.) I now have 4 confirmed cousin matches on that list (excluding my father.) Also, … [Read more...]

Memories of Grandma

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Marjorie Jean (DeBroux) Thielke 8 June 1927 - 13 February 2015 Earlier today, my maternal grandmother passed away. Her death, while not a shock or surprise, still pains us deeply. Even though you try not to pick one, she was always my favorite grandparent. I loved all of them the same, but I was … [Read more...]

In Honor of Grandma

Marge Thielke

I'm going to be doing a few posts this week about my maternal grandmother's ancestry in honor of her. She has not been doing too well for the last few months and her condition has taken a turn for the worse this week. I visited her yesterday, possibly for the last time, so I thought I should honor … [Read more...]

New Avenues

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One of the first steps in my 2015 Year of the DNA project is to look at new avenues of research and get my DNA info out there to other possible cousins. In the last few days I did a few things. I finally transferred my 23andMe DNA over to the Family Tree DNA Family Finder. You can transfer it … [Read more...]

The Year of the DNA

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As some of you may know, genetic genealogy exploded in 2014. Hundreds of thousands of people have now tested their DNA with the big three testing companies (23andMe, Family Tree DNA, or Ancestry.) I have been interested in tracing my ancestry using DNA since back in 2006 with the first version of … [Read more...]

Frank F Braatz

Frank Braatz and Margaret Stearns

The forty-first ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my paternal great-great grandfather, Frank F BRAATZ. According to his obituary, he was born 17 April 1867 in Bavaria, Germany, though there is some confusion as to where in Germany the Braatz family is from. His parents has listed birthplaces in … [Read more...]

Mary Jane (Lint) Dieter

The fortieth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's paternal 3rd-great-grandmother, Mary Jane (Lint) Dieter. She was born 28 May 1842 in Ohio (some items say Pennsylvania) to Henry and Eleanor (Murphey) Lint. Her family may have been of the Pennsylvania Dutch or Mennonites as they lived in … [Read more...]