Curly Bill

Not William Corrigan, but his brother, Patrick. I have no photo of William, but I assume he looked similar.

The seventeenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my paternal 3rd-great-grandfather, William "Curly Bill" CORRIGAN. I don't know exactly how he got the nickname Curly Bill, though I can only assume it was hair-related, but here's hoping it was some other crazy reason. There is some uncertain … [Read more...]

Emma Lucretia Douglas

The sixteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is Emma Lucretia (DOUGLAS) LANT. She is my wife's maternal 3rd-great-grandmother. She is said to be born 16 October 1845 in New York City according to census records and her entry at Find-A-Grave. Her parents are Randolph & Sarah Emma (MOORE) … [Read more...]

Desire & Desiree

The fifteenth ancestor is my 52 week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Jean Joseph Desire DeBROUX. When I originally received the information on this family, it was only listed as Desire & Desiree DeBroux. That was the info I had for the longest time. They always caught my eye … [Read more...]

Mystery Collins

James Collins headstone

The fourteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my wife's great-great-grandfather, James A COLLINS. James is a bit of a mystery. He had ancestors and now he doesn't. The information I originally had for James Collins listed his parents as Daniel and Elizabeth Collins. This information is … [Read more...]

German Braatz

Braatz Family

The thirteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my paternal 3rd-great-grandmother, Maria (KLEGIN) BRAATZ. The only documented evidence that I have seen of Maria's birth was from her death certificate which states that she was born 15 Februrary 1842 in Schoenwalde, Germany. Trouble is that … [Read more...]

The Papermaker

The twelfth ancestor on my 52 week challenge is my wife's great-great-grandfather on her maternal side, Alexander Felix BANACH (or sometimes BANNACH.) He was born on 26 August 1869 in, what is today, Śliwice, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship in north-central Poland. His baptism is listed on the … [Read more...]

Sister Minnie

The eleventh person in my 52 week challenge is actually not an ancestor this week. During research on my THIELKE line, I decided to do some research on my great-great-grandfather Johann's siblings. I had a lot of luck with his sister, Minnie THIELKE. I originally ran across her name in the 1860 … [Read more...]

Visualizing the Tree

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Now that FamilySearch Family Tree is live and they also allow other programs to access that data on your behalf, we're able to do cool things with it. RootsMagic allows you to connect members of your local family tree database to FamilySearch Family Tree where you can copy data and sources back and … [Read more...]