Fat Tuesday

Mmmm...Pączki

Fat Tuesday around here in Milwaukee, home to a large Polish heritage, is celebrated as Pączki Day. The most popular local bakery in the area, National Bakery and Deli, expects to sell 45,000 of them. A pączki is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with confiture … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: MORAN

This week I decided to do a Surname Saturday on one of my wife's surnames, Moran. The MORAN surname first shows up in her tree with Robert MORAN who was born in Ireland in 1820. We're not exactly sure where in Ireland. Tracing this name into Ireland is like tracing the JOHNSON surname in America … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Laurent Sisters

This photo was recently sent to me by another DeBroux/Laurent researcher. The ladies shown are the three youngest daughters of Jean-Baptiste LAURENT and Olivine Marie ST. LOUIS. They are Josephine KING, Philomene DEBROUX, and Milly RABIDEAU. Philomene is my great-great-grandmother on my mother's … [Read more...]

SNGF – Sweet 16

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings came up with this fun post on Saturday. I thought I'd give it a try. Here is your SNGF assignment for the evening (if you choose to accept it - this is not stump the genealogist or even Mission Impossible): 1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents in pedigree chart … [Read more...]

Any German Transcribers Out There?

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I have found what I think is the passenger list for my 4th-great-grandparents (found via my 3rd-great-grandfather, Mathias FIRMENICH.) They had it transcribed as Fermainz, which is does look like, but I can see FIRMENICH in it also. Now, a lot of things match up. The list is from April 22, 1847, … [Read more...]

New DeBroux Info and Some Belgium Questions

Just spent some time today browsing around random Dutch and Belgian websites looking for that one clue to break open some information. I have listed that my 3rd-great-grandparents, Desire and Desiree DeBroux (that's a mouthful), were both born in Belgium. It specifically lists it as Brussels, … [Read more...]

A Celebration of Irish Names

Lisa at Small-leaved Shamrock has posted the 13th edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture. This one deals with Irish surnames and clans. It includes my entry which deals with my Corrigan surname. Take a look and dive into the Irish history. … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Joe & Clara Troka

This is a photo of my great-great-grandparents, Joe & Clara (SZULTA) TROKA on their 50th wedding anniversary. The date of this photo would be somewhere around 29 Jan 1944 since they were married in 1894. They were married at St. Hedwig's Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There is a very nice … [Read more...]