Ancestry DNA

My DNA results according to Ancestry DNA

Ancestry sent me an email a few months back giving me an early invitation to their new Ancestry DNA service. I couldn't resist, so I ordered one and sent it back in. The results were recently posted and there are some cool new things in there. The first interesting fact is that according to them, … [Read more...]

Sunday’s Obituary: Emma Firmenich

I'm going to participate in this week's Sunday's Obituary theme. This is the obituary for my great-great grandmother, Emma Jane (FIRMENICH) CORRIGAN in from April 28, 1941. I'm not sure exactly which newspaper since I found the article in my grandmother's collection and she didn't note it. If I … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Corrigans

Circa 1927 - Maurice Corrigan Family

Today's Way Back Wednesday photo is from a recent scan from my grandmother's photo collection. This is a photo of her family. Her parents, Maurice & Agnes (BRAATZ) CORRIGAN, along with her twin, Thomas, and her older sister, Shirley. The photo is probably from around 1927 or so based on the age … [Read more...]

Amanuensis Monday: Edwin Corrigan Letter

Amanuensis Monday – An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Remembering Grandma

Mary Jane Corrigan - 1938

I was put in charge of creating the memorial video that was to be played at my Grandmother's funeral today, so that everyone could remember her through the years. I assume this is due to the fact that I seemed to have inherited the title of "Family Historian" which I have no problem with. I love … [Read more...]

Ireland Loses a Daugther

Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

Mary Jane (Corrigan) Zalewski April 27, 1926 - August 10, 2011 Today we lost my grandmother, Mary Jane Zalewski, one of the world's biggest fans of Irish heritage. Born in Ashland, Wisconsin on April 27, 1926 along with her twin brother, Tommy, to Maurice & Agnes (Braatz) Corrigan. Story … [Read more...]

SNGF: Ancestral Roulette

This week on Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is Ancestral Name List Roulette. The rules are as follows: How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

Zalewski Wedding

This is from my grandparent's wedding, Richard & Mary Jane (CORRIGAN) ZALEWSKI on October 11, 1947 at St. Gall's Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I particularly enjoy the two kids on the sides of the church. I'm not even sure if they're part of the family. Click the photo for a larger version. … [Read more...]