Memories of Tanta

The first funeral I remember attending was 25 years ago when I was 7 years old on December 7th, 1987. My real great-grandmother passed away in May 1941 when my grandfather was only 20. My great-grandfather remarried a few years later to Agnes Pulshinski. I'm told she wasn't much of a fan of the … [Read more...]

But, What Do Mayflowers Bring?

It has been a bit quiet on the genealogy front. I haven't had as much time to do any research, but recently I have come across some extra time and interest. I recently added another individual to my "Everything I Know" site. This is the first person I did a site for on my wife's ancestry. He is … [Read more...]

1940 Census: Check Multiple Sources

When the 1940 Census was released in April, I spent a couple of days browsing through them by hand to find my ancestors and my wife's ancestors. I knew where they all lived (generally speaking) and I was finally able to find everyone, except a few. My wife's grandmother, Barbara COLLINS, and her … [Read more...]

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...]

My Most Recent Last Research

Go into your brain and pick out a surname that would be awesome to try to research. Something that would return 8 million results every time you searched for it. If you guessed the surname LAST, you win. Searching for anything on that surname was never fun. I would get every version of "last … [Read more...]

Czech’ing Out the Records

I hit up FamilySearch this weekend to do some miscellaneous research. I happened to see their collection of records for the Czech Republic (or Czechoslovakia) and since my wife's great-grandmother, Anna (HUIZEL) COLLINS, was born there, I thought I'd browse them. Unfortunately, I didn't find … [Read more...]

SNGF: Matrilineal Line

It's time for another one of Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts. List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you! Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA … [Read more...]

Across the Pond

I had a Thursday off this past week, so I decided to visit one of the local Family History Libraries in the area. The last time I went I ordered some microfilm from the area that I had hoped my ZALEWSKI family originated. I was confused since they told me that it takes about six weeks for the … [Read more...]