Michael John Corrigan

Erie Canal

The thirty-seventh ancestor in my 52-week challenge, is my paternal 4th-great-grandfather, Michael John CORRIGAN. He is the furthest back that Corrigan researchers have been able to track, as far as I know. Michael and his wife have a lot of descendants. Out of all of my lines, I have met and … [Read more...]

Johann Peter Firmenich

The thirty-sixth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my 4th-great-grandfather, Johann Peter FIRMENICH (Think it's pronounced Fer-meh-nick.) I don't have a lot of information on Johann. His birth date of 1792 in Prussia is estimated from US Census records (though, one lists him as being born in … [Read more...]

The Whipples

The thirty-fifth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's maternal 4th-great-grandfather, Lyman Eugene WHIPPLE. According to the information we have, he was born in about 1816 in Smyrna, Chenango, New York to William Walton & Rosina Whipple. Sometime, probably in Ohio in the late 1830s, … [Read more...]

Brother Jacob

Zalewski stone

The thirty-fourth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is another non-direct relation, but a line that I do spend a considerable amount of time on. It is Jacob ZALEWSKI, the (almost certain) brother of my great-great-grandfather, Frank J Zalewski whom I've written about a lot. I do a lot of research on … [Read more...]

Arnold & Shannon

The thirty-third ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's maternal 3rd-great-grandmother, Rosina Winslow (Arnold) Shannon. Multiple census sources note that she was born about 1824 in New York State (info says Three Mile bay in Jefferson County.) Her obituary in the Stevens Point (Wisconsin) … [Read more...]

Living on in Chromosome 6

The thirty-second ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my paternal 3rd-great grandfather, Michael TROKA. Michael is one of the few ancestors that I have confirmed as an ancestor with my DNA matches on chromosomes 1, 6, 9, and 11 as I talked about in my last post. I don't know when Michael Troka … [Read more...]

The Zalewski Wall

Frank Zalewski, Sr

The thirty-first ancestor in my 52-week challenge is the ancestor that I've probably written about more than any other, my paternal great-great-grandfather, Frank J ZALEWSKI, Sr. Unfortunately, this is probably the shortest line I have. He was the inspiration for me to start a lot of my research, … [Read more...]

Jean Baptiste

The thirtieth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Jean [John] Baptiste LAURENT. He was born in 1825 on January 18th. A birthday he shares with another famous person. Me. He was born at the small town of Biez in the Chaumont-Gistoux municipality in Walloon … [Read more...]