The End of the mtDNA Line

The twentieth ancestor on my 52 week challenge is my wife's 4th-great-grandmother, Susan (SKINNER) WARNER. Susan is also the furthest back we have documented on my wife's mtDNA line (mother's mother's mother, etc.) Her mtDNA/maternal haplogroup is HV0, which is very heavy in Europe, especially in … [Read more...]

Herman Rathke

The nineteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my 3rd-great-grandfather, Herman RATHKE. According to vital records and his headstone, Herman was born 22 February 1831. Though, the place of birth is somewhat more of a mystery as I have only been able to track it to "Germany" which could mean … [Read more...]

From Virginia to Wisconsin

The eighteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my wife's paternal 4th-great-grandfather, Peyton H WEY. Peyton was probably born on 31 October 1805 in Fauquier County, Virginia. His parents are documented as Henry & Molly (CRUPPER) WEY. On 12 November 1829, he married Rachel MINK in … [Read more...]

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...]