Tombstone Tuesday: Toney

Carey Toney - Headstone

This is the headstone of my wife's 5th-great-grandfather on her father's side, Carey Toney. Carey was born 3 Oct 1763 (or 1757) in Buckingham Co., Virginia to William and Margaret (SUTHERLAND) TONEY. He married Elizabeth DOREN in 1789. Later they traveled to Ohio where they lived out the rest of … [Read more...]

Weekly History: May 9th – 15th

Happy Mother's day to all of the moms out there (and moms-to-be.) As always, you can get this info at anytime on the Dates & Anniversaries page. May 9th 1860 - Died - Mary (CRONIN) MCCANN - Mary is my 4th-great-grandmother of my father's side. She was born about 1797 in Ireland. She … [Read more...]

SNGF: Matrilineal Line

For Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post, he asks: 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 tested, and if so, … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

Joseph Troka & Dad

This is a photo of my great-great-grandfather, Joseph Troka, and his great-grandson (my father.) It was taken in May 1959, probably at my Dad's first communion. You will notice that Joseph liked to wear his pants very high. … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Prairie Home

This photo is from Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Visit the cemetery's page at Find-a-Grave, including a map. … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: 4 Generations

Firmenich 4 Generations

This is a "4 Generations" shot of the Firmenich -> Corrigan -> Olsen line. Included is my 3rd-great-grandfather, Mathias FIRMENICH; his daughter and my great-great-grandmother, Emma Jane (FIRMENICH) CORRIGAN; her daughter, Clarice (CORRIGAN) OLSEN; and Clarice's daughter, Renee. The photo was … [Read more...]

Weekly History: April 25th – May 1st

Emma Jane Firmenich

Here are these week's important dates. As always, you can view these whenever you like on the Dates & Anniversaries page. April 27th Happy birthday to my grandmother, Mary Jane, and her twin brother, Tom! April 28th 1941 - Died - Emma Jane FIRMENICH - Emma Jane is my … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: The Boys

Troka/Zalewski/Szulta

This is a picture of the men of the Troka, Zalewski, Szulta, and other families. The photo includes both my great-grandfather and his father-in-law, my great-great-grandfather. Also included are some great uncles and some other family members. Here are the names of everyone in the photo. Back row: … [Read more...]