23andMe Follow-up

DNA Kits

I mentioned in a recent post that I was able to get 23andMe tests for my father and my father-in-law that would hopefully help narrow down DNA matches and also find out more about ourselves. Those tests have been taken, sent in, and now finally analyzed. There were no surprising results, but it does … [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...]

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...]

Way Back Wednesday: Agnes

Agnes

A photo of my great-grandmother, Agnes (BRAATZ) CORRIGAN. If I had to take a guess, I'd say the photo was taken around 1904-05 since she looks to be about 1-2 years old. … [Read more...]

Weekly History: May 30th – June 5th

The important dates in my family history for this week (a day late.) As always, you can find this info on the Dates & Anniversaries page. June 2nd 1789 - Married - Johannes VENNINGER & Elisabeth FLECK - Johannes and Elisabeth are my wife's 5th-great-grandparents on her … [Read more...]

Weekly History: April 11th – 17th

Frank & Margaret Braatz

The history in my family tree for this week. As always you can browse the dates yourself on the Dates & Anniversaries page. April 11th 1939 - Died - Anna A (LINDNER) ZALEWSKI - Anna is my great-great-grandmother on my father's side. She was born 27 Nov 1865 in German Poland. She married … [Read more...]

Weekly History: March 28th-April 3rd

Weekly history for my family tree. As always, you can view these manually at the Dates & Anniversaries page. March 29th 1890 - Died - Maria (BRAATZ) KLEGIN - Maria is my 3rd-great-grandmother on my father's side. She was born 15 Feb 1842 in Schoenwalde, Germany. I'm not sure which … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

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This photo was found in my grandmother's collection and labeled "great-grandparents Braatz" which should make this couple, Wilhelm & Maria (KLEGIN) BRAATZ, my 3rd-great-grandparents on my father's side. The child is not labeled, but I'm assuming it's my great-great-grandfather, Frank BRAATZ, … [Read more...]