The French-Canadian Connection

Marie DesAnges Manseau

The twenty-fourth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my maternal 4th-great-grandmother, Marie DesAnges (MANSEAU) ST. LOUIS. Marie was born sometime in 1806 in Yamaska, Quebec, Canada to Antoine MANSEAU and Catharine CLOUTIER. Her mother Catherine is my connection to the so-called … [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...]

Way Back Wednesday: Moran Family

Charles Moran Family

This is a photo of my wife's great-great-grandparents, Charles & Emma (DIETER) MORAN, and three of their children. The child on the left is her great-grandfather, Fred MORAN, born in 1891. Basing the date off of the children, this photo was probably taken in about 1900. The other two children … [Read more...]

Weekly History: Nov 8th-14th

November 11 1630 - Born - Jean CUSSON-CALLIOU - Jean is my 10th-great-grandfather on my mother's side. He was born at St. Marguerite-sur-Durclair, Rouen, Normandie, France. He married Marie FOUBERT in 1656.  He passed away on 8 Apr 1718 at St. Sulpice, Quebec, Canada. 1719 - Born - Josephte … [Read more...]

Weekly History: August 16th-22nd

This is a slow week in my family history. Mostly just French-Canadian history and only on three of the days. August 17th 1715 - Died - Julien Lesieur dit DUHAIME - Julien is my 8th-great-grandfather on my mother's side. He was born about 1679. He married Simone BLANCHET in 1701. He passed away … [Read more...]

Weekly History: August 9th – 15th

August 9th 1671 - Married - Nicolaes van CRAYBECK & Helena WAGEMANS - Nicolaes and Helena are my 9th-great-grandparents on my mother's side. They were married at Kuringen, Belgium. August 10th 1732 - Died - Louise DEGUITRE - Louis is my 8th-great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was … [Read more...]

Weekly History: August 2nd – 8th

Frank Zalewski, Sr

Looks like the beginning of the week is a bit slow. August 5th 1667 - Born - Louise DEGUITRE - Louise is my 8th-great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was born in Cogne, Aunis, France. She married Jacques Robidas dit MANSEAU in 1692. She passed away on 10 Aug 1732 in Baie-du-Febvre, … [Read more...]

Weekly History: June 28th-July 4th

Augusta (Luedtke) Last

June 29th 1725 - Died - Louis QUINET - Louis is my 9th-great-grandfather on my father's side. He was born about 1635, probably somewhere in France. He married Marguerite BROSSIER and had four children. He passed away in Contréglise, Haute-Saône, France. June 30th 1675 - Died - Louis … [Read more...]