Solidifying the French-Canadian Line

I haven't spend a lot of time on my personal family tree in awhile. I always seem to work on the same people over and over, which is fine, but if you keep hitting that same brick wall sometimes you get discouraged and take a break. Instead, I have decided to do more work on my French-Canadian … [Read more...]

Michael John Corrigan

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...]

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...]

The French-Canadian Connection

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

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

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...]