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...]

One-Armed Mystery

Anna (Huizel) Collins - unknown year

The eight ancestor is my 52 week challenge is my wife's paternal great-grandmother, Anna (HUIZEL) COLLINS. I'm not completely sure of the pronunciation of that surname, but I've heard both Oot-zuhl and Ooh-zuhl. Anna was born around July 1881 in what is today, Netolice in the Prachatice … [Read more...]

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...]

But, What Do Mayflowers Bring?

20121001

It has been a bit quiet on the genealogy front. I haven't had as much time to do any research, but recently I have come across some extra time and interest. I recently added another individual to my "Everything I Know" site. This is the first person I did a site for on my wife's ancestry. He is … [Read more...]

1940 Census: Check Multiple Sources

1940 Census - Collins

When the 1940 Census was released in April, I spent a couple of days browsing through them by hand to find my ancestors and my wife's ancestors. I knew where they all lived (generally speaking) and I was finally able to find everyone, except a few. My wife's grandmother, Barbara COLLINS, and her … [Read more...]

Passing On

Barb Collins Moran

Barbara Elaine (Collins) Moran 16 Apr 1924 - 11 Jan 2011 My wife lost her paternal grandmother early this morning. She wasn't doing too well for the past few weeks, so she is now free from that pain. I'm sad that my daughter was not able to meet her great-grandmother, but great-grandma was able to … [Read more...]

This is a photo of my wife's great-grandparent's Albert & Anna (HUIZEL) COLLINS. Albert was born in Wisconsin and Anan was born in Czechoslovakia. … [Read more...]

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Tell Me Thursday: Country School

This ia photo from my wife's collection. The photo label says that this is her grandmother's class at "country school." We can't specifically pick her out, but we have some ideas. I like how all the boys are in overalls. they probably need to go back and finish up their farm work when school is … [Read more...]