Surname Saturday: VAN PRICE

Photo from Charles' Passport. Note his name listed as just "Price."

By the time the VAN PRICE surname ended in my ancestry, it had already been changed at least once. My great-grandmother, Mildred Vida (DEBROUX) VAN PRICE, was the last to have the surname before she married my great-grandfather. Her father, as he is listed on later documents and his headstone, was … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Wedding


This is a photo from my grandmother's, Marge (DEBROUX) THIELKE's, wedding on August 28, 1948 in Port Washington, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin. She is being walked down the aisle by her father, my great-grandfather, Leon DEBROUX. Click for a larger version. … [Read more...]

Weekly History: July 25th – July 31st

The important dates for this week in our family history. As always, you can find this info on the Dates & Anniversaries page. July 25th 1915 - Died - Thomas J CORRIGAN - Thomas is my great-great-grandfather on my father's side. He was born on 3 Mar 1855 in Mara Township, Brechin, … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Margaret

DeBroux Margaret

This isn't a direct ancestor of mine, but I've always like the photo. Maybe it's her eyes. They seem to pop out compared to the rest of the photo. I don't have any proof on this, but the photo seems to be of Margaret DeBroux, who according to my guess is my great-grandaunt (or my great-grandfather's … [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...]

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...]

Surname Saturday: DEBROUX

The DeBroux surname first enters my family tree as my maternal grandmother's maiden name. The surname itself is Belgian, at least when I trace it back from America. According to, the surname along with the preposition de (‘from’), denoting someone from either of two places called Broux, … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Laurent Sisters

This photo was recently sent to me by another DeBroux/Laurent researcher. The ladies shown are the three youngest daughters of Jean-Baptiste LAURENT and Olivine Marie ST. LOUIS. They are Josephine KING, Philomene DEBROUX, and Milly RABIDEAU. Philomene is my great-great-grandmother on my mother's … [Read more...]