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...]

Speaking of Czech Research

Up until this weekend I had never done any Czech research. I knew my wife's great-grandmother was born somewhere in Bohemia, which is in the Czech Republic, but we didn't dig much deeper. As you may, or may not have, read in my last post, I sort of fell into researching my wife's Czech line last … [Read more...]

Czech’ing Out the Records

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I hit up FamilySearch this weekend to do some miscellaneous research. I happened to see their collection of records for the Czech Republic (or Czechoslovakia) and since my wife's great-grandmother, Anna (HUIZEL) COLLINS, was born there, I thought I'd browse them. Unfortunately, I didn't find … [Read more...]

Weekly History: November 28th – December 4th

The weekly history from our family trees for this week. I plan on getting back to this since I've been so busy lately. As always you can browse the history by date on the Dates & Anniversaries page. November 28th 1841 - Died - Constant Joseph LAURENT - Constant is Brian's … [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...]

http://www.zalewskifamily.net/2009/09/03/617

Tell Me Thursday: Uncle One-Arm

This is a photo of Jacob HUIZEL (middle) and two unknown women. Jacob is my wife's great-great uncle. The reason for the "One-Arm" title is that we found an earlier photo of Jacob and on the back it just said "Uncle Jake" and under it was written "(one arm)". There are a few photos like this one, … [Read more...]