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...]

Genealogy Bucket List

My inspiration for this post had come from, what I thought was a one-off post about this, but it turns out that it was one of Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun projects. He's always thinking of clever things to post about. What is on your Genealogy Bucket List? What research locations do … [Read more...]

Ireland Loses a Daugther

Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

Mary Jane (Corrigan) Zalewski April 27, 1926 - August 10, 2011 Today we lost my grandmother, Mary Jane Zalewski, one of the world's biggest fans of Irish heritage. Born in Ashland, Wisconsin on April 27, 1926 along with her twin brother, Tommy, to Maurice & Agnes (Braatz) Corrigan. Story … [Read more...]

Looking for Genealogy on Netflix?

I've been a customer of Netflix for many years now. Back when I first signed up, it was only DVDs by mail. Now you get instantly streaming shows and movies into your living room through a PC or an XBox or a Wii console and it's glorious. I've run across a bunch of different history and genealogy … [Read more...]

Single View: William Henry Thompson

1850 Census

I thought I'd take an Irish theme on the latest entry into my "Single View" post series since today is St. Patrick's Day. Though, there is some confusion to where this ancestor originally came from. William Henry THOMPSON was born sometime between 1810 and 1816 in either Ireland, England, or … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

Thomas & Emma Corrigan Family

This is as Irish as I can get today. I don't have many pictures of my CORRIGAN ancestors before this time. This is the Thomas CORRIGAN family with his wife Emma Jane FIRMENICH (who is also part German and French.) My great-grandfather, Maurice CORRIGAN, is their oldest son. My guess is that this … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: MORAN

This week I decided to do a Surname Saturday on one of my wife's surnames, Moran. The MORAN surname first shows up in her tree with Robert MORAN who was born in Ireland in 1820. We're not exactly sure where in Ireland. Tracing this name into Ireland is like tracing the JOHNSON surname in America … [Read more...]

SNGF – Sweet 16

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings came up with this fun post on Saturday. I thought I'd give it a try. Here is your SNGF assignment for the evening (if you choose to accept it - this is not stump the genealogist or even Mission Impossible): 1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents in pedigree chart … [Read more...]