52 Ancestors #2: Frederick Moran

Moran Family

I wasn't really sure who to pick next. I didn't want to pick an ancestor I always talk about, so I opened up RootsMagic and closed my eyes and clicked a random person from the pedigree tree. I picked Frederick MORAN. Frederick MORAN is my wife's paternal great-grandfather. He was born 21 … [Read more...]

Mystery Photo: The Last Family UPDATE

Last Family

So, using the speed and power of the Internet, I come bearing updates. While I didn't completely solve the original issue, I still don't know who is in that photo, I did confirm that is it not the Charles & Augusta Last family. But, I also now have a copy of a family photo of the real Last … [Read more...]

Mystery Photo: The Last Family

Possible Last Family

UPDATE: There is an update posted on this mystery photo. We've been doing a bit of cleaning at my grandparent's  house recently, which has caused us to come across a lot of new family photos from my maternal side. This comes as a double-edged sword as there are some amazing old photos, including … [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...]

Way Back Wednesday: Frances Thompson

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I had the luck of finding a photo of my 4th-great-grandmother while doing some research on her descendant lines on Ancestry.com. I happened to see a photo of her daughter, Mary, with some other people. I clicked on it and saw that it said the name of the older woman was "Frances Thompson." I did a … [Read more...]

Sunday’s Obituary: Emma Firmenich

I'm going to participate in this week's Sunday's Obituary theme. This is the obituary for my great-great grandmother, Emma Jane (FIRMENICH) CORRIGAN in from April 28, 1941. I'm not sure exactly which newspaper since I found the article in my grandmother's collection and she didn't note it. If I … [Read more...]

Amanuensis Monday: Edwin Corrigan Letter

Amanuensis Monday – An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not … [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...]