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...]

Johann Thielke

With the change in the way I built my "Everything I Know" sites, I added a new one. This one is about my maternal great-great grandfather, Johann THIELKE. This is the first one I've done on my maternal line. It's also actually the first one I've done with not a lot of information. The first two I … [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...]