SNGF: Ancestral Roulette

This week on Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is Ancestral Name List Roulette. The rules are as follows: How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette … [Read more...]

How to Find Purchased Land

I thought I would write a post on how to convert one of your ancestor's Land Records into an actual physical location. Right now, I only have the information on how to do this in Wisconsin with the resources that they have available. Other states may have these items available too. Your mileage may … [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 Ancestry.com, the surname along with the preposition de (‘from’), denoting someone from either of two places called Broux, … [Read more...]

Weekly History: Sept 13th – 19th

September 14th 1838 - Born - Margaret SCHUMACHER - Margaret is my 3rd-great-grandmother on my father's side. She was born in Wurttemberg, Germany. She married Henry STEARNS in about 1862 and then immigrated to Wisconsin. She passed away on 9 May 1908 at Philips, Price Co., Wisconsin and is buried … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Firmenich Family

Thanks to the power of the Internet, I came into possession of this digital photo. I saw via Ancestry.com's new "Member Connect" feature that another user was researching my 3rd-great-grandparents, Mathias & Paulina Firmenich. I contacted her and we traded information and then she sent me this … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Firmenich Girls

This is a photo of the 3 youngest daughters of Mathias & Pauline (THOMPSON) FIRMENICH; Ida, Edna, and Claire. As it is noted, I'm assuming this photo was taken in the Summer of 1912, which would be two years after the death of their mother, Pauline. It was probably taken in the Ashland/Sanborn, … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Maria BRAATZ

Maria Braatz

I have a new headstone for today. Thanks to Steph F at Find-a-Grave, I now have a photo of the headstone of my 3rd-great-grandmother, Maria BRAATZ. I had run across the info from a transcription of a few cemeteries in Waupaca County, Wisconsin. She is buried at Little Wolf Cemetery in Manawa, … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: What’s Next

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So, I'm coming to the end of my family tree tombstone photos. So, instead of trying to find a new one of those to post, I thought I'd post some general cemetery photos. While visiting the cemeteries to find the stones of my ancestors I'd sometimes just take random photos. Some of them turned out … [Read more...]