This all started when, on a whim, I decided to see what happened in Milwaukee 100 years ago. I went to the Google News Archive site for The Milwaukee Journal and brought up the paper from March 19, 1915 (I know, I was one day off.) I read a few front-page stories and then ran […]

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Memories of Grandma


Marjorie Jean (DeBroux) Thielke 8 June 1927 - 13 February 2015 Earlier today, my maternal grandmother passed away. Her death, while not…

In Honor of Grandma


I'm going to be doing a few posts this week about my maternal grandmother's ancestry in honor of her. She has not…

The Year of the DNA


As some of you may know, genetic genealogy exploded in 2014. Hundreds of thousands of people have now tested their DNA with the…

Frank F Braatz


The forty-first ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my paternal great-great grandfather, Frank F BRAATZ. According to his obituary, he was born 17…

Eva (Sońefeld) Lindner


[caption id="attachment_1620" align="alignright" width="300"] St. Barbara Parish in Święte - © 2011 Photos - Kaja Gwincińska[/caption] The thirty-ninth ancestor in my 52-week…

The Great Peshtigo Fire


The thirty-eighth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Adrien FRANCOIS. His birth is listed as 18 March 1832 in Mont-Saint-Guibert,…
Michael John Corrigan

Michael John Corrigan


The thirty-seventh ancestor in my 52-week challenge, is my paternal 4th-great-grandfather, Michael John CORRIGAN. He is the furthest back that Corrigan researchers have…