Johann Peter Firmenich

The thirty-sixth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my 4th-great-grandfather, Johann Peter FIRMENICH (Think it’s pronounced Fer-meh-nick.) I don’t have a lot of information on Johann. His birth date of 1792 in Prussia is estimated from US Census records (though, one lists him as being born in France.) There is a promising record over at the Germany Births […]

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The Whipples

The Whipples


The thirty-fifth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's maternal 4th-great-grandfather, Lyman Eugene WHIPPLE. According to the information we have, he was…
Arnold & Shannon

Arnold & Shannon


The thirty-third ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's maternal 3rd-great-grandmother, Rosina Winslow (Arnold) Shannon. Multiple census sources note that she was…

Chromosome Mapping


After getting my DNA tests completed and for the past few years pouring over that data using tools like GEDMatch, and most…

The Zalewski Wall


The thirty-first ancestor in my 52-week challenge is the ancestor that I've probably written about more than any other, my paternal great-great-grandfather, Frank…
Jean Baptiste

Jean Baptiste


The thirtieth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Jean [John] Baptiste LAURENT. He was born in 1825 on January…