Ida (Schavandie) Muhm

The twenty-sixth ancestor (and half-way point) in my 52-week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandmother Ida (SCHAVANDIE) MUHM. Her last name has been recorded in so many different ways, I don’t know which one to settle on anymore. It has been recorded as Schavandie, Schwendie, Swinty, Schwinta, Schwandie, Sivinty, and for some reason Kalahan in the marriage […]

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Wearer of Hats


The twenty-third ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's maternal great-great-grandfather, Gustave Ferdinand Joseph GYRION. [caption id="attachment_2319" align="alignright" width="300"] Gustav &…

Anna Lindner


The twenty-first ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my great-great-grandmother, Anna (LINDNER) ZALEWSKI. I didn't get a post up last week…
Herman Rathke

Herman Rathke


The nineteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my 3rd-great-grandfather, Herman RATHKE. According to vital records and his headstone, Herman was…

Curly Bill


[caption id="attachment_2284" align="alignright" width="250"] Not William Corrigan, but his brother, Patrick. I have no photo of William, but I assume he looked…