After getting my DNA tests completed and for the past few years pouring over that data using tools like GEDMatch, and most recently, Genome Mate, I’ve started to accumulate Most Recent Common Ancestors (MRCA) with some of my DNA matches. How to figure those out is another post entirely. Granted, I don’t have a lot […]

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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…

The Last Thielke


The twenty-eighth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Henry Peter THIELKE. He is the last ancestor that I have…
Ida (Schavandie) Muhm

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…

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 &…