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 born 22 February 1831. Though, the place of birth is somewhat more of a mystery as I have only been able to track it to “Germany” which could mean almost anywhere in central […]

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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…
Desire & Desiree

Desire & Desiree


The fifteenth ancestor is my 52 week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Jean Joseph Desire DeBROUX. When I originally received the information…

German Braatz


The thirteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my paternal 3rd-great-grandmother, Maria (KLEGIN) BRAATZ. The only documented evidence that I have…
The Papermaker

The Papermaker


The twelfth ancestor on my 52 week challenge is my wife's great-great-grandfather on her maternal side, Alexander Felix BANACH (or sometimes BANNACH.)…

Visualizing the Tree


Now that FamilySearch Family Tree is live and they also allow other programs to access that data on your behalf, we're able…
Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

Moving Pictures


I am slowly entering the realm of using video for genealogy. I literally just started my genealogy YouTube channel yesterday. I have…