Sunday, January 13, 2013

SNGF: Semi-Random Research

Randy Seaver's  Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at Genea-Musings:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight...

2)  Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the very last person on your list of names is.

3)  What do you know about this person based on your research?  It's OK to do more if you need to - in fact, it's encouraged!

4)  How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

5)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.

The last person in my Legacy database is Henry Zwilling, my 4th great-grandfather, who was married to Anna Maria Gossman/Gassman and had at least one child, Elizabeth.  In a somewhat unrelated note, this Elizabeth is probably one reason I have the middle name Elizabeth.  She is my grandma's great-grandmother and I wonder if that is where her parents got her middle name (also Elizabeth).

And that is all the information I have...

So to we go.  Thanks to some enterprising relatives, there is quite a bit on Ancestry for Henry.  He appears to have been born in the Alsace region of France around 1804.  He emigrated to America and lived in Lancaster, Erie Co., NY, where he died in 1890.

There are the usual census and tax records and confused family trees.  The most interesting are the scanned image of his citizenship document and the land ownership map.

Henry is on my "to research someday" list.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Motivational Monday: Belgium

  1. My 3rd great-grandmother, Catherine Scheer Kollin was born 14 July 1822 in Belgium.  She married Jacob Kollin and died 21 Jan 1901 in Bennington Center, Wyoming, New York.  I am visiting Belgium in a few weeks and was hoping to visit her home town, except that I have no idea how to do research on Belgium and I kind of forgot I wanted to research it when I booked my plane ticket 5 months ago, so it wasn't looking good.  With some help from an member tree and the website Messancy, I found her parents and place of birth, Messancy. Belgium.  She also has ancestors who lived in Sprinkange, Luxembourg and Mondercange, Luxembourg.   This week I need to look into these areas and plan a day trip there from Belgium.

  2. I am tremendously close to finishing my sourcing from my Whitehead binder.  I should be able to finish it by the end of Sunday.

  3. I also need to work on organizing my blog categories.  At the very least I would like to finish updating the surname category.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

SNGF: Where Were They 100 Years Ago?

From Randy at Genea-Musings:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 January 1913 - 100 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

  • My great-great grandparents Joseph Acquard, Jr. (1855) and Mary Kollin (unknown) lived in Bennington Center, Wyoming, NY with their children including my great grandfather Florian (1899).

  • My great-great grandparents Franciszek Karpinski (1880) and Jozefa Szydlik (1886) were living with their daughter Genevieve in Buffalo, Erie, NY.  It is possible their parents were living in Poland, but I have not done any research there yet.

  • My great-great grandparents George Nuwer (1869) and Anna Zeapfel (1874) were living with their children, including my great grandfather Albert (1906), at their house on Westwood in Alden, Erie, NY.  I have photos of this home.  I am not sure where George's mother, Elizabeth Nitcher (1843) was at this time.

  • Anna's parents, Joseph Zeapfel (1837) and Elizabeth Zwilling (1847)  lived with some of their children in Lancaster, Erie, NY.

  • My great-great grandparents Marco Casillo (1868) and Caroline Izzo (1876) lived with their children, including my great grandfather Alfred Casell (1906), in  Buffalo, Erie, NY.

  • My great-great grandparents William Eichhorn and Augusta Tross were also living in Buffalo, with their children including my great grandmother Lillian Eichhorn (1908).  William's mother Catherine Weiss (1849) was also probably living in Buffalo at this time.

  • Augusta's mother, Maria Strassheim (1841) was living in Buffalo with her daughter Catherina's family.

  • My great-great grandparents Charles Whitehead (1872) and Anna Sanderson (1871) were living in Buffalo with their children including my great grandfather William (1896).

  • My great-great grandparents Jacob Gress (1869) and Elizabeth Fink (1867) were living with their children, including my great grandmother Vera (1900), in Buffalo.

  • Jacob's mother Sophia Passel (1849) was also living in Buffalo.  She had a few boarders at this time.

  • Elizabeth's mother Barbara Fleeman (1846) was living in Buffalo with 2 of her children.

I do not have many photos of the homes of my ancestors.  I now have a project for the next time I'm visiting Buffalo.

Friday, January 4, 2013


Hello little blog.  I've missed you.  2012 turned out to be a pretty crazy year and I promise to update on that soon, but first I just want to say hi to all my readers out there.  Thanks for sticking around.

My only resolution for 2013 is to get back into the hobbies that I most enjoy.  Genealogy is near the top of that list and I have a few goals to go along with that.

  1. Spend at least 1 hour a week on my genealogy, whether research or organization.

  2. Read at least 1 genealogy book a month and post about it here.

  3. Post at least 2 times a week on my blog about my exploits.  These can be about genealogy, libraries, travel or just general updates on life.

  4. Update/organize categories and pages on the blog.

I have been organizing my apartment and am shocked at the amount of genealogical research I have just sitting in boxes.  Many boxes, in many rooms, full of glorious information that I couldn't find if my life depended on it and that is probably not in my genealogy program.  So while new research is always my favorite thing to do, I think organizing the information I have into nice binders and source citations in Legacy is probably a better plan.

I'm looking forward to catching up on all my genealogy blogs in my Reader and finding new ones, too.  Happy New Year!

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