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.

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