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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 E…

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Motivational Monday: Belgium

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.
I am tremendously close to finishing my sourcing from my Whitehead binder.  I should be able to finish it by the end of Sunday.
I also need to work on organizing my blog categories.  At the very least I would like to finish updating the surname category.

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 Nuwe…


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.

Spend at least 1 hour a week on my genealogy, whether research or organization.
Read at least 1 genealogy book a month and post about it here.
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.
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 re…