Category Archives: Dad’s Side

Ancestor Adventuring and Adventures – 52 Ancestors (Ancestors 22, 24, 25, 46, 47, 62, 63, 72, 73, 96, 114, 480, 960)

Lately, I’ve been writing a few articles to go along with the weekly suggested themes of the 52 Ancestors Challenge. It’s what got me started with this blog in January 2014* during Amy Johnson Crow’s first year of the challenge. … Continue reading

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William COTTER and Catherine (SHANAHAN) COTTER: From Ireland to America 1849 – 52 Ancestors (Ancestors 46 and 47)

William COTTER and Catherine (SHANAHAN) COTTER were already married when they emigrated from Ireland to New York in 1849. They brought some of their children with them, and some were born in the USA.

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Elizabeth (CORMACK) RENFRO – A Nice, Big X Match (Ancestor 45)

Elizabeth (CORMACK) RENFRO – A Nice, Big X Match (Ancestor 45) If you’ve been studying genetic genealogy for a bit, you may understand X DNA, but I’ll give a summation here. X DNA is different from regular autosomal DNA. The … Continue reading

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Henry Pat ANTON (1872-1943) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 10)

I didn’t know that my paternal grandmother’s father had a middle name until Ancestry  added its “U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007” a few years ago. There is no middle name on his death certificate, and I had … Continue reading

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Joseph H. VIRKLER – Cheese Manufacturer, Sewing Machine Agent, “Segar” Salesman, and Real Estate Builder – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 18)

I have been halted by perfectionism while writing an article about a different ancestor. It seems like it will never get finished, as I’ve been “working on it” for nearly two years. It will, but will it take another year? … Continue reading

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