Monthly Archives: March 2014

52 Ancestors: #12 Michel Meisberger

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

  Writing these weekly vignettes really reveals the gaps in my family research so please understand that this is a work in progress. This week I would like to highlight my 3rd great-grandfather, Michel Meisberger. According to his marriage certificate, Michel (Michael) was born 04 June 1812 in Winterbach, Sankt Wendel, Saarland, Germany. At that time, the area was in […]

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52 Ancestors: #11 Theresa Bianchi Concini (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

  My great-aunt, Theresa Bianchi Concini, was born 1883/1884 in Luxemburg (Prussia) according to her marriage record. Other sources have her variously born in Prussia, Germany, and Italy. She was four years old when she came with her parents, Bonaventura and Maria Bunt Bianchi, to the United States. At that time, the family had been living in Dudelingen, which I […]

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52 Ancestors: #10 Leon Victor Bianchi (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

  My great-uncle, Leon Victor Bianchi, was born Attilio Bianchi on 17 April 1891 in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, the son of Bonaventura and Mary Bianchi. I do not know when this family moved from Hazleton to Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania but they appear on the 1900 US census in this location. In this census, Attilio now appears and […]

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52 Ancestors: #9 Killing Off Mary Catherine Strausser

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

My starting hypothesis is that Mary Catherine Strausser, wife of my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger, is the child of Peter Strausser and Sarah Strausser. I am still in the process of proving this one but here is my circumstantial evidence. My greatest persuader is the fact that Theobald sold Sarah Strausser a family property, something I don’t think he would […]

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