52Ancestors

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #14 – The Bianchi Women, My Favorite Photo

Posted on April 7, 2015 in 52Ancestors, Family History

  I can’t explain why but this photo, of all the photos I have of my family, draws me to it time and time again. It was in the box of photos that my sisters and I inherited from our parents. The only person we ever really knew in this photo was my grandmother, Anna Bianchi Furlani. Mary Bunt Bianchi […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #9 – Mary C. Strausser (1842 – 1897), Born in Norwegian Township or Not?

Posted on March 3, 2015 in 52 Ancestors, 52Ancestors, Family History

  Last night I had a brainstorm. Like many genealogists I spend too many of my sleeping hours mulling over my current brick walls. I can’t remember what led me to begin thinking about the birth place of my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Catherine Strausser, daughter of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser. I remembered that I estimated her birth date […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #8 – Theobald Meisberger (1837 – 1900), Good Deeds or Just Deeds?

Posted on February 25, 2015 in 52Ancestors, Family History

  I’ve written before about my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger but I have not yet written about this aspect of his life. He has the distinction of being my earliest ancestor to own property. Did he do good deeds or did he just own deeds? Well, maybe both. He is mentioned in an 1897 anniversary booklet for St. Edward’s RC […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #7 – I Love to Research Michel Meisberger (1812 – 1878) and His Family

Posted on February 16, 2015 in 52Ancestors, Family History

I really do love to research Michel Meisberger and his wife and sons and daughters mostly because of the wealth of information I have been able to find on this family.   The feeling I received when I read this obituary was that of love— almost 42 years of it. I had a date of 10 April 1878 for his […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #6 Helen Bianchi Ficca (1900 – 1939) (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on February 10, 2015 in 52Ancestors, Family History

  Helen Bianchi is my great aunt. According to her baptismal certificate, she was born 28 October 1900 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and baptized on 11 November 1900 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mt. Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Bonaventura and Mary (Bunt) Bianchi. Helen married Dominic Ficca, son of Nicola and Angeline (D’Orio) Ficca, on […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #5 Will the Real Theobald Casper Meisberger (1837 – 1900) Please Stand Up?

Posted on February 3, 2015 in 52Ancestors, Family History

Over the past year, I have been collecting Pennsylvania death certificates from Ancestry.com for my ancestors. So far, I have accumulated one-hundred and twenty-six (126) certificates. In doing so, I have uncovered a huge puzzle concerning my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Casper Meisberger, as reflected in his children’s death certificates. Theobald died on 13 June 1900 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #4 Peter L. Strausser (1852 – 1919)

Posted on January 27, 2015 in 52Ancestors, Family History

  The suggested theme for this week was to write about an ancestor whose birthday was the closest to mine. I searched my database and came up with three candidates. My birthday is the 20th of January.  My first candidate was Emily Margaret Meisberger, my 2nd great-aunt, whose birthday was the 21st of January; but I wrote about her in […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #3 Maria Bunt Bianchi (1865 – 1944), a Tough Life Takes a Tough Woman

Posted on January 20, 2015 in 52Ancestors, Family History

    The suggested theme for this week was “tough woman.” As soon as I saw the theme, the name of my great-grandmother jumped to mind.  Even though I never met her, I have always thought of her as a very tough woman throughout her life. Maria Bunt (var. Bond, Bont, Bant, Bion, Bonn, Bundt, Pond) was born on 8 […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #2 Marie King 1921 – 1951 (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on January 13, 2015 in 52Ancestors, Family History, Tombstone Tuesday

For this week, I selected a remote collateral ancestor, Marie C. King, since I have only two Kings in my database—Marie and her father. Marie is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. She is the daughter of Francis J. King and Agnes (Shuda) King, who is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. In the 1930 US census, Marie is enumerated as Marie […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #1 Peter Strausser (1818 – 1890) – A Fresh Start and a Genealogy Do-Over

Posted on January 7, 2015 in 52Ancestors, Family History, Genealogy Do-Over

  Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small asked, “What ancestor has been so confusing to research that you’d like to have a fresh start?” I had to select my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Strausser. And it isn’t that researching Peter, himself, is so confusing, it is trying to research his origins and parentage that has been driving me nuts. […]

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