52 Ancestors

52 Ancestors: A Memorable Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted on February 16, 2018 in 52 Ancestors, 52Ancestors

                I originally found this card in the box of photos that I inherited from my parents after the death of my father in 1989. It is a card that my father, William Condy Furlani, sent to my mother, Marguerite “Mickey” Noble Furlani for Valentine’s Day, the 14th of February 1944. The card […]

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52 Ancestors: The Genealogy of a Name

Posted on February 6, 2018 in 52 Ancestors, 52Ancestors

I think I’ll have some fun with this week’s theme, Favorite Name, and use my name. My complete name is Eileen Ann Elizabeth Rachel Furlani Wunder Birkmeier Santiago Shorter Souza. Gosh, I have so many names I feel like Albus Dumbledore! How did I arrive at this name game? I was baptized Eileen Ann Furlani. Eileen was for my maternal […]

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52 Ancestors: Who Are Mary Catherine’s Parents?

Posted on January 31, 2018 in 52 Ancestors, 52Ancestors

While this research and analysis used other records, the primary stimulus were the census records. This post will illustrate (I hope) how I used census records as indirect evidence to support my inference that Mary C. Meisberger was Mary C. Strausser and the daughter of Peter and Sarah Strausser. I was searching for my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger in the […]

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52 Ancestors: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Posted on January 25, 2018 in 52 Ancestors, 52Ancestors

I can see the table now set with my best china and silverware, surrounded by eight empty chairs, waiting for the arrival of my nominated ancestors. Of course, two of the chairs are reserved for my husband and me. I could not narrow down the list of ancestors to one couple, so I settled on three couples, who are my […]

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52 Ancestors: Long-Lived and Not So Long-Lived

Posted on January 19, 2018 in 52 Ancestors, 52Ancestors, Family History

For this theme, I decided to write first about my oldest living relative and finally about a group of my relatives who, by our norms today, did not get to live very long. I was very happy to be able to find a blood relative that lived to be 88 years of age and is the oldest in my tree. […]

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52 Ancestors: The Bianchi Women

Posted on January 13, 2018 in 52 Ancestors, 52Ancestors

  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’s my favorite photo. 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. […]

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52 Ancestors: Starting My Family Research

Posted on January 11, 2018 in 52 Ancestors

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, initiated by Amy Johnson Crow, is a series of weekly prompts to get you to think about an ancestor and share something about them. The guesswork of “who should I write about” is taken care of. The first theme is Start. Candido Furlani was known as Condy Furlani and he is my paternal […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #32 Margaret Bettinger Meisberger (1807 – 1879)

Posted on August 13, 2015 in 52 Ancestors, Family History

The theme for Week 32 is “32”. Let’s focus on one of your 32 3rd-great-grandparents. Margarethe Bettinger is one of my maternal 3rd great-grandmothers.  According to her marriage record, she was born on 17 February 1807 in Dörrenbach, Südliche Weinstraße, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Her parents are Johan Nicolaus Bettinger and Magdalena Holzer Margarethe (Margaret) Bettinger married Michel Meisberger on 10 August 1837 […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #31 Candido Furlani (1888 – 1938)

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

The theme for Week 31 is “Easy: We ended July with “Challenging”, so it seems fitting to begin August with “Easy”. Which ancestor has been easy to research? (Come on, there has to be one!).” For this theme, I selected my paternal grandfather, Candido Luigi Furlani, who immigrated to the US in 1907. All my lines hit the proverbial brick […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #30 Andrew C Gunther (1858 – 1931) – A Research Challenge

Posted on July 28, 2015 in 52 Ancestors, Family History

The theme for Week 30 is “Challenging: It’s a good time to take a look at another challenging-to-research ancestor.”   My great-grandfather, Andrew (Andreas) C. Gunther, is one of my major brick walls. He is challenging to research on several points. According to his death certificate and supported by the 1900 US census, Andrew was born 11 February 1858 in Germany. […]

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