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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 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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