Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Your Father’s Mother’s Patrilineal Line

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings has given us this Saturday Night Genealogy Fun assignment:

1) What was your father’s mother’s name?
2) What is your father’s mother’s patrilineal line? That is, her father’s father’s father’s … back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?
3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father’s mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.
4) Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google Plus post.

1. My father’s mother was Anna Bianchi Furlani (1894 – 1973). She was born in Atlas, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania to Bonaventura Bianchi (1855 – 1906) and Mary [Maria] Bunt Bianchi (1865 – 1944).

2. Anna patrilineal line was:

  • Bonaventura Bianchi (1855 – 1906), who was born in Italy, and married Mary [Maria] Bunt Bianchi ( 1865 – 1944), who was born in Bohemia, somewhere in Europe possibly around 1880.

And there we run smack into my brick wall.

3. Anna had four brothers and seven sisters.

  •  Peter Bianchi (1882 – bef. 1930), married Katie Gower in 1908. They had two daughters and one son, Vincent (1911 – 1970).
    • Vincent Bianchi, son of Peter Bianchi, may have married and had children.
  • Henry Richard Bianchi (1885 – 1955), married Else R. Shuda (1887 – 1959). They had one daughter.
  • Leon (Attilio) Victor Bianchi (1891 – 1949), married Helen Grochowski Toczylowski (1890 – 1962). She had two sons and one daughter from a previous marriage. Together Helen and Leon had three sons:
    • Victor Bianchi (1925 – 1997), son of Leon Bianchi, married Vera Sisi. They had one daughter.
    • Gerald Bianchi (1927 – 2009), son of Leon Bianchi, married Theresa Way (1924 – unknown). They had two sons:
      • Gerald Bianchi, Jr. was born 1955. Marriage and children are unknown.
      • David Bianchi (1958 – 1960).
    • Anthony Victor Bianchi (1928 – unknown), may have married and had sons.
  • Charles Bianchi (1898 – Unknown) and Mary Zelinski (1901 – Unknown) had one daughter born in 1923. I have a marriage application for them but it does not show that a marriage actually took place.

Whether Bonaventura had any brothers is unknown. The descendants of Peter Bianchi and Leon Bianchi may offer some candidates for the Y-DNA test with additional research.

This was an enlightening exercise since I did not think I had any living Y-DNA candidates in my family. I was pleasantly surprised and I look forward to completing this research. Thank you, Randy.


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4 Responses to Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Your Father’s Mother’s Patrilineal Line

  1. Dana says:

    I really enjoyed this exercise, too! Now I’m interested in finding possible Y-DNA testers for each of my more recent surnames.

  2. Great post. It was fun to think about, wasn’t it?

  3. That’s great you have some possible DNA testers! I had fun with this challenge to.

  4. Francesca Thomas says:

    I have one really major brick wall that I have not been able to break in over 20 years of research. And this brick wall, just so happens to be on my fathers mother patrilineal line!! My paternal grandmother was named Lily Burrow. She was born in New Zealand, one of 11 surviving children. Her parents were both born in Devonshire. The brick wall comes from Lily’s great grandparents. Her great grandmother was Amy Hancock, from Somerset. I have traced Amy’s family back to the 1600s with no problems. Lily’s great grandfather was named John Burrow or possibly Burrough. I know everything about him from the day he married Amy until the day he died. But even after 20 years and more of searching, I still do NOT know who his parents were, or where and when exactly he was born. I have a year of Birth from his death certificate, but I have no idea how accurate that was. Especially since that age seems to indicate that John was 25 years older than Amy.

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