Road Trip to Quincy Township

Lucia and I paid a visit in July to my Aunt Susie in Rochester, Minnesota.  On a beautiful, but hot summer day, we drove over together to Quincy Township, about 20 miles east.  We were hoping to find the farm where our ancestors, Avery Vermilya…
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2020 Ethnicity Estimate Update

Well, here we go again.  AncestryDNA recently released a new ethnicity update, apparently an annual exercise at this point.    The company keeps adding new samples to their reference populations and updating the logarithms that define ethnic…

Photo Discovery: 2GGs John K. & Alice Vermilyea

In plodding through my Mother's personal effects, I recently came across a 1921 family reunion photo involving several Vermilyea brothers and their relations.  It's 99 years old!  One of the brothers in the photograph is John Knickerbocker…
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Display Your Ancestry Over the Fireplace!

There are lots of ways to display your family tree, but here's one I bet you never heard of.  My father, Nelson Jonnes, had the idea 20 years ago to create a fireplace mantel that displayed the key surnames in his ancestry.  He asked his good…
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Charcoal Drawings of Bernt & Bertha Bonn

In a previous post (here), I unveiled new photographs of Bernt Olsen Bonn (1856-1937) and Bertha Pettersdatter Aaberge (1865-1936) which were obtained last year from our Norwegian cousins in the Sogndal area. This summer, we brought…
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Harriet Kennelly Was Orphaned at a Young Age

My very first breakthrough when I started working on the family tree a decade ago came in our Kennelly line of ancestors. My Father's 1995 genealogy report went back no further than Harriet Kennelly (1835-1906), his great-grandmother and…

Gravestone Discovery: 4GG Henry King

In a 2018 post, I detailed the case for Henry King as the father of 3GG Stephen W. King (1824-1865).  See it here.  The conclusion was that Henry was a good candidate, but more evidence was required to be sure of the relationship.  The analysis…

The Illegitimate Baby of Rosalie Rist

We've been exploring my Alsatian heritage rather extensively in recent weeks.  (See blog posts here, here, here, and here.)  While reviewing one last time all the parish and civil vital records for Dannemarie, France, I discovered an intriguing…
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Articles Published in 2016 on 2GG Fred A. King

In 2016, I wrote three articles that were published in consecutive editions of the Minnesota Genealogist.  All three articles were about my ancestor Fred A. King (1857-1920): Searching for the Parents of Fred A. King of Saginaw, Michigan((Steven…

Pushing the Line Back in Alsace

I finally received the pre-1793 parish records for Dannemarie in Alsace, France.  I mentioned this previously (here).  I ordered them from the Centre de Recherches sur l'Histoire des Families in Guebwiller, Alsace. The package took a month…