The Illegitimate Baby of Rosalie Rist (1801-1890)

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…

New Addition to Family DNA Project

I neglected DNA analysis last year but am determined to spend more time on it this year.  Taking the SLIG course, Genetic Genealogy, in January was the first step. Secondly, I am proceeding with visual phasing of my siblings and I.  This…

Images of 3rd Great-Grandparents

It is rare to find images of third great-grandparents (3GGs). In my previous post here, I reported the discovery of a photograph of Berte Mikkelsdatter Vikheim (1812-1883), a 3GG.  Although she's the first Norwegian, she is the eighth 3GG…

Photo Discovery: 3GG Berthe Mikkelsdatter Vikheim

Boy, do I love finding new photographs of ancestors! A DNA match reached out to me last week.  It turned out she is one of our many Albertson cousins in Minnesota and has several 19th century images she was kind enough to share.  The key…
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My Alsatian Ancestors Crossed the Atlantic in 1827

Oh my goodness ... when it rains it pours.  Without really expecting to, I found the ship passenger record for Lawrence & Rose Whaley when they immigrated from France! As the previous two blog posts have discussed here and here, I've…

1823 Alsatian Marriage Record Is Translated

In my previous post, I revealed a major discovery about my Whaley-Rist ancestry, which is up-line from my Miller ancestors.  I found the marriage record for 4GGs Lawrence Whaley (1796-1870) and Rose Whaley (1801-1890) in the French civil registration…
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Discovery: Alsatian Marriage Record for Whaley Ancestors

In prepping for the Europe trip we're probably not going on, I started reviewing the information I had collected in the past about my Alsatian ancestors.  In doing so, I made a major discovery!  I found the original French marriage record…

Wuhan Flu Jeopardizes Trip to Europe

I'm sure we're not the first victims or the last, but it appears that the Covid-19 coronavirus situation is finally impacting our planned trip to Europe this year. Our 3-week trip is supposed to happen 16 April - 7 May.  It includes stays…