Black Sheep Family Members

The Black Sheep Family Member Everyone has them. Nobody really likes talking about them. Yeah, that happened. Sometimes we will find documentation of black sheep ancestors or related events that aren't particularly glowing or positive. Such findings are pieces of history, right? Yes, however, making the decision to share - or not - is an important consideration. Black [...]

RootsTech 2016 – here I come!

I am humbled to report that my proposal for RootsTech 2016 has been accepted! After taking a bit of a sabbatical from teaching, my genealogical research exploded into full-on OCD mode. I became a loyal follower of genealogists such as Christa Cowan, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Thomas MacEntee and Dick Eastman. I put all of my research training to [...]

The Kruse Family: Germans from Russia who came to America

After looking at copious amounts of documents in German, something hit me square in the forehead...why is my GG Louise Kruse listed as being born in Germany sometimes and other times as being born in Russia. The same thing goes for most of her family, excepting a few siblings who appear to have been born [...]

Family Feuds Or The Spice Of Genealogy

An outstanding post that I have been thinking on for several days now…it’s inevitable that we’ll come across conflict (and other things) in genealogical research. Such are the reasons that objectivity ensures good research and helps us process the big picture of our families in the process.

Moore Genealogy

From left to right. Back Row; Pauline Bonnett, Florence Bonnett and Claude Bonnett.  Front Row Harry Bonnett, Bessie Barney Bonnett, Verna Bonnett, and Mary Guyette Barney Douglas. Picture taken about 1913. From left to right. Back Row; Pauline Bonnett, Florence Bonnett and Claude Bonnett. Front Row Harry Bonnett, Bessie Barney Bonnett, Verna Bonnett, and Mary Guyette Barney Douglas. Picture taken about 1913.

The pictures in this post were an incredible find. I obtained them by contacting a person who had a family tree listed in ancestry.com. While it was not very complete, it held some information that caught my interest. I sent a request to the tree owner asking if we could exchange information. I believe this is something we all should do as it helps us all in our genealogy research. I cannot understand why some of us are so reluctant to share our information. This time however I hit the genealogy jackpot. I was soon put in touch with Julia, who was the keeper of the family records. She was to send me old family letters, pictures, property transfer…

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Research Regroup

My research background is in the organizational/behavioral sciences and STEM. Essentially it's people, process, and tools [though I add organizations]. My research is usually quantitative (therefore, impersonal) and objectivity has been beaten into my head, courtesy of past professors. Genealogical research has shown to be quite a different challenge, however, I was lucky to have some tools [...]

Louise Kruse, wife of Luke Aloysius Meechan

Louise Kruse married Luke Aloysius Meechan and Thomas F. Meehan, II, married Sophia Irion on the same day, in the same church in Michigan. The "boys" were in Michigan for mining jobs and I suspect the girls were friends. Later I'll discuss the mess that was the marriage records - yikes. For now, meet Louise! Somewhere [...]

The Immigration Mystery: Thomas Francis Meechan

In trying to trace my 2nd great grandfather back to Ireland, I had been searching for his parents John and Susan as well. In talking with my cousin, Eugene Patrick Meechan, he gave me the version of the immigration story that he'd heard... According to this version of the immigration story, Thomas came to the [...]