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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Julius Tobias

The ancestor I spend the most time thinking about by far is Julius Tobias, my great great great grandfather. I admit I’m biased; as a Civil War buff, I have a tendency to focus on my Civil War ancestors. Julius … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Bridget McGovern

I wrote about Bridget (McGovern) Kiernan once before, my great great great grandmother who came to America with her children after her husband, Philip, had died. What I omitted from that post was that basically up until that day, I had … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Herman and Julia Erlanger

I read this article on Slate recently about the origin of Jewish names, which got me thinking about my own last name: Erlanger. It’s one of the only indicators of the German heritage that peeks its way through the branches … Continue reading

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DNA Revisited

Long time, no post. You might recall a little over a year ago that I got my DNA mapped by Ancestry. It was cool and exciting and I was probably one of the only people who didn’t cry outrage at … Continue reading

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“She won’t be long after me.”

March 14 — Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column? The Emmens (or Emmons, depending on who you ask) branch of my family … Continue reading

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Crossing the Irish Sea

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! As you might recall from this post, I have a bit of Irish ancestry running through my veins (93%!). Most of my direct ancestors are Irish and those who weren’t often married an Irish man … Continue reading

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Eight lives for the men and nine for the women

I’ve talked about this before, but genealogy has the misfortune of often being male-focused. Blame it on our fascination with soldiers added to the unique privilege men enjoy of never having to change their last name. Take this blog, for example: I’ve … Continue reading

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