52 Ancestors – Week 1: “First” – The First Kornaszewski

This is the story of the first “Kornaszewski”. Or at least, the first one in my family. This is the story of how Antoni Umienski became Walenty Kornaszewski. My 3rd great grandfather, Walenty Kornaszewski, married my 3rd great grandmother, Marta Marcella Piechochowska, in the Catholic parish of Strzelno, in Poland, in 1843. But the same […]

52 Ancestors – #7 Stanisław Wróbel

I started this post on Fat Tuesday in honor of the  holiday (Pączkis anyone?) and the City of Chicago’s 177th Anniversary. I thought it would be nice to do a Polish Catholic Chicagoan for that week’s ancestor profile (I’m only a few weeks behind…). My great grandfather Stanisław Wróbel was born April 14, 1882 in […]

52 Ancestors – #6 Lora C. Jenks

Lora C. Jenks was born around 1820 in Oswego County, New York. Very likely his father was Nathan Jenks, and his mother is still unknown to me. I have no birth or baptism record for Lora. In fact the first record I have for him is his purchase of a tract of land in Ionia […]

52 Ancestors – #5 David Peters

David Peters is my 3rd great grandfather through my paternal grandmother’s line. He is the first in my 52 Ancestors series to not be American. He was born, lived, and died in England. There is no birth certificate for David, but he was baptized on the 20th of August, 1829 in Steyning, Sussex, England, the […]

52 Ancestors – #4 Władysław Filip von Kornaszewski

Władysław Filip von Kornaszewski was born in what was, at the time, Strelno, Bromberg, Posen, Prussia (now Strzelno in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province of Poland) around the year 1845. Outside of his birthplace, I know nothing about his early years. I have yet to find a baptism record for him in the old country, or indications of […]

52 Ancestors – #3 Jennie Dundon

Jennie Dundon was my paternal grandfather’s maternal grandmother (if you follow that), making her my great great grandmother. According to her headstone, she was born September 22, 1872 and died February 8, 1905, a young mother in the prime of her life. The parents listed on her death certificate are “John Trembal” and “Martha Dondon”. […]

52 Ancestors – #1 Jacob Dunn

Even though I’m a few weeks behind I have decided to participate in the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” challenge issued by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. Basically I just chose an ancestor a week, and write about them. I chose to participate in the challenge for a few reasons. The first is just to start […]