Famous Family Connections

I have recently taken closer notice of a neat (albeit, questionable) feature of WikTree called Connections.  This feature tells you who you are related to by direct “most recent common ancestor” (MRCA), as cousins through marriage, and directly descended from (this would be the most questionable to be taken with a grain of salt…read on). I … Continue reading Famous Family Connections

Letters Home: July 31, 1944, Anniversary wishes

Yes, nearly a year between letters! Perhaps one day, we will locate the "lost letters of 1943-1944". After their successful mision in the Caroline Islands, the Task Group headed on to Hollandia, New Guinea. Mamie and the task force settled at Seeadler Harbor, Manus (Admiral Islands) for restocking and staging. In April 1943, they traversed … Continue reading Letters Home: July 31, 1944, Anniversary wishes

Will the correct James Coomer please stand up?

UPDATE: It's amazing what can change in just a few days. After posting this my father-in-law's Y-DNA (37) results came in and he has three confirmed (genealogically) matches to descendants of William Coomer and Sukea Beasley from Stokes County, North Carolina! All three matches descend from three different sons of William and Sukea - bonus. … Continue reading Will the correct James Coomer please stand up?

The Smart Aleck – Christiane Friedericka Geiger

As I continue to work on cleaning up my tree and source citations, I will continue to transcribe write-ups for certain ancestors covered by Great-Aunt Eileen in The Smart Aleck. I have transcribed the articles for Charles Aleck, his father, Xaver, and grandfather, Lorenz. So let's see what Eileen had on Charles' wife, Christiane Friedericka … Continue reading The Smart Aleck – Christiane Friedericka Geiger

The Carpenters of Carpenter’s Station (extended)

My father-in-law recently asked me if his Carpenter ancestor was related to the same family who founded Carpenter’s Station, Kentucky.  So, my next genealogy question is, was Mary M Carpenter, wife of Woodson Ellis, descended from the three Carpenter brothers who founded Carpenter’s Station? There is frustratingly few records available for this timeframe in Kentucky. The … Continue reading The Carpenters of Carpenter’s Station (extended)