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Surname Saturday – Millett (Ireland / Illinois)

John MILLETT (with variants including Milot, Milett, Millet, Mylett, Mylot) is my third great-grandfather. He lived in Ireland, but may have been born elsewhere. He married Mary RYAN and they had eight known children. At least three of the children left Ireland and settled in the US. I believe I have found a sister for John and hopefully that will provide additional clues and perhaps lead to their parents.

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Surname Saturday: Schwartz (Luxembourg / Illinois)

This week I get to talk about one of my favorite families: SCHWARTZ.  It’s one of my favorites because they came from Luxembourg, which is such a wonderful place to research.  Despite the records being in German (old script at that) and/or French, neither of which I can actually read, records are abundant and readily available.  And, the women are kind enough to keep their maiden name with them at all times!  I’ve found a ton of information on this and my other Luxembourg families, in a very short period of time.  There’s still a lot of work to do, but they’ve probably been one of the easier groups of people to research.

The earliest Schwartz I’ve reached is Laurentius (a.k.a. Lorentz) SCHWARTZ, who is my fifth great-grandfather.  I don’t know much about him, his wife, or any other children, besides the child I descend from.

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Surname Saturday: Cahill (Ireland / Illinois)

This is my first Surname Saturday post, so I figured I’d start with my maiden name.  I’ll probably work in order by ahnetafel number just so I don’t lose my mind trying to remember what names I’ve done.

My CAHILL clan hails from Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland.  Michael CAHILL, my third great-grandfather, it the earliest known/proven ancestor in that line.  At least two of his children left Ireland and settled in Aurora, Kane, Illinois (one son eventually moved to Chicago, Cook, Illinois).

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Accentuate the Positive 2012 GeneaMeme

2012Last weekend, Australian genealogist, Jill Ball, of the blog Geniaus, created a meme related to things we as genealogists accomplished throughout 2012.  The intent is to focus on the POSITIVE…what we did accomplish…and not the things we may have fallen short on.  It’s all about perspective.  In fact, that’s about how I approached my 2012 Achievements post; while I didn’t exactly accomplish what I initially set out to do, I highlighted many of the things I did accomplish, even though they weren’t my original 2012 goals.  In that post I listed several things, but it did not include many of the things on Jill’s meme list.  That being said, this is why I am writing this post.  I encourage you to participate too, just so you can see how much you actually did accomplish in 2012.

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SNGF – “Heritage Pie” Chart

This week’s challenge from Randy is:

  • List your 16 great-great-grandparents with their birth, death and marriage data (dates and places).
  • Determine the countries (or states) that these ancestors lived in at their birth and at their death.
  • For extra credit, go make a “Heritage Pie” chart for the country of origin (birth place) for these 16 ancestors. [Hint: you could use the  chart generator from Kid Zone for this.] [Note: Thank you to Sheri Fenley for the “Heritage Pie” chart idea.]
  • Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook or google+.

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Irish Genealogy Treasures

The 17th edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture is a Genealogy treasure “show and tell.”

Genealogists are treasure hunters of a different kind. Instead of searching for riches, we dig for information. Instead of prizing gold, we value documents – the visual proof of the life stories of families that have passed before us.

Share with us the image of and the story behind a document (or documents) that have been valuable to you during your search for an Irish branch of your family. How and where did you find these documents? What are their significance to your research and/or why are they special to you? Here’s your chance to show off some of your genealogical “loot” at our online “show and tell.”

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