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Surname Saturday – Ward (Ireland / Illinois)

My WARD line is one of my more challenging lines.  The earliest known ancestor is my third great-grandfather, James WARD and I don’t know much about him.  He was apparently married prior to marrying my third great-grandmother, Bridget, but I have no information about his first wife.  The only clues come from the 1880 census, which shows James with three additional children, all born before James and Bridget married.

And, for the longest time, I though Bridget’s maiden name was Shevlin/Shevlan, but after some digging and a closer look at their marriage certificate, I’m not so sure; she may have been married previously as well.  A lot of mystery around this family.  Here’s what I know so far.

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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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SNGF – Ethnicity

Randy’s challenge for this evening is as follows:

List your 16 great-grandparents in pedigree chart order. List their birth and death years and places.

Figure out the dominant ethnicity or nationality of each of them.

Calculate your ancestral ethnicity or nationality by adding them up for the 16 – 6.25% for each (obviously, this is approximate).

If you don’t know all 16 of your great-grandparents, then do it for the last full generation you have.

Write your own blog post, or make a comment on Facebook or in this post.

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SNGF – 100 Years Ago

The challenge for Randy’s Saturday Night Fun is:

  1. Which of your ancestors were alive in 1909?
  2. Tell us where your ancestral families were living in 1909. What country, state, county,  city/town, etc. Who was in the family at the time? Use the 1910 census as “close enough.”
  3. Have you found each of these families in the 1910 census?
  4. Write a blog post about your response. Or write a comment to this post.
  5. Have fun. Learn something!

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Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

Taking the bait from Craig over at GeneaBlogie, here’s my list of names, places, and most wanted faces.

Names Places
Cahill Cook Co., Illinois
Kane Co. Illinois
Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland
Garrison Cook Co., Illinois
Picton, Ontario, Canada
Leppin Cook Co., Illinois
McMahon Cook Co. Illinois
Tipperary, Ireland
Miller/Mueller/Muller Cook Co., Illinois
Millet Kane Co., Illinois
Kilkenny, Ireland
Mulligan Genesee Co., Michigan
Norton/Naughton Connecticut
Rutland Co. Vermont
Parks/Parke New London Co., Connecticut
Oakland Co., Michigan
Rottman Cook Co., Illinois
Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois (Quad Cities)
Ryan Tipperary, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Schwartz Kane Co., Illinois
Luxemburg, Germany
Stoffel Cook Co., Illinois
Frankfort, Germany
Trapp Cook Co., Illinois
Lake Co., Illinois
Wach Cook Co., Illinois
Prussia, Brandenburg, Germany
Ward Cook Co. Illinois
Webster New England States
Oakland Co., Michigan

Most Wanted Faces

I’d really like to find Sarah Jane WARD McMahon’s parents.  Mother’s name was Bridget; father’s name unknown to me.  Both were born in Ireland.

Also on the list, Hulda WACH Miller’s parents.  Mother’s name was Amelia/Emilie; father’s name is unknown to me.  Both were born in Germany.