Weiss to Weiss

Land index - Peter Weiss to Anton Weiss
I’ve found a couple of intriguing entries in the indexes to the land records of Grant County. Both of these clipped images are from the grantee index. The first name is the person who purchased property. The second is the person who sold it: The first is a sale from 25 Feb 1863 from Peter…

Sister Genevieve Parker

Sister M. Genevieve Parker
The following picture is in a photo album of images from my great grandparents travels. I didn’t know how Sister Genevieve Parker fit into my family tree. None of my branches contained anyone by that name, but nuns sometimes adopt new names when they take their vows. Last fall, after I tracked down my third…

New online tree

Pedigree tree of Phil Weiss
When I started working on my genealogy, I used Geni.com. Later, I moved my main genealogy tree to my own personal site running PhpGedView. Unfortunately, that software project hasn’t had new features added in years. I also started using Gramps for managing my research and stopped updating the online tree. But that doesn’t work so…

Mary Murphy Parker 1804 — 13 Aug 1887

Mrs. M. Kenefick
After 3 years of researching Patrick Parker and his wife Mary Murphy, I have found when they died. The marker for Patrick Parker that I previously found in Saint Mary’s church cemetery, east of Ackley Iowa, is indeed my third great grandfather. His wife Mary died on 13 Aug 1887 and was buried in the…

First cousins, Patrick Parker and Leonard Parker

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Last month I requested a copy of the pension application for my second great grand uncle, Stephen Parker, from the National Archives. I got the first 100 pages on CD today. Much of it I already know. But there are some great pieces of evidence in the file that solidify and confirm important details about…

Maggie Burk Parker

Margaret and Mary Parker in 1909 Seattle Directory
The aforementioned Stephen Parker married a Margaret Burk in 1873 in Webster County, Iowa, most likely at the Catholic Church. I’ve also previously noted that their daughters became teachers in the Seattle Public Schools. I’d really like to find out more about his family, so the last week or so I’ve spent looking for records…

More on Stephen Parker

Stephen Parker - Enlistment Oath
Since I last wrote about Stephen Parker, I’ve learned a bit more about how to do genealogy and have gained some confidence in pursuing leads. I mentioned it only in passing on this post about my 2nd great grandmother Mary Parker, but that search turned up the baptismal record for her brother Stephen as well.…

DNA matching my genealogy

The Big Tree fan chart with DNA matches marked
In my last post, I wrote about the estimates that Ancestry.com made regarding my ethnicity based on my DNA results. That wasn’t why I took the test though. I wanted to see which family lines I matched. By that, I mean I wanted to find other people who have enough matching genetic markers to indicate…

First foray into genetic genealogy

Ancestry Ethnicity Estimate Map
With the new job, I decided to splurge on a genetic test from Ancestry.com, hoping to see if it matched me up with anyone. As a bonus, they guess what your ethnic ancestry is from the results. I don’t actually trust those ethic results much, but they still didn’t surprise me to any great degree:…

401(k) expense ratios

1.24% < 0.08%
It’s been years since I got to participate in a 401(k) retirement plan. Last time was when I worked at Expedia. I put the amount in that would maximize the employer contribution and didn’t pay much more attention. The first thing I looked at this time was which investment options were index funds. There’s one…