hueby
Not sure how how this will go, but I was wondering if anyone on wissports has ever done much research on their family tree. I got involved with it about 20 years ago while down south (southerners were/are big on their family history). After a few years got somewhat exhausted with it. Then on and off over the years.

Another question has anyone (or do you know of anyone) who has ever done the ancestory dna test or the "23andme" Was hoping to get feedback if this is worth doing.

Biggest thing what makes geneology fun is when you learn the stories of your ancestors. I think many of you would be very proud of your ancestors. Seems many were "go getters" instead of living in poverty or under some king/queen's rule they went out for a better life. Many didn't have much money on them when they came to America.
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hueby
Here was one funny story I learned about a great grandmother I always heard about, but never met. This side of the family came from Norway. Settled in Lower Michigan then up to the U.P.

They ran this "hotel" up in Marquette, MI up by the upper harbor. This took place back in the early 1900's. You had the iron ore industry. The railroad engineers would transport the iron ore from the mines near Negaunee & Ishpeming to the ships that would dock at Marquette. The hotel was where the railroad and shipping crews could rest / sleep during these operations.

This great grandmother of mine was a young girl then and was upstairs at this house my ancestors owned. She had an apple and took a bite out of it when---aug!---she learned the hard way- it wasn't an apple...it was a tomato!!!

So she threw the tomato out the window when suddenly she heard &#$ #+=???*!!!

What happened was one of the railroad/ship crew members was walking outside when that tomato she threw out the window nailed him in the face!
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bhsblackhawks
hueby, you're great, man. I appreciate everything you've done on the board -- looking at other states' high school football, the background on Michigan and their opponents, a few other things.

I don't really care about my lineage, but I like to hear stories. Keep up the good work here.
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hueby
bhsblackhawks wrote:
hueby, you're great, man. I appreciate everything you've done on the board -- looking at other states' high school football, the background on Michigan and their opponents, a few other things.

I don't really care about my lineage, but I like to hear stories. Keep up the good work here.


Thanks, just trying to keep my mind going. My wife doesn't care about half the things I am interested in. I guess opposites do attract!
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hueby
wlhssuperjake08 wrote:
My grandma is the oldest on my mom's side of the family at 75. At least I believe she is. She's the oldest of 4 siblings and I don't know for sure if she has any aunts/uncles/cousins that are older than her. I'd have to ask her the next time I talk to her. I barely know anything about my dad's side because he's never been involved with my life, but I do know that my grandpa on that side is still alive.

I've always been interested in family trees and family history. One of these days I really want to sit down and do a family tree.

Anybody know of any free ancestry sites? As best I can tell, my grandma's side of the family has been in Wisconsin since at least 1900. My great-great-grandparents had a farm in Oconto Falls, and then my great-grandparents moved to the Milwaukee area in the 1930's and had my grandmother in 1940.


Sometimes Ancestry.com has free weekends you can navigate their sites. But you are at the mercy of if someone submitted / shared what they researched. I am fortunate that one woman did all this research and wrote a book on her family and shared it. Part of my lineage (male biological line) links right into hers.

For starters, the best way to go is talk to all the oldest living relatives you can. Many of them love to share what they know. If they recommend some relative to talk to who they know and you don't, sometimes I would ask if they could contact them to give them a heads up-or even write them a letter first to introduce yourself. More may be hesitant to answer phone calls. You can thank scammers and telemarketers for this.

Unless they are like my dad and enjoy telling solicitors off ha ha. But talking to those still alive is a great place to start. This is how I learned more of the personal stories about ancestors.
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dawgstyle
I once told my boss that I didn't know anything about my family beyond my grand parents. She was appalled. I gave her the full names and dates of birth of both sets of my grand parents.

A month later she presented me with a binder, showing my family history going back to the 1400s. I now know my lineage, (Welsh and German.) I have a picture of the boat that brought over my great great great Grandparents to Chicago. I found out that I had a family member that was awarded a purple heart and a silver star in WWI. I learned that I had a family member that died in Andersonville in the Civil War.

When I get home tonight, I will open it up and look at some of the websites she used and post them here for anyone who wants to do some digging.
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dawgstyle wrote:
I once told my boss that I didn't know anything about my family beyond my grand parents. She was appalled. I gave her the full names and dates of birth of both sets of my grand parents.

A month later she presented me with a binder, showing my family history going back to the 1400s. I now know my lineage, (Welsh and German.) I have a picture of the boat that brought over my great great great Grandparents to Chicago. I found out that I had a family member that was awarded a purple heart and a silver star in WWI. I learned that I had a family member that died in Andersonville in the Civil War.

When I get home tonight, I will open it up and look at some of the websites she used and post them here for anyone who wants to do some digging.


can i give your boss my grandparents details and receive the same outcome?
I've always been curious, but never had the time.

seriously, I'd even pay something for it.
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innercityivan wrote:
dawgstyle wrote:
I once told my boss that I didn't know anything about my family beyond my grand parents. She was appalled. I gave her the full names and dates of birth of both sets of my grand parents.

A month later she presented me with a binder, showing my family history going back to the 1400s. I now know my lineage, (Welsh and German.) I have a picture of the boat that brought over my great great great Grandparents to Chicago. I found out that I had a family member that was awarded a purple heart and a silver star in WWI. I learned that I had a family member that died in Andersonville in the Civil War.

When I get home tonight, I will open it up and look at some of the websites she used and post them here for anyone who wants to do some digging.


can i give your boss my grandparents details and receive the same outcome?
I've always been curious, but never had the time.

seriously, I'd even pay something for it.


She has since left my area. She used to charge like $50 a person and she would spend entire Saturdays in a computer lab with people showing them where to look and what to do. She's REALLY into it.

Off the top of my head the biggest thing she used was US Census records.

It appeared to us based on the Census records that my family came to America because a child was born out of wedlock. They came here unmarried, but my some kind of great grandma had a child with her. We couldn't decide if it was child out of wedlock or father died back in Germany.
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Story from my great grandfather:

My great great grandfather was a stowaway on a ship coming to America. When he got there, they put any passengers without other family there 6 to a room at a boarding house, male/female/kids/whatever. One of the people in his room ended up being my great grandmother. Weird how things work out.
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This is my Uncle's house, which is also my next door neighbor.

The people in the photo are my Grandfather's grandparents, and the Small child is his dad.

They came over from Germany, unfortunately there was a fire as the documents were being transferred at one point or another.

My Aunt thinks 1905 is the year. The house is pretty much the same as it was then. Stone basement, pretty cool.
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kenny78
hueby wrote:
Not sure how how this will go, but I was wondering if anyone on wissports has ever done much research on their family tree. I got involved with it about 20 years ago while down south (southerners were/are big on their family history). After a few years got somewhat exhausted with it. Then on and off over the years.

Another question has anyone (or do you know of anyone) who has ever done the ancestory dna test or the "23andme" Was hoping to get feedback if this is worth doing.

Biggest thing what makes geneology fun is when you learn the stories of your ancestors. I think many of you would be very proud of your ancestors. Seems many were "go getters" instead of living in poverty or under some king/queen's rule they went out for a better life. Many didn't have much money on them when they came to America.



My wife is far more into geneology than I am, but we did the 23andme test several years ago. I was kind of surprised by the information it provided but I never followed up on much of it. She has spent time looking into her family, especially her father's ancestors. When I helped her with it at times I told my father-in-law that I learned that his ancestors were hard workers but poor poker players. It seems they were always losing their properties in poker games.
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wlhssuperjake08
My grandma is the oldest on my mom's side of the family at 75. At least I believe she is. She's the oldest of 4 siblings and I don't know for sure if she has any aunts/uncles/cousins that are older than her. I'd have to ask her the next time I talk to her. I barely know anything about my dad's side because he's never been involved with my life, but I do know that my grandpa on that side is still alive.

I've always been interested in family trees and family history. One of these days I really want to sit down and do a family tree.

Anybody know of any free ancestry sites? As best I can tell, my grandma's side of the family has been in Wisconsin since at least 1900. My great-great-grandparents had a farm in Oconto Falls, and then my great-grandparents moved to the Milwaukee area in the 1930's and had my grandmother in 1940.
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hueby
OMG there is so much I want to comment/reply to everyone's post! I toured Andersonville some years back...that was a nasty place and how they treated the prisoners. There were 3 Union "snitches" who turned on us for favors. I can't remember how the story ended but I know we don't place flags by their memorials on certain days we honor those who served. But wow Andersonville...

On the 23andme does it show if you are at risk ln certain health issues? Apologize must go but hope to get back to the site soon. Merry Christmas.
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hueby wrote:
Not sure how how this will go, but I was wondering if anyone on wissports has ever done much research on their family tree. I got involved with it about 20 years ago while down south (southerners were/are big on their family history). After a few years got somewhat exhausted with it. Then on and off over the years.

Another question has anyone (or do you know of anyone) who has ever done the ancestory dna test or the "23andme" Was hoping to get feedback if this is worth doing.

Biggest thing what makes geneology fun is when you learn the stories of your ancestors. I think many of you would be very proud of your ancestors. Seems many were "go getters" instead of living in poverty or under some king/queen's rule they went out for a better life. Many didn't have much money on them when they came to America.


I have done ancestory dna but if your going to do it right you will need your mother and grandmothers to compare to yours to explain oddities . My dna alone came out 58% West Europe which is greater than those actually living there now , 22% Great Britain which explains my full name because I have learned it is common and very historical in Great Britain , real oddity for me was 8% Iberian Peninsula which was really interesting considering some of my favorite historical people came from that area .

I actually have more Asian in me 4% than African or so called Native American combined which are basically non existent... So much for out of Africa []

I learned by way of Ancestory.com that my grandmother on my father's side was from the largest German family in not only Wisconsin but the entire nation , while my mother informed me that her roots go into the Franco population of Canada who are Acadians .








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hueby
Thanks I will keep that in mind should I ever do a dna test. Thanks to other extended family members who did the work I do know from my mom's side I'm 50% Scandanavian. (My mom is 75% Swedish 25% Norwegian). That side fits the mold!

Two of my great uncle's from that side fought in WW2 and I would learn the two never spoke to each other about the war. One took a sniper round & this thick metal cigarette lighter in his pocket deflected the round (smoking saved his life! ha ha) the other great uncle who fought in the Battle of the Bulge I was terrified of him. He had a raspy voice, squinted eye and croocked mouth-never smiled and yelled a lot. When he worked for the railroad one old timer told me my great uncle would bring a jar of fruit for lunch. They said when he stuck his spoon in the jar all you would hear is "ting ting ting ting ting ting!" as the spoon tapped the jar- he had the shakes.
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