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I, too, love genealogy. I asked my mom questions persistently when I was little/young and finally started researching seriously about 7 years ago.
I have one branch traced back to the 1400's - no Joan of Arc for us, though. But interesting stuff.
Also a major brick wall with one branch. We simply cannot get past the one man we feel must have been the immigrant to America for that branch. But, if it kills me, I will get behind him!
I've put everything on the web here: www.paintedpost.dk
I wish I didn't work, so I could spend more time on this!!! :-) Welcome to the group and to SparkPeople.
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I'm sure it was a scary time! Those machine guns freak me out still today. I took my brother and friends on the Untouchables Tour here in Chicago and it was cool to go through and imagine what kinds of things used to go on... There's a brewery he took over about a block from my house, The Lexington Hotel that was his hang-out was 2 blocks South and 4 blocks East of us, (before they tore it down,) and he lived just South of my neighborhood now~ it's STILL not a great neighborhood... but at least no machine guns! ;) My Great Gramps was a bootlegger, (Im guessing how he met my Great Grandma!) Fun stuff!
Amazing that you have been able to trace family ties so far back! Congratulations! So many of us hit brick walls that leave us frustrated. BTW, my grandfather and his brother (my great uncle) ran numbers for Capone and their father, my great-grandfather, did some work for Capone which has never been revealed other than what I was told by one of my great-aunts, who was the youngest child at the time. His job apparently caused arguments at night after the 'kids' were put to bed and his 'job' made my great-grandmother cry.
Hey All! I'm a new SP member and am THRILLED that there is a group on this! I've always been interested in my family history, but it wasn't until about a year ago, (after my grandpa passed away,) that I really got into it. I started tracing by fiancÚ's family back and found that his mom's dad was a Free Mason. I've also managed to trace my maternal grandma's family back to the 1400s! I'm a direct descendant of Joan of Arc, (her Mom is my 24th great grandmother.) A great grandfather of mine helped establish The Lions Clubs & I'm related to a few presidents; The Harrisons' who helped women 1st become admitted to Johns Hopkins to study medicine and also to some whom will remain nameless! I'm 8th cousins with James Dean & Audrey Hepburn. Grandma says we're related to so many people because the world was so small back then. I think it's because I'm a mutt! I'm French, Welsh, Dutch, German, Blackfoot Indian & Danish. I've also discovered that Grandpa's mom was a flapper before he was born and his dad worked for Al Capone, (who didn't in the Chicago area, right?) I've run into a lot of discussions as to whether I can actually say I'm 'related' to these people because so many years have passed... but I say if any of them weren't present, I wouldn't be who I am today. I find out more every month from great aunts and hidden family secrets. It's great!