Another Reason Why I Love Genealogy

I’ve recently been in contact with a cousin of my father’s, who is also interested in genealogy and still lives in my dad’s hometown. He is older than my dad and has more first-hand accounts of my Oma’s generation. His recent email included an interesting little story – my Oma’s father (my great-grandfather) Valentin Stossier […]

Hutchinson Mystery Men

  William Hutchison – 3rd Great Grandfather (for family reference, this is Robert Lee Updegraff’s great grandfather) Missing 1900 census Unknown death date (estimate  Unknown birth date (estimate 1821-1825) No actual sources for connection to parents (DNA has confirmed though) Williams parents were Forgus Hutchison (1798-1860) and Jane Campbell (1800-1872). William appears in the Census from 1850-1880 […]

James Joseph Murphy-Part 2

Update February 2017: James Joseph Murphy is no longer the biggest mystery in my tree 🙂  In fact, I ended up tracing his ancestry back to 1810.  Original post is below, but more up-to-date info can be found:  James Joseph Murphy William Murphy (James Joseph Murphy’s father) Catherine Aspery (James Joseph Murphy’s mother) Harry Murphy (James Joseph Murphy’s […]