Saturday, January 5, 2013

Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun and here is the challenge!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 January 1913 - 100 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

My maternal grandparents, Michael Connery (b 1861 in Kilfinnan, Limerick, Ireland) and Alice Fleming Connery (b 1872 in Ballylanders, Limerick, Ireland) were living at 4140 W Washington Blvd. in Chicago, Illinois.  Living at home with them at the time were their children Mary Elizabeth (20), Kathleen (18), Alice (14), Pauline (13),  Thomas (10), John (8), and Eleanor (4).  Son Leo had died in 1905 and my mother Elizabeth was not born until 1917.  All of their children were born in Chicago.  This is not their exact home but it is very similar and would be reversed.
4140 W Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL  (photo google maps)

600 N Lockwood Ave Chicago, Illinois  (photo google maps)

In 1913, my paternal grandparents were living at 600 N Lockwood in Chicago, Illinois.  Adolph Hansen (b 1880 in Oslo, Akershus, Norway) and Henrietta Burbach Hansen (b 1888 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) lived with their children Dorothy Eva (b 1908 in Chicago) and Donald George ( b 1910 in Tooele, Utah.  Since they moved often for Adolph's work, I checked the City Directories to verify the address.  

My Great-grandparents Patrick Connery and Mary Hayes along with ThomasFleming and Mary Hennessy were  in Limerick, Ireland.  Eva Schmitz Burbach Meuller (b 1858  Milwaukee, WI), was living in Milwaukee, WI her husband Hermann Burbach (b 1852 in Villmar, Hesse, Germany) having died in Milwaukee in 1896.  Adolph Hansen's father, Adolf b 1852 in Oslo,Oslo, Norway. died in 1911 in Bergen, Norway.  His mother, Dorette Christiansen (b 1857 in Oslo, Oslo, Norway) died in Oslo in 1887.

The photos are representative of the area at the time but I believe both residences are long gone.  Even the house I grew up in existed in 1913 but is also gone now.