Leberecht Julius BEHRENDT b 1833 The story of my great great grandfather, Julius BEHRENDT, is what originally got me interested in genealogy. My father told me the family story of Julius BEHRENDT, who left his wife and 2 children in Treuenbrietzen, Brandenburg, Germany during the 1860s and said he was going to the US or Canada but was never seen again. I thought I could easily solve this mystery, but 30+ years later we still don't know what happened to Julius.
Florence FLETCHER b 22 Jun 1871 Florence Fletcher lived a relatively short and difficult life but is probably the most fascinating character in my family tree.. Florence had 4 children with a man she called "Harry Fisher". Did he really exist? She worked as a barmaid and moved often. After WWI she took 2 of her children and immigrated to Canada to "marry W. Bindon". She never did marry him but her other 2 children followed her to Canada 2 years later. Read more details about Florence's life here.
The RYAN Clan in Old Pallas, Pallasgrean, Limerick, Ireland Four generations of women are living alone in Old Pallas in the early 1900s. They are part of the RYAN family from that area of Pallasgrean. Eventually the youngest, Mary O'BRIEN, immigrates to Chicago in 1928 to live with her great Aunt, Bessie RYAN. Read about the RYAN family here.
There is possibly an O'BRIEN connection with the O'BRIENs from Bunavie, County Limerick, Ireland. Read more about this O'BRIEN family here.
The ZAJICEK Family: Joseph ZAJICEK was a tailor in Chicago who immigrated from Bohemia in about 1890. His wife, Josefina KREMLOVA was also from Bohemia. They had 6 children, one of whom was my husband's grandfather. I knew very little about the ancestry of this family until recently. Read more here.