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Mitochondrial DNA Ancestors – Sarah H Blackhurst Barber (1847-1929)

Mitochondrial DNA ancestors By – Don Taylor  Sarah Blackhurst Barber is a particularly special ancestor for me. First, she is my most recent immigrant ancestor.  Second, she is a mitochondrial ancestor. That is to say, I carry her mitochondrial DNA … Continue reading

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Ruth Grace Montran Cologne (1897-1993)

Only recently have I come to the determination that Ruth Grace Montran is my grandmother’s (Madonna Mae Montran) half sister and that they shared the same father, John F. Montran. In my attempt to prove or disprove that relationship, I’ve … Continue reading

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John F Montran (c.1867-c.1897)

John F. Montran This has been a really good week for me. I continued working on my great grandfather, John Montran.   John F. Montran & Ida Birth Registry entry.Michigan, Births, 1867-1902  Dept. of Vital Records, (Lansing, MI, )  https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQFY-FWL. I learned his … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – 2015

Happy New Year!   I hope your holidays have been a lovely and joyous as mine and that your New Year be safe and prosperous. In ending my 2014 year I thought I’d update everyone on what I anticipate for … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago – 1 September 1914 – Madonna Mae Montran


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100 Years Ago – Madonna Mae Montran – (1893-1976) We do not know for certain where Donna was on 1 September of 1914, but we can reasonably guess where she might have been. According to the 1910 Census, The 17 … Continue reading

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John Montran (c. 1874-bef.1911)

52 Ancestors # 14 – John Montran (c1874-bef. 1911) John Montran is the most mysterious of my ancestors.  My grandmother, Madonna, never spoke of him and I didn’t have the where-with-all to ask her about him before she passed over. … Continue reading

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Bio – Ida Mae Barber (1874-1953)

52 Ancestors #11 – Ida Mae Barber (Montran) (Fisher) (Holdsworth) (Knight) (1874-1953) When I decided to look at Ida Mae’s life I realized that my source work regarding Ida Mae was woefully inadequate.  Most of the work I did regarding … Continue reading

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Madonna Mae Montran (1893-1976)

52 Ancestors #7 — Madonna Mae Montran (1893-1976) Madonna’s Early Life Madonna’s life is defined by her names.  Every part of her incredible life is defined by the name she used.   Only known photo of Madonna as a child. Madonna … Continue reading

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Donna Montran – 1919 – Charles Smith & Able Green

Variety – April 1919 By April of 1919 Donna had relocated from Boston, MA to New York. She and Trixie Bressler took out an ad in Variety. Trixie had, in 1918, led Max Roger’s Review at Perry’s in Brooklyn and … Continue reading

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