#52Ancestors: 2nd Great-Grandfather William Alexander McNamara, First DNA-Identified McNamara Ancestor

William Alexander McNamara

A cousin of my husband’s, who reached out to me last month from Family Tree DNA, helps me genetically identify our first and most recent common McNamara ancestor. Now the work begins to more fine-tune that discovery by isolating the maternal and paternal sides of that inherited shared DNA.

#52Ancestors: 2nd Great-Uncle Juvenal Joseph Nieto, Trying to Prosper Amid WWI Butte Mining Town Turmoil

During World War I there were three registrations. The first, on June 5, 1917, was for all men between the ages of 21 and 31. The second, on June 5, 1918, registered those who attained age 21 after June 5, 1917. (A supplemental registration was held on August 24, 1918, for those becoming 21 years old after June 5, 1918. This was included in the second registration.) The third registration was held on September 12, 1918, for men age 18 through 45.

My 2nd great-uncle left the devastation of the Mexican Revolution for a chance at a new start in a new country, working in the copper mines of Butte, Montana during WWI. But was he there for the Speculator disaster of 1917?

Finally Confirming the Name of My 2nd Great-Grandfather, Refugio Nieto

Nieto Family Crest

My living branch of Dad’s extended family never knew the name of his Nieto great-grandfather, who died in Mexico before the family immigrated to the U.S. After more than 15 years of looking, I finally locate documentation that confirms his name.

#52Ancestors: Maria Aurelia Compean (1858-1963), Lived to Be 105 or 100 or 95 Years of Age

Maria Aurelia Compean Scanned Obituary Clipping

My extended family has always proudly claimed my great-grandmother lived to 105 years. But the most credible records I’ve found thus far indicate she most likely was only 95 years old. Only 95? I still hope Dad inherited those healthy long-living genes!

#52Ancestors: Fourth great-grandfather Jose Victoriano Compean exemplifies Mexican naming conventions

Santa Isabel Church San Luis Potosi

Mexican naming conventions can make genealogical research very difficult, and also very easy. My 4th great-grandfather Jose Victoriano Compean (b. abt. 1803) and his family are a very good representation of this dichotomy.