Mary Ann Birg

Mary Ann Birg was born in Detroit in 1909 to Frank and Sophie Birg. Mary was the only daughter and fourth of five children. Her siblings were John Anthony (1899-1973 b. Heufeld); Franz Martin (4/1904-11/1904 Heufeld); Michael Franz aka Jack (1907-1935 b. Heufeld); and Joseph (1914-1965 b. Detroit). When Mary was nine, her brother John…

Josefia Mayer

Sophie was born Josefia Elisabetha Mayer in 1877 in Heufeld (Torontal) Banat to Michael Mayer and Theresia Schwartz. Heufeld is located in what is now Serbia near the border of Romania. The Banat is a part of the Pannonian Basin bordered by the River Danube to the south, the River Tisa to the west, the River Mureș to the north, and the Southern Carpathian Mountains to the east. Its…

We say Setter, you say Seder, or Sitter or Seiter

However you spell it – Setter, Sitter, Seder/Cedar, Seiter – in early Sanilac county we all track back to areas in Alsace, a unique area on the westbank of the Rhine, on today’s French-German border. This page is a collection of my theories and findings. Between the years 1836 -1847 three sons of Johann Nicolas Seither (1768-1820)…

Sky Calendar

Sky calendars are known in many civilizations. I’ve always been curious about cultural time keepers. Tracking the stars has a connection with the belief system of the people using. Metholithic finds like Stonehenge feed our curiosity. How was it used exactly? The Sequani Calendar stone tablet was unearthed in Cologny in 1897 and researchers have been using it…

The journey our great mothers – unraveling our mitochondria dna

Our mitochondria DNA carries the story of our mothers – back to Eve (L3) – to current time. Following the genealogy trail, we know that our mother (Lucille Moquin) and grandmother (Mary Ann Birg) were both born in Detroit. Mary’s mother (Josefia “Sophie” Elisabeth Mayer) and her great (Theresia Schwartz)- and great-great grandmother (Elisabeth Fridrich)…