I have been researching my family off and on since the mid 1990s, more since I retired at the end of 2016. Some of my primary interests are:
Kolze - I am a descendant of one of three brothers that immigrated from Nienhagen, Amt Neustadt am Rübenberge, Hannover (now Gilten, Heidekreis, Lower Saxony, Germany) to the area of Cook County, Illinois near where Chicago's O'Hare Airport is today in the 1840s. I am also the Coordinator for the Kolze/Koltze One Name Study and am interested in all Kolze's around the world and would like to see if any of the various branches are related. I am (slowly) researching the old church books from Gilten and nearby parishes to better document this family on WikiTree, and to also find connections to other branches of the family and add earlier generations.
Franzen - I am a descendant of a family that immigrated from Schale (now in North Western Germany) to DuPage County, Illinois near where Chicago's O'Hare Airport is today in the early 1840s. The immigrant ancestors were Johann Bernard Franzen, his wife Anna Adelheid (Moellenthien) Franzen and their son Heinrich Franzen. There were many other Franzen's in the Addison/Bensenville area of DuPage County in the mid/late 1800s and they all appear to be from the same extended family that came from Schale. Some of the old church books from Schale have been indexed on familysearch or ancestry, but there seem to be some errors, and possibly omissions. I am (slowly) reviewing images of the books on archion.de and updating WikiTree with anything new or different I find. I am also the Coordinator for the Franzen/Frantzen One Name Study
Hirst - My branch of the Hirst family immigrated from London, England to San Francisco, California in the late 1880s. Some of the other family members remained in England. My immigrant ancestors were Henry Hirst, and his daughter Isabell Margaret (Hirst) Morton. Henry's wife Mary Ann (Hedgeland) Hirst died in England before they immigrated.
O'Connor - My GG-Grandmother Isabella (O'Connor) Morton was born in Ireland, possibly in Listowel, County Kerry, around 1836-1840, then married Henry H Morton in Manhattan, New York in 1860. Family story says that her maternal grandfather, a Mr. Reid, brought Isabella and her sisters to New York to marry the sons of an Italian family. Isabella's husband Henry Morton was from Scotland, and I haven't been able to find records of any marriages of O'Connor women to men with Italian sounding names in the New York or New Jersey area around 1860. Isabella and Henry moved to San Francisco, California in the mid-1860s. This is one of my brick walls.
Morton - My GG-Grandfather Henry Morton was apparently born in Scotland around 1835-1840, then came to New York where he married Isabella O'Connor in Manhattan in 1860 (see above). According to family story his father was also named Henry Morton and he ran a draper's shop in Glasgow around 1835. I have not been able to find any records in Scotland that can be tied to this family.
Brasch - Immigrant ancestors were Johann "J.E.W" Brasch, his wife Wilhelmina Sophie Behnken and their children, including Anna Christina (Brasch) Amsler. Johann and Wilhelmina were married in Scharmbeck in the Hannover region of what is now Germany, but were living in the town of Lesum, where some of their children were born, before coming to the United States. In the US they were in Beaver, Clarion, Pennsylvania for a while where daughter Anna Christina married and remained. Later they were in Loraine County, Ohio where Johann married his daughter Mary Elizabeth to Frederick Kleinow (see above). Some of the sons moved to New York state.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Paige or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Paige: