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By Peter Biggins

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  1. My grandfather Leslie Biggins met with Saint Mother Cabrini when waterproofing the basement of Columbus Hospital circa 1906. more

  2. The house where we lived in Wilmette from 1968 to 1972 was part of the Stran-Steel exhibit in the 1933/34 Chicago World's Fair. more

  3. My brothers and I caddied at the same course that Bill Murray later caddied at--Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Illinois. more

  4. George Washington rode by the site of our current house in Darien in 1756, 1775-76, and 1789, as Colonel, General, and President. more

  5. My great great grandfather Patrick Biggins had a 320-acre farm in Romeovile, Will County, Illinois. more

  6. My great great grandfather John Schmitt of Tiffin, Ohio, was a 49er in the California Gold Rush from 1849 to 1851. more

  7. Frances Foy, a second cousin of my grandmother, Emily Foy Biggins, has a mural in the Chicago Loop Post Office. more

  8. Based on my Y-DNA, I am descended from Colla Uais, one of the Three Collas who lived in Ulster in the 4th century. more

  9. My ancestor Carthend, grandson of Colla Uais, lived on the Faughan River in Tirkeeran, County Derry, in the 5th century. more

  10. Based on her cousin Michael Carroll's Y-DNA, Marilyn is descended from Breassal Breac, King of Leinster around 200 BC. more

  11. Based on Y-DNA, our son's father-in-law descends from Brian Boru, high king of Ireland from 1002 to 1014. more

  12. Herbert Kohler Sr., chief executive of the Kohler Company, attended the funeral of Marilyn's father Edward Carroll in 1955. more

  13. The comedic actor Eddie Foy adopted my great grandfather's brother James Foy's name because it would fit nicely on marquees. more

  14. My great grandfather John Foy was present at the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869. more

  15. In 2007, I found the farm of my Foy ancestors, with Blackface sheep and an Irish sheepdog, in the Partry Mountains of County Mayo. more

  16. Sheffield Square Apartments, part of DePaul University since 1994, were built by my grandparents Leslie and Emily Biggins in 1925. more

  17. My third cousin Rev. John P. Minogue was President of DePaul University in Chicago from 1993 to 2004. more

  18. My great great great grandparents John Adam and Maria Eva Schickell lived in Tiffin, Ohio, when Charles Dickens visited in 1842. more

  19. My grandfather William Drueke hosted chess matches between child prodigy Sammy Reshevsky and 15 men in 1922. more

  20. The historical society in Finnentrop, Germany, wrote an article in 2013 about my great great great grandfather Johann Drücke. more

  21. I have the Wander-Buch issued in 1845 by the Kingdom of Württemberg to my great great grandfather Koch, journeyman ropemaker. more

  22. My cousin John Foy Coverdale clerked for Justice Scalia, has written six books, and is a member of Opus Dei. more

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