Saturday, April 19, 2014

April update

I haven't been following up on any roadblocks lately.  Instead I have been going through the Countryman family and adding information to  It is a big family and there are a lot of generations to go through.

There have been some interesting stories so far, but that can be expected when one son decides to fight against the colonies while the rest of the family fights for the new country.

I still have roadblocks to chase down but that will wait for a bit.  Sometimes, walking away and coming back later clears the head and gives new perspective.  I hope that will work and I can find a new course to take.

Question for any genealogists out there....  What do you do when someone says you are wrong because they remember a story from childhood that is different than what your source says?  The issue is when you have a real source that you expect to be correct such as a government form written at the time of the event versus a memory of a story told years after the event.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Anna M. Surdyk

Anna M. Surdyk 
(July 26, 1925 - April 15, 2014) 

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Anna M. Surdyk
Age 88, of Cheektowaga, New York. Anna was a cook manager at John F. Kennedy High School in Cheektowaga, New York.

Daughter of the late Catherine Firmanty and Joseph Marciniak.

Beloved wife of the late Raymond Surdyk.  A devoted mother of Susan Surdyk, Judy (Michael) Pastwik, Rose Marie (Peter) Silvis and Mary Ann (late Frank) Rago.

A loving grandmother of George Silvis, Peter Silvis, Andrew Silvis, Robert Silvis, Michael (Beth) Pastwik, Stacey (Brion) Ross, Wendy Rago and Ashley (Adam) Regdos.  A fond great-grandmother of Lucas, Molly, Ruger, Mason, Elina, "Fallyn" and "Sophia".

Anna was the dearest sister of Theresa (late Al) Neff, Leonard (Patricia) Marciniak and Florian (Helen) Marciniak and the late Henry (Henrietta) Marciniak, late Teddy (late Dorothy) Marciniak, late Stella (late Walter) Miller, late Mary Ann (late Stanley) Swiatek and late Florence Marciniak.

Family will be present Monday 3-7 PM at the Pietszak Funeral Home, 2400 William St. (near Harlem). 

Relatives and friends are invited to assemble for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Josaphat Parish (William at Peoria Ave.) Tuesday at 9:30 AM. Please assemble at the church.

Interment will follow at St. Matthew's Cemetery, West Seneca, New York.

Donations are preferred to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. 225 Como Park Blvd. Cheektowaga, New York 14227.

Friday, April 11, 2014


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Friday, March 28, 2014

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Charles Harris - Roadblock

I have bee searching for information on my father's father for a while but have been hitting brick walls everywhere.  

Here's what I do know: 

In 1938 he lived with his wife  at 238 South Maple, Lancaster, Ohio.  He was a glass worker, probably at Anchor Hocking as that was a big company for glass in the area.

At some point they separated.  In the 1940 US Census Loretta and their son Harold have moved back in with her parents and Charles was never heard from again.  
There are many Charles Harris' born in the correct time frame but there are too many to track down each individual story and match them with my information.  In the mean time I do searches around him to see if some trace may show up in someone else's records.

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Monday, February 24, 2014


One thing I have learned about using is look at the next page. When reviewing records on Ancestry always check the pages before and after to see if that is the only record. I have seen where one pages is listed and you find a 20 page history on a family. This happens a lot more with records from before 1850. Back then people wrote more. Which seems odd since so many could not read or write. It seems those that could did as much as possible.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Just an update on the search. Not much happening in the past few weeks. I continue to download the files from Ancestry so I will have access to them offline. There are thousands of files so it will take awhile before I finish. Also, I have found mistakes in city directories that I am trying to correct as I find them. If a person is listed as a widow of a person the dead person shows up as residing with them when you search records. I missed a few and just added them as facts when I shouldn't have. Every file searched gives me more information, just not always in the direction I want to go. I think in the near future I will start listing more roadblock people so others can see where I am and maybe I can find a link.