Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Great Grandparents

If you are a fan of Saturday Night Fun here is a new one 

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:
It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1) Dana Leeds on the Enthusiastic Genealogist blog asks "Did/Do Your Children Know Any of Their Great-Grandparents?"

2) I thought that would be a great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun question - so please share your response with us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

3) For extra credit, or in case the answer is "No," then please answer the question for yourself, or
your parents.

Yes. Both of my sons got to know one great grand parent and meet another. My grandmother; Anna M. (Switkowski) Alajko. She died in 2003 when they were 8 and 2. They have recently met my wife's grandfather; Elmer R. Wilson. He is still living at 93 but because of difficulties in the family they have not gotten to know him. Even though he lives 15 minutes away with their grandparents the odds seem slim they ever will see him much at all.

Although not a great grandparent to them they were able to meet Carmen Cammarata Sr. and Mary Milazzo. They were my wife's mother's father and mother in law from her first marriage. He died in 2009, she in 2005.

My oldest was one but never met or knew about my father's mother: Loretta A. (Noice) Harris. She died in 1995. Other than one phone call in January of 1995 I never spoke to her either.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pew Fees

Back in the day, prior to the turn of the last century Catholic Churches had pew fees.  It was rental of the pews so the family had a place to sit during the masses.  The idea was to raise money for the upkeep of the church.  More information on pew fees can be found on this PDF link..  

These pictures below are the receipt book from my family's pew at Corpus Christi Church.  It is a church in the Polish Community of Buffalo, NY known as Buffalo's Polonia.  Most of the older documents from the church were in Polish since the immigrants coming to Buffalo usually only spoke their native tongue.  The name listed on the front of the book is my great grand mother: .

Several times in the 1970's my mother and I would walk to the rectory to make the payments and have the book marked off.  Other times we would make payments for tuition for the school attached to the church.

Monday, September 15, 2014

genealogy mapping

I had an idea and it looks like it will work. has a maps feature that lets you create your own maps and share them.  The idea is maps showing where people came from and where they went.  It can be people or families. It can be cities or exact addresses.  The maps can be shared,  Here is my first try; the travels (that I know about) of my father, Harold F. Harris.

Travels of Harold Harris

Sunday, September 14, 2014

This week

I did not do any regular blogs this week.  Most of the week was reconciling some adopted profiles on Wikitree,  Some of them were duplicates and I merged and cleaned them up.   Then it was try to get additional sources.  I turned to Find a Grave and found a ton of information for theses profiles.

Since the were already in my tree as distant family I followed the line back and kept adding more information to my lines.  Next thing I know after working and researching just that site the week was over and it was Sunday.

This is Sunday in Buffalo.  This is Sunday Bills Home Opener in Buffalo.  This is not a day to research a small town.  The Bills won by the way.  Technically, watching the game was genealogy research.  Ralph C. Wilson is the recently deceased owner of the Bills.  His daughter Mary is the new owner for the next month when the sale of the team is expected.  My Wife's family has a Wilson line.  There are rumors that they may be related to President Wilson but nothing concrete I can find.  I don't haven't looked into RCW's Wilson line and not much was mentioned during the game but I wouldn't know it I didn't watch.

Back to the research this week.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A useful site to keep current on issues in the Buffalo Polonia and Polish communities.