Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Birthdays from my tree: week of October 1, 2014

01 Oct 1944: Stephen Infield [share tree]
02 Oct 1952: Ronald Durant [share tree]
02 Oct 1860: Cassius McLaughlin [share tree]
02 Oct 1964: Donna Walker [share tree]
03 Oct 1931: Dorothy Glowacki [share tree]
03 Oct 1928: Lawrence Spriggs [share tree]
03 Oct 1892: Maximillian Szafranski [share tree]
03 Oct 1962: Debbie Toltesi [share tree]
04 Oct 1951: Ronald Denny [share tree]
04 Oct 1875: Victoria Enfield [share tree]
04 Oct 1946: William Harper [share tree]
04 Oct 1947: Larry Kropf [share tree]
04 Oct 1920: Elmer Wilson [share tree]  Still alive and has a 94th birthday party this weekend.
05 Oct 1973: Ryan Easter [share tree]
05 Oct 1896: Bernice Falkowski [share tree]
05 Oct 1896: Charles Mclaughlin [share tree]
05 Oct 1919: Barbara Sias [share tree]
05 Oct 1982: Jill Timanus [share tree]
05 Oct 1958: Cheryl Wilson [share tree]
06 Oct 1912: Josephine Alajko [share tree]
06 Oct 1931: Joanne Countryman [share tree]
06 Oct 1954: Barbara Jakubiec [share tree]
06 Oct 1896: Dorothy Olive Ortman [share tree]
06 Oct 1951: Joleta Williams [share tree]
07 Oct 1955: Gina Copleston [share tree]
07 Oct 1953: Lloyd Countryman [share tree]
07 Oct 1908: Stella Gulczewski [share tree]
07 Oct 1910: Edmund Wojciechowski [share tree]
08 Oct 1922: Virginia Louise Dwyer [share tree]
08 Oct 1919: Grace J Hoffman [share tree]
08 Oct 1923: Armaletta North [share tree]
08 Oct 1951: Frances Elaine Wilson [share tree]

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Flach Family

My father's in law family include a line of Flach. While searching for more in the line on I found two profiles that were orphaned so I adopted them hoping I could add more information to them and somehow connect them to my tree.

Here they are:
Georg Flach

Born about 1579
Father of Elisabeth Flach
and his daughter

Elisabeth Flach
Born 1599 [place of birth?]

Daughter of Georg Flach and
Wife of Anton Nuss — married [marriage date?] [marriage location?]
Wife of Hans Peter Henninger — married April 1, 1638 in Hunawihr, Haut-Rhin, France
Mother of Johann Henninger, Georg Henninger and Margarethe (Gretlin) Henninger
Died December 7, 1648

The profiles of her spouse and children are also orphaned. At this time I haven't adopted them. I wanted see if I can find anything on these 2 first.

So far very little luck except on FamilySearch,com where an unsourced tree lists her also. Ancestry shows some Anna born around the right time and a: Joerg Flach with


10 Jan 1584 - Evangelisch, Esslingen, Neckarkreis, Wuerttemberg

Back then a baptism wasn't always close to birth as it usually is now.

I've been checking Google and will continue looking where and when I can.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Birthdays from my tree: Week of September 24, 2014

25 Sep 1925: Alice Countryman [share tree]
25 Sep 1950: Maureen Cunliffe [share tree]
25 Sep 1707: Barbara Dreisbach [share tree]
25 Sep 1704: Elisabeth Dreisbach [share tree]
25 Sep 1965: Sheila Hart [share tree]
25 Sep 1957: Sandra Kinch [share tree]
25 Sep 1862: Hedwiga Szafranski [share tree]
26 Sep 1976: Michael Countryman [share tree]
27 Sep 1941: Rose Countryman [share tree]
27 Sep 1884: Henry Landwehr [share tree]
27 Sep 1994: Zachary Snook [share tree]
27 Sep 1962: Carmel VanDyk [share tree]
27 Sep 1873: Roman Wojciechowski [share tree]
28 Sep 1921: Henry Robinson [share tree]
28 Sep 1820: Henry Sands [share tree]
28 Sep 1820: Heny Sands [share tree]
28 Sep 1857: Merit Sands [share tree]
29 Sep 1933: Robert Magee [share tree]
29 Sep 1911: Virgie Marie Miller [share tree]
29 Sep 1961: Ronald Prespare [share tree]
29 Sep 1957: Stephen J Reed [share tree]
30 Sep 1967: Michael Conte [share tree]
30 Sep 1960: Donna Easter [share tree]
30 Sep 1894: Arthur Emfield [share tree]
30 Sep 1894: Perry Emfield [share tree]
30 Sep 1963: Gary Inglis [share tree]
30 Sep 1885: William Russell [share tree]
30 Sep 1884: Jake Shawan [share tree]
30 Sep 1979: Jeffrey Timanus [share tree]
30 Sep 1678: Anna Maria Weber [share tree]
01 Oct 1919: Vivian Taylor [share tree]
01 Oct 1957: Mary Williams [share tree]

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shadow Box

I did a previous blog on my great grandfather here.  Since then I have found a copy of his discharge papers from the World War.  I also have his dog tags.  I was finally able to make a display to hang up showing what I had.  The papers mention a New York State World War Medal that I have not seen and cannot find anything online on what it could be.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Where did they come from - Noice Family Line

This week I show one line of my families travels.

The journey of this line ends for now with the birth of my sons in Buffalo, NY
Before that I was born in Washington, DC.
Prior to that was my father: Harold F. Harris born in Lancaster, Ohio, Fairfield County.
His mother, Loretta A. (Noice) Harris, was also born in Lancaster.
Her father Perry J. Noise was another born in Lancaster.
His father, George W. Noice was born in Fairfield county where Lancaster is located. He was the first born in Ohio in this line.
George W. Noice the father of George W. was according to a US Census born in France. No other information to narrow it down. There is a possibility that this may be incorrect or an odd thing as his father is listed as born in Virginia. People travel a lot back then so it is possible but the search for information continues.

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.