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Dolores Urkowski is my 2nd cousin once removed. Tragically, she witnessed the murder of her 20 year old nursemaid, Jennie Zablocki, in 1933. This is what I know of the story.
"Everybody Works But Father" - A 1907 postcard sent to Mrs. K.F. Way of Painesville, Ohio.
On December 26th, 1951 Stanley Puchalski (1914-1951), my 1st cousin 2x removed, bowled a perfect 300 game in Detroit, MI. Learn how this discovery connected me to a new branch of my family tree.
A Toast to ye Landlord (postcard 1912) - "May you always have some money - Left from the money you have spent - To greet your landlord with a sneer - When he comes calling for the rent."
Learning about the adoptive fathers in your family tree can help you tell your ancestral story. Here is the story of an adoptive father in my tree, John Alfred Sears (1860-1951).
"THEY WANT ME TO STAY THE WORST WAY" - A postcard sent to David Moe Pickens (1888-1975) of Leipsic, Ohio in 1911. Can you help me find his family?
Though likely not THE train that killed my 2nd great uncle, James Hanley (1888-1909), one like it from the same railroad company probably did. This is his story.
I found this early to mid 1950s postcard of "Sorenson's" at a local antique store. It shows the downtown of Grayling, Michigan, a city that has been a personal family vacation spot for decades. Do you know what kind of car that is? I do, now.
Who was Pearl Dean Farley? Do you know? Can you help me find out?
My first cousin twice removed, Edward Pawlowski (1905-1907), died on Valentine's Day in 1907. He was one year, four months, and nine days old. This is his story.
My 3rd great grandfather, Patrick Miles, was a tall man. Apparently he was one of the tallest in his county at the time of his death in 1903. He stood six feet and six inches "in his stocking feet." This is his story.
Here's a lovely 1907 postcard of two young lovebirds having a kiss. It was sent to a Miss Alice Dickerson of Hastings, Michigan. Here is some of her story.
Patrick Hanley (1887-1937) is my 2nd great uncle. By all accounts he was a quiet and well liked man. This is his story, with a first hand audio account from people who knew him.
Are they siblings? Friends? Maybe classmates? Here's a lovely 1889 cabinet card from Uniontown, Pennsylvania of seven similarly aged young men and women.
Agnes E. Grzeskowiak (pronounced gresh-KO-viyak) is my 2nd great aunt. She never married and had no children. Information about her during the three decades between 1940 and her death in 1970 remains elusive. Here is her story.
"You go here and I'll go there. We'll both be out of view. And while I sit in silent bliss, I'll think sweet thoughts of you." Postcard from 1947.
Amanda (Rhoads) Hubert (1864-1903) is my 3rd great aunt. I only know of her because of a few census entries and the photo above. She married late, died early, and had no children to tell her story. Here is what I found about one of my lesser known ancestors.
Here is a water stained matted photograph of a professionally dressed gentleman. My guess is that it was taken between 1890 and 1910. What can you tell me about this man from his distinct and distinguished clothing?
Ellen Amelia (George) Malzi (1866-1961) married John August Malzi (1865-1899) in 1891. She was widowed young, two months before their last child was born. Pictured here is Ellen, husbandless, with her 4 surviving fatherless children. Here are her stories of tragedy and strength.
Here are some charming Kodachrome photo slides of a smiling older couple from the mid 1950s. They came from a lot of about 100 slides on eBay. They appeared to be of several different, possibly related, families. Notes on some indicated East coast locales like Vermont and New York.
Frank Zuzek (1904-1981), Voice of the Detroit River - "Listeners always sat spellbound when Frank Zuzek recounted the tales of the Great Lakes freighters on the Detroit River. No one was better qualified to tell the stories."
Postcard to Mrs. Sam Beaty of Peabody, Kansas in 1918. Front: Electric Park in Kansas City, Missouri.
"My Dear Ruth: ... Well this is all I can get on the card so good bye with love from Mabel Bowers Merriam, Kansas"
We did it! Fifty-two weeks in a row The Psychogenealogist has posted a Pic of the Week. Here is a video of all of them in order. Which is your favorite? Mine is #22.
Happy New Year, 1915!
"Dear Friend: Ruth is no better. Pulse is 120-130 per minute. She looks awfully bad and the doctors say she can't possibly recover. She must lie in bed day after day, no visitors and nothing to do but wait . . . "
A Colorado Christmas, 1956 - Liza, Ethel, Jon, Anne, Elmer, and Helen
Miss Clara Richey of Fairfield, Virginia, "setting by the fire I guess" in 1912.
Ruth Ardis (Hanson) Steadman (1903-1989) - the "Camping Grandma" of California.
"Hello Grandma. Thought I would send you my photo" - 1910 postcard to Mrs. Sarah Early in Dunbar, Ohio.
In 1908 Ida Jordan wrote this postcard to her brother announcing the birth of their niece. This is the story of how that postcard was returned to descendants of the Jordan family.
John Edward Campbell (1892-1959) and Maryann Rukamp. "Uncle Ed" was the husband of my 2nd great aunt Amanda Alice (Rhoads) Campbell (1895-1988). She was the sister of my great grandmother.