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.
For several years I have dabbled on and off with genealogy. When I took my Ancestry DNA test last summer I transitioned from occasional hobbyist to ardent life long genealogy enthusiast. The discovery of Wilfred Miles (about 1770-1825), my 5th great grandfather, marks the precise moment I became hooked.
A little over 100 years ago, on August 15 of 1916, my grandmother, Claire (Pawlowski) Halvangis, was born in Detroit, MI. Her parents, Adam Pawlowski and Mary Grzeskowiak, were Polish immigrants and came to the United States somewhere in between 1880 and 1900. Just a few weeks after my grandmother's birth, Woodrow Wilson was reelected as President of the United States. Here is the front page of the Detroit Free Press on November 10, 1916.