Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Not by way of Ellis Island

Michigan Passenger List Record 
for our Grandmother Anna Stosz, age 19

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Troops Photograph Arlington Graves

ARLINGTON, Va. - Night after night this summer, troops from the Army's historic Old Guard have left their immaculately pressed dress blues, white gloves and shiny black boots at home to slip into Arlington National Cemetery in T-shirts and flip-flops to photograph each and every grave with an iPhone.
Read entire article here:  Troops photograph every Arlington grave

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Ships of our Ancestors: SS Kroonland

SS Kroonland
The 12,241 gross ton passenger steamship was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Completed in 1902, she was operated commercially for the next fifteen years, mainly between New York and Antwerp, Belgium.  In 1916 she began service between the United States and Great Britain. On 20 May 1917, Kroonland was damaged by a German submarine's torpedo while en route to Liverpool. Following repairs, the ship returned to service and was formally taken over by the U.S. Army then later the Navy. After the Armistice, Kroonland began bringing veterans home until September 1919. after which she was decommissioned in October 1919 and returned to  commercial operations in 1920.  Kroonland was scrapped in 1927.

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Our ancestors, Ignatz & Maria Kollain, arrived in New York aboard this ship in October of 1909.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Death Record of Catherine Brouillet Ducharme d.1884

1884 Death record of our 4th G-Grandmother Catherine Brouillet
 born c. 1816 daughter of Jean-Baptist Brouillet & Louise Denis Laporte
Married Francois Tetreau Ducharme 19 Oct 1830 in Quebec
Buried in Sainte-C├ęcile de Milton cemetery, Quebec.
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Friday, August 12, 2011

Indexing 'Declarations of Intention's in Cook Co., IL


The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Archives is home to more than 400,000 records of Declarations of Intention, which were usually the first papers to be filed by those who wished to become U.S. citizens.   This searchable database was created thanks to a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives, and a group of dedicated volunteers.

A search of just my ancestor's last name of Stosz gave me the results I had hoped for (shown below).  From this I can now complete the Record Search Request Form (CCG 0026A) and (along with a check for $17.42) request a copy of my Great Grandfathers record.

  Done! I look forward to getting a copy of Anton Stosz's Declaration of Intention in the mail.  

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hometowns of our Ancestors: Haarlem, Holland


 "The Great Market in Haarlem" (1696)
Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde (1638-1698).

 Haarlem's history dates back to pre-medieval times.  Still a vibrant city in the Netherlands, it is the capital of the Province of North Holland.  Located on the river Spaarne west of Amsterdam, Haarlem has been a major trading centre for tulips since the 1630's thus giving it the nickname  'Bloemenstad' meaning 'flower city'.

Grote Markt in 2007
This is the hometown of our ancestor Christian Bom, daughter of Cornelius & Agnes (Moij) Bom, who arrived in Philadelphia with her parents and brothers Cornelius and Abraham in 1683.

Monday, August 8, 2011

This date in History: The Battle of Amiens leads to the End of WW1

The Battle of Amiens began on 8 August 1918, and was the opening phase of the Allied offensive later known as the Hundred Days Offensive which ultimately led to the end of the First World War.

By the end of August 8, Erich Ludendorff, the German commander in chief, dubbed this day as "the black day of the German army" .  The Allies had penetrated the German lines around the Somme with a gap 15 miles long. Of the 27, 000 German casualties on August 8, an unprecedented proportion—12,000—had surrendered to the enemy. Though the Allies at Amiens failed to continue their success in the days following August 8, the damage had been done. "We have reached the limits of our capacity," Kaiser Wilhelm II told Ludendorff on that "black day." "The war must be ended”.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Florence (Krukowsky) Stachowski

Florence Krukowski Stachowski, 87, of South River passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2008, at her home.
Born in Jamesburg, she has resided in South River since 1941. Mrs. Stachowski was a communicant of St. Stephen's Protomartyr R.C. Church in South River where she was a member of the Rosary Society. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Stachowski, in 1982; her grandson, Robert Sova, in 1982; and her brother, Francis S. Krukowski, in 1983.
Surviving are her son, Glenn Stachowski of Spotswood; her daughter, Alice Rawluk of Jamesburg; her grandchildren, Katherine DeMartino and her husband, John, John Rawluk III, Michael, John and Nicholas Stachowski, and her great-grandchildren, Samantha, Nicholas and Tyler. Also survived by her sister, Sophie Migut of South River.
Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Maliszewski Funeral Home, 218 Whitehead Ave., South River, followed by a 9 a.m. Mass at St Stephen's Protomartyr R.C. Church in South River, with burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, East Brunswick. Calling hours at the funeral home will be 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
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Asbury Park Press - (Jun/24/2008)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Finding Land Records on the Maryland State Archives Website

Using the Digital Image Reference System for Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats located online at the Maryland State Archives 

From the MSA Home Page click the Family Historians tab.
Then select the link located by Find Specific Records
Choose the County you wish to research.

I am researching Prince Georges County:
 Prince George's County Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats

Clicking on Advanced Search gives a Description field
Here I entered a surname as the search keyword.
Below are the search results:

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Remnants of an African-American Village in NYC

Hidden SenecaVillage Excavated In Central Park:

Archeologists find remnants of 19th Century African-American village located in New York City's Central Park. 

Seneca Village in 1856
  Illustrated in a Topographical Survey
for the Grounds of Central Park by Egbert Viele.

Learn more about the excavation: Hidden Village in Central Park
Read more about:  Seneca Village

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cemetery Symbolism


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