I started my journey by starting an account with Ancestry not much I can do with just a free membership but for now I am just going to have to make due with what I have access to. With the free membership I am able to start a family tree. It is barren right now, but as I do research and get further into genealogy I am confident that it will soon be filled up.
I called my dad to see if he knew anymore than what I thought, he didn't but he had a card from my Great Grandmother's (Anna) funeral. From pure luck it happened to have Anna's maiden name as well as her parents name. It even listed Anna's mothers maiden name! Anna's father was Nathan Sadick (from oral history the Sadick side of the family were the practicing Jews) and her mothers name was Leah Sadick (Blacker).
You can not even begin to imagine how excited I was to hear those names. Names I thought I would possibly never know, right under my nose this whole time. And so began my search. I quickly jumped online to begin my search.
I started with Ancestry.com to see where that would get me, not very far in fact. I did find Nathan and Lina/Linna in the 1930 and 1920 census living in Monroe County of New York. Where I expected them to be. But that was it, and I was even more confused because I was left thinking her name was Leah. I'm not sure what to make of that, but I have hopes that I will soon know.
I hopped over to Google next, my bestfriend when it comes to all forms of research. From my Google search I was brought to MyTrees another ancestry wealth of knowledge. From there I learned that Nathan was born in 1886 and passed away in 1941, he in fact was married to Leah Blacker who was born in 1891 and passed away in 1974. I also learned that they had 5 children! That same swell of excitement swam through my body. Nathan and Leah had Herman in 1902, Albert in 1906, Gerard in 1914, Anna (my Great Grandmother!), and Samuel!
Through the links provided I found that Nathan was linked to an Abraham&Unknown. Now whether Abraham was Nathan's father, uncle, or brother that information for now is unknown to me. However I know I will find that information.
I am off to a great start though, and very pleased already with the information I have found!