To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Luzius & Sophia Voellinger (Yost)

Luzius Voellinger
b. July 1855 in Fulda, Germany
d. December 9, 1918

Sophia Voellinger (Yost)
b. October 1859 in Fulda, Germany
d. November 18, 1921

Luzius and Sophia are buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, NY


Friday, May 25, 2012


Very annoyed with Ancestry. Seems to be a reoccuring theme, huh?

There are 2 members with Luzius Voellinger as being on their family tree with photos and several sources and what not that I would lovee to even just talk to them, I'm not upset about not being able to see their tree. That is a personal decision to share or not to, but the fact that I can not even contact them because I am not a paying member really gets to me.

I wish there was a way around this, I would just love to talk to this one woman. She probably has so much information that I could learn about my family, and yet I am brick walled in the most horrible way. I KNOW she knows stuff that I can only dream of knowing but of course I have no way to contact her. I have replied to her message board posts but she must not frequent them anymore, because she doesn't reply to me.

Very annoyed, it is time for to step out of genealogy and jump into a book to take my mind off this terrible annoyance!


Transferring Focus

I can already tell this is going to be a post where I bounce around, so my hope for you is to be able to follow where I am headed.

In the past weeks I have mainly kept my focus on the Sadick side trying to gather and piece together as much information as I can possibly can. But yesterday during a couple searches I ran across some information about Sophia Voellinger (Yost) my 2x Great Grandmother, so today I going to try to dig up anything else that I can.

It is so weird how one minute you can be focusing on one thing and then the next you onto something completely different, all stemming from one random thought. Very odd.

Yesterday I discovered that my 2x Great Grandfather, Sophia's husband "Louis" well of course his name was Americanized. His correct spelling is Luzius! Doesn't shock me in the least bit I am sure his last name Voellinger, was Americanized as well.

Another bs post I'm afraid I didn't get far with my research unfortunately. I'm hoping to find either Sophia or Luzius on a ship manifest. I am planning a trip to the library tomorrow so hopefully I will be able to find something else there. For now I will leave you again with the most gorgeous little girl that I know!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012


I have come across many surnames in my genealogy search so far, and I am only 1+ month into my quest. I can only imagine when I am 1+ year what else I might uncover! But today I want to focus on the surnames I have come across and what they mean and where they originate from.

I know no one really cares it is more for my own personal use than for anything else. So feel free to ignore this if you wish to.

I am not going to go into detail which side and from who the surname comes from cause honestly I see myself getting very confused in the midst of it bear with me. I have pulled majority of my research from The Internet Surname Database, amazing resource! And then the rest I have come by from trusty Google.

Wurzer: German
One who sold vegetables?

Meader: English
Recorded in the spellings of Mead, Meade, Medd, Meads, Meder, Meader, and Meaders, this is an English surname. It has two possible and distinct origins. The first and most likely, being an English topographical name from residence by a 'mede or mead' The derivation being from the pre 7th Century word "moed", the later medieval "mede", and describing a water meadow or specifically land which was flooded with water in winter , but used for grazing in summer. The second possibility is that the name originated as a metonymic occupational name for a brewer or seller of "Mead". This fermented beverage made from honey and water, often with spices added, was the popular drink of the Middle Ages.
McCormick: Old Gaelic (Scottish and Irish) with variant spellings MacCormack, Cormick etc., is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic (Scottish and Irish) patronymic MacCormaig i.e., "son of Cormac", a personal name from the early Celtic "corb-mac" meaning "chariot lad" or "charioteer".

Sadick: English
Beofre English spelling was standardiszed a few hudred years ago, spelling variations of names were a commone occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorportated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sadick include Sedgewick, Sedgewicke, Sedwick and many more.
Blacka: Scottish and English
This very old and famous surname, equally popular in Scotland and England, has at least two possible origins, the first being a nickname given by the invading Angles and Saxons to the native Celts and Britons who were darker-haired and darker-skinned than themselves. There is an ancient fable that Wulfricus Niger, otherwise known as Wulfric the Black circa 980, received his name after blackening his face in order to pass undetected through his enemies. The second possible origin is as a shortened form of Black-Smith, a worker in cold metals, as distinct from a White (Smith), one who worked in hot metals. The surname was popular in Scotland from the 15th Century. Adam Black of Edinburgh (1784 - 1874), a publisher, acquired the rights to the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1827. No less than ten Coats of Arms were granted to families of this name. Those borne by Gilbert Black, Dean of the Guild of Aberdeen (1672), depict a black saltire between a red mullet in chief and a red crescent in base, on a silver shield with a black chief. A demi lion proper is on the Crest, and the Motto, "Non Crux, sed lux", translates as, "Not the cross, but its light".

Gross: German
Recorded in many forms including Gros, Gross, Grose, Grosse, Groz, Groos, and compounds such as Grossbauer, Grooskopf, Grosman, Groseman and Grossman, this is a surname recorded in the British Isles over many centuries, but essentially of Germanic pre 6th century origins. Gross means big or large, and in most cases with the surname it originally meant what it says. For example as Grossman, this could indicate either a big man, or more likely a friend or servant of a person called Gross. Compound surnames were not necessarily descriptive at all, they were often purely ornamental. As such they were given either to refugees from foreign parts, Germany being considered for centuries the most liberal part of Europe, or sometimes to people who had a very popular name like Schmit or Schmidt. This name was even more popular than in the British Isles and the government encouraged nameholders to adopt other identifiable names, of which this is a good example.

Doucet: French
French language surname, especially popular in Canada, the former area of Acadia in particular (now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and parts of Quebec and New England. A common variant in spelling is "Doucette". Most Doucets in Canada pronounce their surname as "DOU-set" or "Dou-SET", rather than "Dou-SAY" as modern French might require. Some argue this pronuciation may derive from dialects of sixteenth century French such as was found in Brittany, a common origin of French-Canadian settlers; however Dou-SAY is the most popular pronunciation among Cajuns in Louisiana.
Comeau: French
The Comeau surname is considered topographic. These names were mainly given to individuals in regard to their location. So, the surname Comeau would have been given to an individual livling in a combe, a valley.
Arsenault: Russian originally from Greek
This surname of ARSENAULT was a Russian baptismal name, originally from the Greek given name ARSENI, meaning 'virile, masculine'.

Hachae-Gall: ????

Maethot: ????

David: Hebrew?
This famous medieval surname is recorded in over one hundred spellings, and found throughout Europe. These include examples such as Daud, Dewi, and Taffe, through to patronymics Davidge, Davidovich, and Davitashvili. It owes its popularlity to the Hebrew male given name "David" meaning "beloved", which as a given name has always been very popular with both the Jews and the Christians. The reasons are rather confused, but essentially the original King David, regarded as the greatest of the early kings of Israel, is held upto be a popular hero by both races. The popularity of the name throughout Europe followed the famous "crusades" of the 11th and 12th centuries, when successive generations of kings mounted expeditions to save the Holy Land for Christianity. All were unsuccessful, but returning soldiers and pilgrims fired by their experiences, gave biblical names to their children in commemoration of their father's exploits. David was one of the most popular.

Lenormand: Olde English
This interesting name originated either as an ethnic byname for Scandinavian settlers in England, who came to be known as Northmen or Normen, from the Olde English "Northmann" (plural "Northmenn"), meaning "men from the North", or as a post - Conquest name for someone from Normandy in the North of France. The derivation in this case is from the Old French "Normand" or "Normant", a Norman. Many of these Normans were themselves originally of Scandinavian origin, which makes for an interesting re-introduction of the name into England. The personal byname Norman, with its Latinized form "Normannus", was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, and continued in popularity as a personal name throughout the subsequent Centuries. in the modern idiom the surname can be found spelt as Normand, Normant and Lenormand.

Bioselle: ????

Le Laboureurer: ????

Bardin: Anglo-Saxton English

Chartrae: ????
The nationality of Chartray may be very difficult to determine because regional boundaries change over time, leaving the nation of origin indeterminate. The original ethnicity of Chartray may be difficult to determine as result of whether the name came about naturally and independently in various locales; for example, in the case of surnames that come from a craft, which can crop up in multiple countries independently (such as the name "Miller" which referred to the profession of working in a mill).

Rancin: Scottish

Hallae: English
The Hall surname has several possible derivations: First a place name derived from various words for "large house," usually used to signify someone who lived in or worked in a hall or manor house. Second from the Norse hale and Anglo-Saxon haele, meaning "hero." Third possibly an old Norse word for "boulder, slope," thus meaning someone who lived on a slope. And last but not least possibly from the Norwegian hallr, meaning "flint."

Conflans: ????

Chaignot: French

Roisser: ????

Maranda: ????
This is a locational name recorded in the spellings of Miranda, Mirando, and Amiranda. It can be from any of the various places called 'Miranda' in Spain, Catalonia, and Portugal. The placename and hence the surname, derives from the Roman (Latin) "mirandus" meaning "wondrous" or "lovely", but in the context of a village translates as "the admired place". It is also possible that in some instances the surname derives from the north eastern Spanish "miralla" meaning a watchtower or look out post. The surname in the spelling of 'Morando' is frequently recorded in the registers of St. Mary's church, Woolnoth, London, from the mid 16th Century onwards, an example being Clement Morando who was a witness there on May 17th 1565.

Valet: French

Huard: English

When the final definitive history of famous English surnames is written, the surname of Howard will surely be near the head of the list. There are two possible derivations for the name; it may derive from the Norman personal names "Huard", and "Heward", introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066, and adopted from a Germanic name composed of the elements "hug", heart, mind, spirit, with "hard", hardy, brave, strong; or it may derive from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name "Haward", composed of the Old Norse elements "ha", high and "varthr", guardian. The names "Huardus, Huart" and "Houardus", all appear in the Domesday Book of 1086. In the modern idiom, the surname has many variant spellings, ranging from Howerd and Heward and Huard.

Alain: Celtic
In Celtic, the name Alain means- Variant of Alan: Harmony, stone, or noble. Also fair, handsome. Originally a saints name, it was reintroduced to Britain during the Norman Conquest, remained popular throughout the Middle Ages, and was revived in the 19th century.. Other origins for the name Alain include - Celtic, French, French, Gaelic, English.The name Alain is most often used as a boy name or male name.

Glazier: Angelo-Saxon
This unusual surname, of Anglo-Saxon origin, is an occupational name for a glazier or glass blower, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "glats" meaning "glass", with the addition of the agent suffix '-er'. Job descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer and later became hereditary.

LeCouffe: ????

Bourre: ????

Ferlatte: ????

Laviolette: French

Savoye: French

Voellinger: ????

Rath: Oriya
Rath or Rathasharma are Utkala Brahmins having Atreya or Krishnatreya gotra.The surname in ancient days were given according to gotra and the speciality of the job done by brahmin scholars.They especially specialise the Vikriti Paatha of Shukla Yajurveda and Rigveda which is Ratha Patha.The Veda can be recited in 11 different ways among which 3 are prakruti and rest 7 are Vikruti.

Palagia: ????

Grunwald: German or Swedish
This interesting name is a dialectal variant derivation from either the German "Grunwalde or Grunwald" or the Swedish "Grounval", the translation being "the dweller in green forest". There are over one hundred medieval Germanic surnames commencing with the prefix "Grun" or the later "Gron", (green) all are askenazic and replace original hebrew etymology or were names "imposed" by the authorities to ensure easy identification. These "topographical" surnames include examples such as Grunbaum (Greentree), Grinberg (green hill), Gruengras (Greengrass) Grunwald, Grunwall, and Grinvald (all green forest).

Bauman: German
This interesting and long-established surname is of early medieval German origin, and is either a status name for a small farmer or a nickname meaning "neighbour, fellow citizen". The derivation is from the German "Bauer" (Middle High German, "(ge)bur"), ultimately from the Old High German "giburo". The Middle High German word denoted an occupier of a bur, a small dwelling or cottage; hence, "neighbour, fellow citizen", but this word later fell together with the Middle High German "buwaeere", an agent noun from the Old High German "buan", to cultivate (the land), thereby denoting a peasant farmer, one who depends on either cottage industry or agricultural labour as a means of subsistence.

Wimmer: English
Recorded today in the spellings of Wimlett, Wimlet, Wimmer, Wimmers, and Wymer, but originally only recorded in the latter spelling, this is a very rare English surname. However spelt it is a derivative form of the pre 7th century Anglo-Saxon personal name 'Wigmar' or the slightly later Breton 'Wimarch'. The former was a name brought from Germany in the 6th century, and the latter an 'introduction' by the Norman-French at the 1066 Invasion of England. The Anglo-Saxon name translates as 'war-famous' and the latter 'worthy-horse', both suitable names for 'invaders'. However after the 12th century they became assimilated in a single form of 'Wymer', firstly as a personal name and then itself a popular surname. A short form of 'Wim' developed as a personal name in the 14th century, and from this developed the later surname forms with the addition of the diminutive suffix ending 'et(t)', or sometimes 'ot(t). Both are short versions of the French word 'petit' to give a translation of 'Little Wim' or perhaps 'son of Wim'.

Marker: ????

Kohler: German
This is a German surname of early medieval origins. Recorded in a variety of spellings including Kahler, Kohler, Kohlert and Kohlerman, it was originally either an occupational name for a charcoal maker, and later a collier or more likely an owner of coal mines, or it was a locational surname of landowning origins, from a place called Koler. Curiously the word as kohl or kohle was used to describes a cabbage grower, whilst the topgraphical surnames Kohlheim and Kohlhof can mean either cabbage hamlet or house or coal hamlet or house. Occupational surnames, although amongst the first to be created, only became hereditary if a son continued in the same occupation as the father.

Arnold: Olde German and Anglo-Saxton

This ancient and distinguished surname, recorded in over fifty spellings, is usually of Olde German and Anglo-Saxon origins. It derives from a baptismal compound personal name Ernault or Arnolt, of which the elements are "arn", meaning an eagle, and "wald", to rule. The name spread rapidly throughout Northern Europe in the period known as "The dark ages", roughly between the 6th and 11th centuries a.d., and following the fall of the Roman Empire. There are now many different spellings of the surname and examples include Arnhold, Arnout, Arnatt, Erni, Harnett, Arnould, Arnaud, Ahrend, Arnaudi, Arlett, Arnaudin, Arnaiz, Arents and many others. The first country in the world to adopt hereditary surnames as we know them today was England, where they were first used, although only by the nobility or clergy, after the Norman-French Invasion of 1066. In the year 1086 the Normans completed a survey of the country known as the Domesday Book, this being the first gazetter of its kind ever produced.  

Iederer: ????

Kastner: German

Meunier: French
Noble surnames, such as Meunier, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The Meunier surname may be a local surname, that is, a name derived from the name of a place where they once lived, or held land. The meunienr family name is thought to have frives from Meunet, a town in the department of Indre, in the district of Issouidun. It has been suggested that Meunier may have been an offupational name for a miller, deriving from the word "meuiner" or "mounier", in Olde French.

As you can see, there is a LOT. I listed Paternal surnames in blue and Maternal surnames in purple. Can you tell which side I have had the most luck with? I can go fairly far back on my Maternal side. 

I feel that ya'll should know that this post took me over an hour and half to complete this post, and in all reality it is not finished. A few surnames I was never able to find anything about! Grrrrr! Another time perhaps.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Henry & Mary Voellinger (Rath)

Henry Elmer
1898 - 1980
(b. September 2, 1898 in NY
d. December 22, 1980)
My Maternal Great Grandfather

Mary M. (Rath)
1906 - 1988
(b. October 19, 1906
d. August 8, 1988)
My Maternal Great Grandmother, passed away only months after my birth

Your both forever missed.

They are buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, NY


Monday, May 21, 2012


What a complete and total bust. Waste of time in fact.

Weeks ago I emailed NYC National Archives in hopes that they may have records of Nathan and Leah's immigration to the US or even neutralization records for either of them. No dice. Or at least not that branch. I am going to email a different branch because they hold the records for such after the time period of 1906. Nathan and Leah came over in 1904 so if they do have neutralization records they are most definitely not going to be before 1906!

All in all I guess it was not a complete bust, or waste of time because now I know who to contact for the correct information if it is out there. And hopefully it is. Just going to take another couple of weeks.

I wish I could write more but I am afraid this weeks post are going to be slim to none. Friday I sliced my hand cleaning the kitchen sink so I have 6 ugly stitches in my right hand. Of course my dominant hand, in a place that makes typing and basically anything else rather difficult. Don't worry next week I will be right back at it, just need to get these nasty things out of my hand.

As Boyfriend says I am Sally for now. God, I love Sally.

Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas but of course. See the resemblance?

Moral of the story, cleaning a kitchen sink is a rather dangerous business. Just leave it dirty. Bahahaha!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Back to the cemetery I go

I am heading back to the cemetery. I am going to find Nathan and Leah. I do not plan on having my daughter so that will free up a heck of a lot more time for me to search, and from what family members have described to me I definitely have a better idea of where they are.

Not much else has been going on. I have read literally 5 books in the past week, it is a series and seriously can.not.put.the.Kindle.down!

And the weather has been amazing. Literally gorgeous out. Not hot, but so gorgeous where you feel like you could live outside.

I know this post is a bs one, but what if I leave you with 2 pictures of the most gorgeous little girl I know!

Don't mind the scratch just under her eye. It gives her charter right? Well it does until I tell you how she got it, haha. She is a wild sleeper and often wakes with face wounds from her wild nights. This child is something let me tell you, and she is one of the biggest motivations I have for Genealogy! When she comes to me wondering where our ancestors came from I want to be able to tell her without so much of a second thought!

After I am satisifed with my research on my side of the family I am going to explore her fathers side of the family for her.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Trapped in books..

Can't get out.

Must get back to book...

Maybe tomorrow I'll write. Haha, seriously you have no idea how badly I get sucked into books. Boyfriend lent me his Kindle...just added gas to the fire!


Monday, May 14, 2012

Mystery Monday: Nathan Sadick

Please forgive me, I am having a terrible time trying to save these newspaper articles to my desktop to get them here. So I have resorted to doing a screen shot of them, which of course then makes the quality of the newspaper article terrible so of course you can not read it what so ever. But I will carry on with my quest but also transcribe what they say so you can see.

Toady's mystery is none other than Nathan Sadick of course! As I mentioned in my last post I have come across several newspaper articles spanning from January 1922 - February 1935 about Nathan having court dates? I am rather confused by it all (hence the mystery).

I have asked cousin Lynda if she knew anything, but she didn't. I think it might have to do with Nathan's business? Probably not. I will most likely never know exactly, maybe I will. Who knows.

As you can see I circled where Nathan is in the paper andddd his last name is spelled Sadek! WTH!! Head meet desk please. Any road, this is what it says:

"Court Proceedings
Monroe County

Calendar For To-Day"

Further down where I have circled it then says

"Stephen Rauber vs Nathan Sadek and ano-- Jas M E O'Grady for plff"

This was Saturday, January 14, 1922

This was from Monday, February 25, 1935

This one is also harder for me to understand because I just don't know! I believe Nathan's information is under "City Court"

Again I have circled where his name appears and it says:

"Nathan Sadick v Jacob Kowal"

Anyone got any ideas? I have the actual links to the articles if anyone would like to see if they can crack these codes or find more information. I will keep trying, but I am getting no where fast with it all unfortunately. 


Friday, May 11, 2012

More Quiet

Not much to report.

I have been sucked into my books lately. I have an addiction to reading and often times I get sucked in and can not for the life of me find a way to stop reading.

Hopefully I will find my way out of the books this weekend and onto some stuff.

I have found a few newspaper articles in Rochester about Nathan being involved in court; court for what? I am not sure, but in the coming weeks I hope to be able to answer that question.

Oh and tomorrow is my birthday :) shameless plug I know, but those are the real reasons I won't be around til monday at the earliest.

So happy 24th birthday to me. And Happy Mothers to all the mothers out there, as well as me again!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mystery solved??


I guess as much as I might be able to solve it at this time. Like I talked about in my Military Monday: Nathan Sadek post I found a WWI draft registration card for Nathan Sadek (?) of course this brought lots of questions about whether or not he was in WWI, how the heck is his last name ACTUALLY spelled, and many more. So I emailed my 3rd cousin 2x removed who actually knew Nathan when he was living to see if she could answer some of my questions and with what she told me I am confident that I have pieced together some actual information from this card.

I am 99.99% confident that it is in fact my 2x Great Grandfathers draft registration card. Lynda (the cousin) told me "..I can say that from all the old stories, this very religious man would have never served. His spoken English was not very good as his wife's English was also very broken. And I do not think that he could read English either. Grandma Leah never learned to read nor write in English either. Their lives revolved around Judaism and Yiddish was the language of choice..."

After a simple Google search about WWI draft registration cards I found this information "...Visitors to the U.S. and non-citizens were required to register, but were exempt from induction into the army. Virtually all the men required to register.." on RootsWeb. So Nathan definitely had to fill one out, but because at that time he was not a US citizen he was automatically exempt.

Because of what Lynda told me about Nathan's academics it leads me to believe that Nathan did not fill out the registration card himself. Maybe a friend of the family or one of the children did? Either way this could account for the last name being spelled wrong. Maybe he did not know how to spell it in English and gave the wrong spelling?

What really convenienced me that this was my 2x Great Grandfather's draft registration card was when Lynda told me this "..he owned a Dry-Cleaning shop and a tailoring Shop (all in one)..." on the draft registration card it lists Nathan's occupation as a tailor. Sealed the deal. Definitely his.

Very cool. I am off to search for some information about Nathan's Dry-Cleaning/Tailoring shop. Wish me luck, this should be an interesting search. Haha.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lucille Francis Gross (Voellinger)

Lucille Francis Gross (Voellinger)
My Maternal Grandmother

b. May 1, 1928
d. October 1982

Here is she at her Graduation in June of 1946, she was 18 years old. I wish I got to meet her, but I blessed my daughter with Lucille as her middle name.

She is so beautiful.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Military Monday: Nathan Sadek

I first must give thanks to my local public library for having a membership to Ancestry because without them I would have not found this.

Nathan "Sadek" WWI draft registration card

So cool. I wish I knew more about this. Anyone have any idea what it means? Was he in WWI?

And now more than ever I seem to be at a peak of confusion about his last name. Is it Sadick or Sadek?? Which is correct. I know without a doubt that the last name was "Americanized" when they came over, just like his first name which is really, Naftali. Just makes me wonder if I will ever have this 'mysteries' really solved.

Off to email a cousin who knew Nathan personally to see if maybe she can shed some light.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Funeral Card Friday: Ann Helen McCormick (Sadick)

Ann Helen McCormick (Sadick)
b. January 13, 1910
d. August 28, 2002

My Great Grandmother
Wish I could say that I knew her well and we were close. I was young.

(left to right) Great Grandma Ann and my Grandmother Delores

Miss you Great Grandma

ps I know they are terrible quality pictures, I am looking into getting a flatbed scanner.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Translation anyone?

I went to the cemetery. Honest to God I do not remember that cemetery being that huge. Being a wild teenager that I was, my friends and I would frequent that cemetery at night to do..whatever. I could have walked by my 2x Great Grandparents grave and had no idea!

Any road. The cemetery is not what I remembered. I remember a cute small Jewish cemetery. Well you know what it is a medium sized Jewish cemetery with easily 400+ people! I was not prepared for that, first off I had my daughter with me, second I thought I would be able to just walk through and find them. I did not think it would be the 1st time I went there but definitely the 2nd! Well I now know that, that is unrealistic!

Row upon row upon row!

Well I set out to find Nathan and Leah Sadick..I did not, BUT I did find Albert and Rhea Sadick. My Great Uncle and Aunt. So tit for tat, I will find Nathan and Leah, hopefully the next time I go there.

Hebrew inscription reads "Abraham ben Naftali'  which means Albert son of Nathan
 "Rifka Bes Eliaza" which means Rifka daughter of Alizar

The Hebrew letters across the bottom  translate to  "Their souls will be in the Book"

Pretty cool, if I do say so myself!!

And in other Sadick news, I got in touch with my 3rd cousin 2x removed. She lives really close by, maybe we will get a chance to get together and talk about family history?


Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I am living in a state of confusion.

I learn one thing, find a document and it contradicts what I had originally learned. Back to square one. It is so frustrating.

I think what frustrates me the most is the mystery behind will I ever truly know? I feel like it always is coming back to Nathan and Leah too. At least the past couple days that is how it has been. I keep meaning to get to their grave sites. I am honestly not sure what I hope to learn from their tombstones. I mean at most realistically it is going to say their names, dates of births, and death dates. Nothing more. Nothing less. So what can I learn from them? Nothing. And yet I continue to hold onto this thought that maybe I will learn something I had not already known. What I really wish I would learn is where they are from. Some documents I have found say Russia, and then others as well as long lost family members are saying Poland. Who or what am I supposed to believe?

The documents? Or word of mouth?

And I think we all know that it has been proven (in this blog specifically) that oral history needs to be taken with a very large portion of salt!

I think for the remainder of the day I am going to focus on maps in the early 1900s. It has been suggested that the reason for differing opinions on where Nathan and Leah were born could be because, " different times,  The Russian Government controlled the part of Poland (the Shtetles) where the Jewish immigrants came from.  These places such as Ciechenow are now in Poland but in 1903, the russians could have controlled Birth registrations."

So are we considered Russian or Polish? I think those are hugely different nationalities!

Well I am off to bury my nose in 1903 maps of Russia and Poland, maybe I will find something. That would be awesome but I am not going to hold my breath.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Florence & John Buending

Tombstone of Florence and John Buending as well as C.W. "Butch" and Margaret
Buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Florence 1926-1960
John 1935-1960
C.W. "Butch" 1907-1981
Margaret 1911-2008

You see that right folks, Florence buried right next to her MURDERER! Honest to God I can not even say anything else about this other that it thoroughly disgusts me. I would love to ask who buried her there WHY they did that.

I would love to know who "Butch" and Margaret were, and how they were related to John. Maybe another day I will find out.

Evergreen Cemetery: Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin