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.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Family Name Mystery finally solved?

I'm still not too sure.

This is what George had to say about 'Dick' Wurzer:
"If you look at the obit for your g-grandfather, you will see that he's referred to as "Dick".  I never knew him by any other name, except another nickname of "Charcoal".  He drove truck for Flower City Charcoal Co.  It's possible that his dad was named Richard, but I've not really looked at the Wurzer family."

 And this is said obit:

.....            *Insert Obit when computer is off rag*           .....                   

Ladies and Gentlemen, unfortunately this what happens when you run a live blog... computers malfunction cuz they enjoy being annoying moody at certain times, and we have to take things in stride and laugh about it...

And so the family mystery still remains possibly Albert Wurzer was middle name Richard? Somehow I don't think that - his family was big on the name Leonard and several of his bothers were named and middle named that, and I could be wrong but I am pretty certain that, Leonard was in fact his middle name.
Who knows, I'm probably wrong.

Believe me I will update this misunderstanding between computer and master owner is cleared up. But until then I leave you on the edge of your seats I am sure.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Two emails in one day, and that my friends is how genealogy is done.
You see after getting that reply to my post the fire was sparked once again and my thirst for answers returned. I scrounged the Internet for possible matches to my Joseph Maeder of Rochester, NY; not much was to be found, but there was another person looking for the same Joseph Maeder as me. It is such a rush putting yourself out there asking for help from possible relatives. I love it, they hold imaginary family secrets for me and a hope that I may know more.

But I digress; I left my last blog post (and I am going off memory as I have no internet connection so bare with me) I talked of my awakening from my genealogy coma. I had received a reply to a post I had made on the Ancestry message boards of Surnames. I inquired about the last name Maeder. As I have mentioned my Great Grandmother on my paternal side was Luella Maeder and I have up until recently hit a major brick wall with her. I have been able to find nothing but questions about her. I found her on the 1900, 1905, and 1910 census listed as living with her Grandfather James Dunn(e). But nothing about her parents. 

George replied to my post saying that his (again going on memory..) Great Uncle Joseph Maeder had a daughter Luella Maeder. My Great Grandmother! George said how he knew my Great Grandfather, Dick Wurzer. He said how he used to deliver charcoal to his family in the winter. 

In all my searches I have never come across a Dick Wurzer so my interest is highly peeked. And even more so because my fathers middle name is Richard and so I have been told that he was named after a Grandfather, but like I said I have never come across a Richard yet. 

Tonight I emailed George back questioning who Dick Wurzer was. My thoughts are that he could possibly be my Great Great Grandfather. I am a young-in when it comes to genealogy, not many people my age care. But I do. I will be 25 this coming May. Anyroad, I am excited to hear back from him, he could hold so much family history to share with me. I would love to be able to call my dad and say, Hey I know who you are named after! How awesome. 

You would think I would be able to ask my Dads parents, but they can't remember.
So George is my hope. I would love to know if he knows more about Luella or Albert too.
There is a lot of hope in my heart tonight, and for that I am thankful. I don't have much right now, so this means a lot to me.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Just HAD to share!

Since being awakened from genealogy coma I came across an archive of the Kodak Magazine, from July 1920 where Hazel "Mader" won the shoe race.

Kodak Magazine

It's down a little bit, and very easy to miss so thank you to whoever invited the 'find' button in Firefox!

And if I haven't mentioned it before, Hazel was my Great Grandmother Luella's sister! So that would make her my Great Great Aunt?


Ding Dong - IM ALIVE!

Terrible terrible blogger ehhh? I won't bore you with the small details of my boring busy life.

A simple email has made my break my silence.

Scrolling through my ridiculous inbox I happened to notice a little ole email with the subject: "Message Boards: A reply has been posted to..." and if you have ever posted on Ancestry's message boards then you should have recognized that it was a message from them, well I did...hehe

Curiosity certainly killed that cat, cuz I had to open it at that moment. Memories of the posts I had made on the message boards flashed through my head, I was even more excited to see that it was a reply to a message that I specifically had made myself about the Maeder family.

That brick wall is not so solid anymore.

From the reply on my post I have learned that Luella's father was definitely Joseph Maeder, if you recall I had no idea of Joseph Maeder up until recently, because Luella is only found on the 1900, 1905, and 1910 census as living with her Grandfather, James Dunn(e). Tricky tricky, but I am that much closer to finding information.

Of course I will report back all that I learn.

Thanks if you still have been popping in to check on me. And if you are really curious as to what I have been up to, let me know and I will be more than happy to post about my busy boring life.