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, 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.


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