Archive for January, 2018

Longevity – People and Things #52Ancestors

1884 – The oldest photograph in my possession is a tintype of my Great Grandfather, Oliver Roll born in 1884. I wrote about Oliver in the 2014 edition of 52 Ancestors. Oliver died 100 years age during the Influenza Epidemic http://traceyourgenealogy.com/2014/02/17/52-ancestors-no-7-oliver-cromwell-roll/

1917 – Photograph of my step Great Grandfather, Borden Baumgartel in his National Guard Uniform.  Border served in the Guard from 1914 to 1917. Borden was part of the 2014 52 Ancestors edition. http://traceyourgenealogy.com/2014/02/08/52-ancestors-no-6-borden-hays-baumgartel-senior/

1922 – Borden’s son, Bob, will be 96 years old this year. Uncle Bob started working for GM in his twenties.  He traveled throughout his career, living in Venezuela, Greece, and Singapore. He retired and started a second career as a stationery printer.

1924 – My first cousin once removed, Chester, will be 94. He is the first child of the second generation of my ancestral Polish immigrants.

1968 – Stuffed Bunny – “Molly” was in my Easter Basket in 1968.  My family spent Easter at the cottage located in Inverhuron, Ontario, Canada.  She has survived two attempted purges of my belongings. Not sure if she will become the RV mascot when I finally retire and hit the road.

18 Years and counting – My brother is very much dismayed when I repeatedly answer his question with the same reply. “No, don’t need one.” I am the originally owner of a 2000 Subaru Outback, nicknamed “Honu.” She rolled off the Indiana Assembly plant in March 2000.  I bought her over the internet, sight unseen. The salesperson dropped the car off at my workplace with about 100 miles on the odometer. As of today, my little green Subaru has 114,998 miles on her.  I hoped to keep answering my brother’s question, Did you get a new car yet? with “No” for another two years.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2018 Edition Challenge – Post 3

To blog more consistently in 2018, I am undertaking the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge again. The #52Ancestors Challenge is where a group of us blog about our ancestors, collateral relatives, discoveries, etc., for each week of the year.  To learn more about the challenge or if you are interesting in joining, visit Amy Johnson Crow’s site at Amy’s website.

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#52Ancestors – Favorite Photo and Most Dreaded Photo

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2018 Edition Challenge – Post 2

To blog more consistently in 2018, I am undertaking the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge again. The #52Ancestors Challenge is where a group of us blog about our ancestors, collateral relatives, discoveries, etc., for each week of the year.  To learn more about the challenge or if you are interesting in joining, visit Amy Johnson Crow’s site at Amy’s website.

Favorite Photo

Author as a young toddler

Oh my! Doesn’t this little tyke exude confidence.  I love her happy expression. She does not shy away from the camera.

As I grew older, I preferred to be behind the camera so I would not get my picture taken.  Why was she happy, who is taking the photo? One of my parents probably took the photo.

The photo is of me as a toddler taken at one of the many camping trips my family took in the 60’s.  Decades later, nature or nurture of those early camping trips, has played a role that my retirement plan includes getting an RV to travel the United States and Canada.

 

 

Most Dreaded Photo

The photos must go!

Why do I dread this photo? It’s a tote filled with the physical photos in my possession, thousands of photos. This 40 pound, 62-quart tote is an albatross around my neck. I have no desire to preserve them.  I do not have the interest, energy and the time to scan, label, and disseminate to whoever will take the photos. What! But, you are a genealogist, the family historian. Yes, and I have lost interest in being the Keeper of Photos. 

The photos have to go! There is no room in the future motor home. I will scan, label, and find a home for the old black and white photos with family members. Photos showing pastoral scenes go to the trash heap. Photos of my trips to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, trash. Google Earth ™ displays a much better image then the photo I originally took anyways. The rest of the photos will be categorized by family grouping. Then sent to some niece or nephew who may be so inclined to save for posterity.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2018 Edition Challenge

This is post 1 of the 2018 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge

To blog more consistently in 2018, I am undertaking the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge again. The #52Ancestors Challenge is where a group of us can blog about our ancestors, collateral relatives, discoveries, etc., for each week of the year.  To learn more about the challenge or if you are interesting in joining, visit Amy Johnson Crow’s site at Amy’s website.

Revisiting the Lipinski Family

During the 2014 Edition of the 52 Ancestors Challenge, I wrote about Aleksandra Lipinska.  Aleksandra is the wife of my second Great Uncle Ignacy Borucki.  Over the New Year’s weekend, I went squirreling through the Polish genealogy website, Geneteka, to look a little closer at the Lipinski family.

Prior research of Ignacy and Aleksandra’s marriage record provided the names of Aleksandra’s parents, Jan Lipinski and Anna Czaplinska.  My search in 2014 using the parent’s names in the Maków County, marriage records identified three siblings of Aleksandra. My recent foray led to the discovery of additional records of birth, marriages, deaths related to the Lipinski’s. I also found another sibling to Aleksandra, a brother named Antoni Lipinski, not previously known.

In 1920, Antoni Lipinski married Marianna Budna in Krasnosielc-Sielc, Poland.  Most likely, this is a second marriage from Antoni as he was born in 1865 and presumably had an earlier marriage. I will have to give this Marianna Budna, a nickname to distinguish her from my Great Grandmother, Marianna (Borucki) Budny (Budna).

There are additional Geneteka records that provide clues to Jan Lipinski’s and Anna Czaplinska’s , siblings, parents and grandparents. Some Geneteka records are indexed only with no scan of the record to view.  Gratefully, FamilySearch.org has microfilmed the parish records for Krasnosielc-Sielc.  An image of Jan and Anna’s marriage record available at FamilySearch, lists their parents’ names. With Jan’s parents’ names, I located siblings, and his grandparents names, Gotlib/Gotleb Lipinski and Katarzyna Tomaszewska. It appears that I will be able to take at least one of my Polish collateral line back to the late 1700’s.  Quite a feat for me, as my own direct Budny line only goes back to 1898.

Next week’s #52Ancestors prompt is “favorite photo.” Can I pick out a favorite photo to blog about?  I do have an proclamation I want to share about preserving photos.

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