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Genealogy Do-Over Week One

The Genealogy Do-Over project this past week included decluttering my old 1970’s Samsonite briefcase of my old family group sheets and notes jotted down over the years.  Since the one of the goals of the project is not to “Squirrel” I tried to keep it just to the Borucki and Budny binder.  I did hit a few of the other binders just to get rid of useless paper.

1970's Template for Family Group Sheets

1970’s Template for Family Group Sheets

The hard cover briefcase has been bulging for some time now, even after a previous purge.  In my review, I found the original newspaper clipping mentioned in #52Ancestors – No. 40 – Harry Trevelyan Saves Winston Churchill in 1899 post.  I spend three hours at the Dearborn Public Library looking a copy of the article on microfilm in July 2014.  What a time waster that was.  I also found Harry’s collection of 1937 Coronation Stamps that my father didn’t sell during his trade show days.

George VI Coronation Stamp of Tower Bridge 1937

George VI Coronation Stamp of Tower Bridge 1937

Because I tend to concentrate on making a perfect template then abandoning it the template due to boredom and dis-interest.  I decided to train myself on using Family Tree Maker 2014 effectively.  I don’t want several different Excel spreadsheets that I have to create and maintain. Most genealogists are raving about Evernote. I have OneNote on my computer that I can use instead.

YouTube is the best tool for most training needs.  I used it to find training programs when I was a trainer in a previous job.  So while getting my 45 minute cardio exercise at the gym this week, I viewed videos to pass the time away. There are a number of individuals that have uploaded Family Tree Maker (FTM) how-to videos.  Ancestry owns FTM and has their own how-to training videos.

Here is a brief list of channels I have been watching.  There are plenty more channels that you can find to assist you in your training needs or learning style.

Cousin Russ
Dear Myrtle
Ancestry’s Crista Cowen

My next goal is to clean up computer files by labeling and organizing documents and photos.  I need to get ready to build my research plan for week two.


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#52Ancestors – No. 26 – Feliks Budny

This post is number 26 in the series of the #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

Time flies as they say.  Half a year has gone by since I accepted the challenge to write about one ancestor a week.  The difficult part is getting side tracked doing genealogical research instead of writing a post. Not this week.  I am in the final stages of packing to move out of my condo.  I need to stay focus.

I chose to post two photocopies of documents that record the birth and death of my Great Uncle Feliks Budny.  He was born near Mamino, Poland in 1898 and died in 1900.   He is the first born child of Adam Budny and Marianna (Mary) Borucki. 

The documents were provided by Michal J. Marciniak from PolGen Research, online at  He did some research for me back in 2010.  Michal was able to find the records at the Pultusk Archives.  

Birth record written in Russian.

Birth record written in Russian.

Death record written in Russian

Death record written in Russian

The documents are in Russian which I do not read.  I can identify the names of the parents and child.  I still need to find out the month of birth and death. Adam departed from Hamburg, Germany on May 6, 1900, and sailed to New York.  It is about a 1000 kilometers (621 miles) from Mamino to Hamburg.  That could be a 5-10 day trip or longer back in 1900.  Was Adam there for his son’s death or was he already en route to the new world.  Mary makes the trip a year latter joining her husband in Pittsburg.

The names of the parents and child are written in Russian.  I can see why there are variant spellings of Russian and Polish names based on Cyrillic writing. One could chose the Russian spelling over an English version. I used blue boxes to indicate Adam Budny, pink boxes for Mary, and two shades of purple for Feliks Budny.

The Russian spelling varies even by the writer.  Both records were written by the same person.  I have circled the names of the individuals. The capital letter “B” resembles a fancy C, E, or G; in English. The “d” in Adam can be written in the Russian form resembling a “g”.  The last letter or letters after the “n” in Budn**, I cannot decipher.  It could be the letter for, ‘y’.  Which can be confusing as the ‘y’ is ‘u’ in English.  I used a Cyrillic reference chart as a guide.

The ‘r’ in Marianna looks like a ‘p’.  Her last name Borucki looks like Bopyukou in Russian. The name is pronounced Borutski. Budny is pronounced Boodny.  My family has always pronounced Bud as in Budweiser.

Feliks name is also recorded in Russian, Феликс. Which looks like Opeunkea in the photocopy.  Mary would bestow the same name on her last child born in October 1917.  Adam most likely was not there for his birth.  Adam “disappeared” sometime in 1917.

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#52Ancestors – No. 25 – Gladys Schneider

This post is number 25 in the series of the #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

The stories about the wife of my Great Uncle Stanley Budny were not nice.  A cousin said she was much older than Stanley and that she wasn’t pretty, whilst Stanley was said to be quite handsome.  That Stanley married her because she came from a wealthier family.

I do not have a photograph of Gladys M. Schneider to debunk that piece of gossip.  I do know that she was only two years older than Stanley. There wasn’t much money in the Schneider family.  Though they owed a candy store in Detroit.  In the mid to late 1920’s I don’t think it was making a lot of money to support the large Schneider family.

Gladys is the daughter of Christoph Schneider and Eva M. Bleser.  Both her parents lived in Detroit where they married in 1897.  The relocated to Grand Rapids, MI shortly after their marriage.  Christoph worked as a confectioner while living in Grand Rapids  The family moved backed to Detroit before their daughter Ruth died in 1908.

Gladys and Stanley are married on April 25, 1924  in Ecorse, MI.  The couple have  no children, despite Stanley’s white lie he told the police in 1927.  At least none I could find listed with her on subsequent censuses. Stanley dies in a gun struggle on March 24, 1927.  You can read about Stanley’s final escapade from an earlier post.

Gladys is living in her parents household in 1930 with her siblings, and Evelyn’s husband and children.     Gladys is a clerk in a candy store, most likely her fathers.  Christoph is into real estate by 1930 and the store may be sold or closed shortly after that.    Gladys has take a position as a clerk for the State of Michigan Treasury Office.  Which I find a bit ironic since her husband was a thief.

I assumed that Gladys never remarried after Stanley’s death.  I found some information today that she may have married a man named John Scuttle.  The marriage would have taken place after 1941.  Gladys moves to Lansing, MI to continue her career with the Treasury Office.  I can find her listed in the 1954-1956 Lansing City Directories under the name Gladys Scuttle, but no listing for John Scuttle.

Gladys passes away in 1970 in Detroit. I have no idea if she kept in touch my great aunts. Darn what stories she could have told about Stanley!

Other Family Information

Gladys’s Siblings
Evelyn Schneider Reppert
Grace Schneider Peters
Ruth Schneider (1906-1908)
Harvey Schneider
Marie D. Schneider Bentley

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#52 Ancestors – No. 13 – Phyllis Budny, Inmate at Good Shephard

This post is number 13 in the series of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  The learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy’s website.

There are a lot of half truths, cover-ups and lies in my Budny family.  It stems from hiding the shame of probably being abandoned by the patriarch, Adam Budny in 1917, and Stanley Budny’s criminal ways and shocking death in 1927 . Phyllis Budny is my grandfather’s sister.  Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1906, to Adam and Mary (Borucki) Budny.   At 15, she married Lawerence Herman on June 12, 1922, in Detroit, MI.  She and Lawrence only had one child before divorcing by 1930. She remarried later to Maurice Haggerty.

Phyllis_Budny Photo

The story goes that Phyllis went a little crazy and maybe that runs in the family as to why there was not a lot of information passed down. In truth, Phyllis was quite emotional as she mostly likely would be as her son was listed as missing in action during World War II. Her son, Chester, will turn 90 in a few weeks, by the way.

Phyllis is the only Budny family member I can find in the 1920 Census. Under the name, Phyllis Budna, she is listed as an “Inmate” at the House of the Good Shephard in Detroit. The Good Shephard was a catholic asylum who’s purpose was to “restore fallen women to the path of virtue and to protect young girls who are liable to temptation from unfavorable surroundings”.  Phyllis’s only crime was being poor.

The English language can be complex.  The term “inmate” at this time refers to residing at a institution, not strictly being a person in prison or jail.  Though I have a feeling that is what it felt like.  Phyllis did not like the conditions and ran away as soon as she could and got married.

The family was very poor after her father, Adam, disappeared.  Her mother was either doing sewing or laundry work in the 1920’s to survive.  Which is not enough to support seven children.  Most of the children were farmed out or placed in institutions.  Her sister, Frances, about 15, is hiding from authorities so she doesn’t get placed in a home. Frances gets married in 1920, a few months after the census is taken.

Their brother, Stanley, was a petty thief bringing in money to try to get the family back together. He also used a couple of aliases along the way and once served time at Jackson State Prison in Michigan.  I think the family was very wary of interacting with government authorities back in the day.

So Phyllis is in the clear.  Stanley did his “time.”

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#52Ancestors – No. 5 – Ignacy Frank Borucki

This is post #5 as part of the 52 Ancestors Challenge were we blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.

Ignacy Francis Borucki is my great-granduncle, the brother of my great-grandmother Marianna Borucka.  Ignacy preferred to go by Frank in most of the sources records I have for him.  So I will use Frank.  Frank seesawed in using variants of his name.  He would sometimes go by Ignac or Frank; or use Borucki, Borucky or Borke, as his last name.  Frank was born in Mamino, Makow Mazowicki, Poland, on 24 Dec 1872 or 1873.  Various records list his birth year between 1872 and 1874. I don’t think Frank could make up his mind.

He married Alexandra Lipinska in Poland before they immigrated to America.  They arrived on 27 May 1896.  The New York passenger list states their final destination is Chicago, IL.  Their first child, Ladislaus Borucki, is born in November 1896 in South Chicago, IL.  In late 1897 or early 1898 they have moved to Pittsburgh, PA.  Ladislaus passes away in April 1898 in Pittsburgh.

He and his family still reside in Pittsburg as of the 1900 census. Frank and Alexandra have two more children, John and Wladytawa, (Lottie). There are three boarders listed with him.  One is my great-grandfather, Adam Budny, who recently arrived in America.

I discovered another passenger arrival list for Frank dated October 1900.  This record lists his hometown as Mamino.  Alexandra is not on the passenger list.   His final destination is Schenectady, NY.  Was he previously in the U.S? Yes. What was the name and location of the person he was going to stay with, his brother in Chicago, IL?  The Schenectady information appears in a thinner ink stroke and could have been added later.  I have two issues with this record regarding the brother in Chicago.

I have a copy of Franks’ 1918 Declaration of Intention for citizenship.  His lists the arrival date and ship name of his1900 arrival on his application. The Detroit address listed is the same one on his WW1 registration that states his wife’s name, Alexandra.

Growing up, all the Aunts and cousins stated there were only three Borucki siblings, Frank, Marianna and a younger sister, Josephine.  Josephine remained in Poland.  If Frank was telling the truth, who is this brother listed on the passenger list?   Why Chicago, when his family is in Pittsburgh?  A polish researcher located a record of birth for Marianna Borucki-Budny’s child born in Mamino, Poland.  One of the witnesses was a Ksawery Borucki, which could be a cousin or another possible brother.  It is possible that there were more than just the three siblings.

Frank does take his family back to Chicago.  The next three children, Stanley (1902), Edward (1907), and Raymond (1910) are born in Chicago.  The 1910 census remains elusive for me as well as any city directories and birth records. The family finally settles in Detroit, MI.  The last of the children, Zigmund and Irene, are born in Detroit.

Frank’s occupation is a die maker at Ford Motor Co.  Irene is 14 when her father, Frank dies, October 1929.  Stanley Borucki is divorced and has custody of his two young children.  He supports his mother and siblings, all living in the same house on the 1930 census.


1900 Census

Ladislaus Borucki Death Certificate

1917 World War One registration

1918 Declaration of Intention for Citizenship

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