Simply Meant to Be

Thaddeus Kuznicki and Gertrude Szwejbka were married on Wednesday, March 8, 1946 at St. Hyacinth’s Church in Dunkirk, New York. “The bride wore a gown of white nylon check, with a fingertip-length tulle veil. She carried a bouquet of white roses and lillies of the valley. The maid of honor, Miss Angeline Kuznicki, wore aquamarine … More Simply Meant to Be

Golden Anniversary

Wuerstle’s Tavern is often at the center of my grandfather’s story. Gramps was having a drink at the bar when John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960; when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963; when Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot and killed in 1968; and when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in … More Golden Anniversary

The Marczynski Ten

Thomas Walter Marczynski was born on December 26, 1878 in Poland to Jozef Ludwig and Theresa Katherine (Bonczak) Marczynski. He and his older siblings–Gertrude (b. 1858), Mary (b. 1865), Franciszka (b. 1868) and Casimir (b. 1871)–left for the United States at the turn-of-the-century, and they all worked for the railroad in Dunkirk, New York. Three … More The Marczynski Ten

Maude’s Diary, 1948

Maude Ora Merrill, the daughter of William Oliver Merrill and Frances Annabelle Nelson, was born in 1889 in Pomfret, New York. She and her older sisters–Celestia (b. 1881) and Amy (b. 1886)–were incredibly close (Maude was my great-grandmother’s, Beatrice Maude Peterson’s, namesake, after all), and there’s article after article in the Dunkirk Evening Observer about … More Maude’s Diary, 1948

Quaker Roots Road Trip

For my virtual road trip, I decided to research my 4th great-grandmother, Sally Bond. (Read more about the geneablogger road trip at Elizabeth O’Neal’s Genealogy Blog Party on My Descendant’s Ancestors.) Here’s what I knew: Sally married Pleasant Bond and had my 3rd great-grandfather, Thomas Bond, in 1846 in Indiana. Thomas’ daughter, my great-great-grandmother Mollie Sally … More Quaker Roots Road Trip