DNA Connections to Pomerania

DNA Connections to Pomerania

With surnames like Marczynski, Zielinski, Gostomski and Kuznicki in my family tree, I'm undeniably Polish. My great-great-grandparents, Mikołaj Kuznicki and Wiktorya Drag, left Galicia for Dunkirk, New York in their early twenties, and the Zielinski's, Gostomski's and Marczynski's all arrived at Ellis Island in 1900. Some of my ancestors started working in the coal mines [...]

Applegate Origins Part III: Wendell Applegate

Applegate Origins Part III: Wendell Applegate

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Wendell Frank Applegate was born on January 10, 1924 in Lewis Co., Kentucky to Alfred Glenn and Opal (Latham) Applegate. He had three siblings--Rosetta Grace (b. 1918), Joseph Oran (b. 1921) and Alice Gertrude (b. 1926)--and the family rented a farm on Old District [...]

Applegate Origins Part II: John Gates

Applegate Origins Part II: John Gates

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Every researcher is familiar with genealogical brick walls: those ancestors who just refuse to be found. Some relatives claimed that my great-grandfather, John Gates, was adopted and grew up in Kentucky; others, that he changed the family surname and grew up in New York. [...]