Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012 ~ Hello 2013!

Goodbye 2012 ~ Hello 2013!

Well, this year just flew! I wasn't able to spend as much time
on my genealogy research as I'd had liked. 
My term for the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society
as the Newsletter Editor has come to an end.
As much as I loved working on it ~
 it was very time consuming.
 I'm now the Publicity Chairperson
and I believe I will be able to accomplish a lot more
this year personally!

2012 was a great year as I was able to connect with
new cousins ~ Lotte Pedersen & Melanie Weller!
Lotte is related through my Grandmother
Alma Pedersen (Petersen) -Schuessler-Spear's Father's side
& Melanie is through my Father's Step-Father's (raised by) side.
Now, I can officially start working on adding all these
new additions to my Family Tree!

Here's to Familia!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Edward Siwinski Passed Away 87 Years Ago Today

Edward Siwinski Passed Away 87 Years Ago Today
And Was Only Seven Years Old

Edward Siwinski
Born:  18 December 1917
Cook County, Chicago, Illinois

Death:  15 September 1925
Cook County, Chicago, Illinois
Parents:  Joseph & Martha Siwinski

While Frances & Adeline were walking to school,
they were unaware that their brother, Edward, snuck out
and followed them, he was hit by a truck.
Frances and Adeline didn't talk about it much,
as it was very painful.  After Edward passed away,
Martha & Joseph had another son, Joseph "Jack", 
so he then became the baby of the family.
{As told to me by my Cousin, Betsy Grocke - Britt}

Edward Siwinski
{This is one of the only photos we believe we have of Edward at this time.}

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Married 100 Years Ago Today!

Married 100 Years Ago Today!
My Great Grandparents
Joseph Siwinski & Martha Wanderski
11 September 1912
St. John of God Church, Chicago, Illinois
Wedding Day!
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Siwinski
11 September 1912
St. John of God Church
Chicago, Illinois
16 May 1958
Married 46 Years When This Photo Was Taken
My Great Grandparents
Martha Wanderski - Siwinski
Joseph Siwinski &
My Grandma Frances Siwinski - Klecka

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wow! 114 Years Ago Today!

Wow, Wow, Wow!
114 Years Ago Today
on 27 August 1898
Heinrich aka Henry Schuessler & Bertha Mosiman were Married!
I found their Marriage Certificate on FamilySearch.org
In the following Marriage Records:
Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871 - 1920
Henry Schuessler & Miss Bertha Mosiman's
Marriage License
27 August 1898

If you have any information on the Schuessler Family ~
I would love to hear from you!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

We've Been Married 28 Years Ago Today!

Wow! Twenty Eight Years Ago Today
We Were Married!
We are High School Sweethearts, and dated for
four years after High School before Marrying ~
So, I guess that's about 35 years together! 
100 Years Ago Today
Mark Jacob Degn Jeremiassen was Baptized.
Mark's relationship to me is
Great Grand Uncle of Husband.
Mark Jakob Degan Jeremiassen
{Read From The Bottom Up}
Mark Jakob Degan Jeremiassen (1912 - )
Relationship To You:  Grand Uncle of Husband
Father of Mark Jakob Degan
Daughter of Christian
Son of Jessi Marcella Lena
Son of Paul David
You are the wife of F. Paul

Friday, August 10, 2012

34 Years Ago ~ Petition Filed for Name Change

August 10, 1978
Petition Filed
Praying For The Change Of My Name

Legal Name Change from
Edward J. Wagner to Edward J. Klecka

After my father passed away, the above newspaper clipping
was with his personal belongings.
What's amazing is that from about the age of five
my father went by the name Edward J. Klecka.
He went through school, married my mom, 
had five children, and he even went through the
United States Military using the name Edward J. Klecka.
Apparently, he did this without his name ever 'legally'
being changed from Edward J. Wagner. 
The only thing I can think of is that
he assumed it had been changed, and probably around
the time of creating his Trusts, had to do so legally.
And the one thing we all know ~ no doubt about it ~
he always was Edward J. Klecka!
~ Sharon

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Anton F. R. Gertsmayr . . . 15 Years Ago Today

15 Years Ago Today . . .
on July 14, 1997
My Grand Uncle, Anton Frank R. Gertsmayr
aka "Uncle Tony" passed away.
Here's a cool fact about Uncle Tony . . .
I'm sure we all remember chewing our Wrigley's Gum!
Well, Andrew Kappes & Anton Gertsmayr Invented
the Foil Wrap Machine for Wrigley's Gum!
How cool is that?
I can remember visiting and boy oh boy . . 
the boxes of Wrigley's Gum on that dining room table!
Kids Heaven!  (˘❥˘)
"Grab a Handful," he would say!
Anton Frank Gertsmayr
Born: May 3, 1899 - Chicago, Illinois
Death:  July 14, 1997, Chicago, Illinois
Patent 1,559,618
Package Delivery Mechanism For Wrapping Machine

Friday, July 06, 2012

Louis Baum - July 6th - 123 Years Ago Today . . .

123 Years Ago Today - At The Age of 2
Louis Baum passed away.
Who Is Louis Baum?
My Great Grand Uncle!
Son of my Great, Great Grandfather Christian Baum
& his 1st Wife, Friedericke W. Baum (nee. Griesel)
on Cook County, Illinois, Marriage Index 1871-1920
on Louis' Birth Certificate (nee. Ricka Kreaser)
Cook County, Illinois, Deaths Index, 1878-1922
b. 11 January 1887, Chicago, IL
d. 06 July 1889, at Home at 3836 Wallace Street, Chicago, IL

Monday, July 02, 2012

Ester Perez de Mantecon - 40 Years Ago ~

40 Years Ago Today . . .
At The Age of 77 Years
Ester P. Perez de Mantecon passed away
in Torrance, California. 
Born 26 February 1895, in Mexico.
Ester P. Perez de Mantecon

Saturday, June 30, 2012

102 Years Ago Today ~

If my Grandfather Edward J. Wagner were alive today . . .
He would have turned 102 Years Old!
His name was Edward Joseph Wagner, born on 30 June 1910
In Chicago, Illinois.
He passes away on 09 February 1976, in Santa Barbara, California.
He married my Grandmother Frances Elinore Siwinski.
Marriage date unknown, assuming between 1930 & 1934
in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.
Father's name is Joseph, born in Germany
& Mother's name is Helen Radlow, born in Illinois.
(Info. from Death Certificate).
He was also married to Margaret Aileen Sullivan
in Davenport, Scott, Iowa in August 1940 and
was married to Stella Hall-Wagner at the time of his death.
This is pretty much all I know of him.
How sad is it that he lived only 3 hours from his grandchildren,
five of us, and we never met him!
I'm hoping that maybe - someone will read this and see a
connection and I can get answers for my family tree.
Or possibly, find some cousins!
Edward Joseph Wagner
1910 - 1976

Thursday, June 28, 2012

On June 28, 1903 ~ 109 Years Ago Today ~

109 Years Ago Today ~
on June 28, 1903
Ester Cervantes was Born in El Paso, Texas.
Ester's Father is Ysento Cervantes  b. 1875 - d. Unknown
& her Mother is Felicitias Anderson  b. 1882 - d. Unknown

Ester Married Robert Ybarra on {Unknown}
Robert Ybarra  b. 1905, SeƱora, Mexico - d. 1965,

Ester & Robert's Children:
   Armida Ybarra 1926 – Living (My Grandmother-in-Law)
Ernestine Ybarra   1928 – Living
Cecilia Ybarra   1942 – Living
Robert Ybarra   1946 – Living

Sunday, June 24, 2012

It was such a "Bee-autiful" Day!

Today I walked over to Starbucks at the Marriott -
for my Chai of course!
It was such a "Bee-autiful" Day!
I thought I would sit on the patio & read a chapter or two in
one of my new books I bought at the SCGS 2012 Jamboree!
"Psychic Roots Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy"
by Henry "Hank" Z. Jones, Jr.
of course, just 10 minutes or so after I start reading . . 
and, if you really, really, know me . . .
{Yes! I Screamed!}

Saturday, June 23, 2012

69 Years Ago Today . . .

69 Years Ago Today ~
My Grandparents Were Married!
Frances Elinore Siwinski &
John "Jack" George Klukaczynski-Klecka
Were married on June 23, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois.
Their Certificate of Marriage was signed by
Judge Loyd M. Bradley,
Judge of 1st Judicial Circuit
Carbondale, Illinois
(My Grandmother & Grandfather - Frances' 2nd Marriage)
Original Certificate of Marriage
Original Provided by my 1st Cousin, Betsy Britt