A Very Marczynski Christmas

A Very Marczynski Christmas

Edward John Marczynski--or Uncle Eddie, as I know him--was the only son in a family of eight children. He was born on November 5, 1915 in Dunkirk, New York to Casimir and Mary (Witkowski) Marczynski, and he was always close to his sister Hattie, my great-grandmother. My grandmother remembers Eddie as a warm and kind [...]

My Common Ancestor with the Wright Brothers

My Common Ancestor with the Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers Milton Wright and Susan Catharine Koerner met at Hartsville College in Hartsville, Indiana in 1853, one of the first coeducational institutions in the United States. They shared a love of learning for the sake of learning, but when Milton asked Susan to accompany him on an assignment by the Church of the [...]

The Marczynski Ten

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 [...]

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. [...]