Get Thee to a Nunnery

Get Thee to a Nunnery

So, we're Catholic. Really Catholic. I grew up attending Sunday School, memorizing my Acts of Contrition and finding excuses to skip out on Reconciliation every year. It was great (heavy on the sarcasm--sorry Mom!), and when I started researching my genealogy, it came as no surprise that there were not one, not two, but dozens [...]

Grandpa’s a Ghost!

Grandpa’s a Ghost!

Casimir & Mary (Witkowski) Marczynski Halloween is my favorite time of the year; growing up, my sister and I would dress as princesses or superheroes--we even had a brief vampire phase in elementary school--and brave the cool weather to go trick-or-treating with our dad. We'd make the long trek around the neighborhood, argue over who [...]

Simply Meant to Be

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 [...]

Virginia Mary Wagner, RN

Virginia Mary Wagner, RN

This is my second post in a new weekly series, Behind the Photo, that features the stories, histories and ancestors behind my most popular Wordless Wednesday photographs. Back in August, I shared a photo of Virginia Mary Wagner in a World War II-era nursing uniform. She was standing behind a sign that read, "Reserved for [...]