Adair, What a Name!

Adair, What a Name!

Adair Lydia Mudd--Addie, for short--was born on January 3, 1879 in Lockport, New York to Fawn and Mary Ann (Uffindale) Mudd. She had eight older siblings--Hattie Elizabeth (b. 1849); Alice Matilda (b. 1850); Sarah Frances (b. 1852); Thomas Fawn (b. 1854); Charles Josiah (b. 1860); Willis Wells (b. 1864); Frank Hilbert (b. 1868); and Irvin [...]

In Search of Victoria Drag

In Search of Victoria Drag

Michael & Victoria (Drag) Kuznicki My maternal 2nd great-grandmother, Victoria (Drag) Kuznicki, is a mystery. She was born on December 23, 1890 in Galicia--a historical region in East-Central Europe that is divided between Poland and Ukraine today--and she arrived at Ellis Island aboard the SS Vaderland on March 30, 1909 at the age of 18. [...]

Matryoshkas & Matriarchs

Matryoshkas & Matriarchs

Matryoshka dolls--more commonly known as Russian nesting dolls--are sets of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. Matryoshka means "little maiden" or "mother," and the dolls have become a symbol of the babushka, a strong female matriarch and central figure in the family. My grandparents are Polish--not Russian--but my grandmother always had Russian [...]

Another Brick Wall Bites the Dust

Another Brick Wall Bites the Dust

John & Celestia (Merrill) Peterson with grandsons Robert Peterson (left) & Thomas Kuznicki (right) I've been searching for clues into my great-great-grandfather's past since I began researching my genealogy seven years ago. According to my grandfather, John Peterson was born in Sweden, and he married an American woman, Celestia Merrill, around the turn-of-the-century. Gramps and [...]

The Mystery Brother

The Mystery Brother

Mary (Witkowski) Marczynski // Restoration by Robin Clark In July of 1907, Maryanna Louisa Witkowski, the daughter of Nicholas and Marcella (Mintkiewicz) Witkowski, left Poland for the small town of Dunkirk, New York to marry a man she had never met. She and Casimir Marczynski, a widower with six young children, were wed on August [...]