The [Mis]Adventures of Thomas Beals

The [Mis]Adventures of Thomas Beals

Thomas Beals was born in 1719 in Chester County, Pennsylvania to John and Sarah (Bowater) Beals, two prominent Quakers whose ancestors, according to family legend, arrived in America with the William Penn. He married Sarah Antrim on September 12, 1741 in Monacacy, Maryland, and the couple had five sons and eight daughters: Mary (b. 1742); [...]

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 [...]

One Miner’s Story

One Miner’s Story

Stanley and Gertrude (Marczynski) Tylock and their children--Marianne, Valeria, Frank and Ignatius--arrived at Ellis Island aboard the S.S. Karlsruhe on May 6, 1891. The family's destination was Eckhart, a small coal mining community in Allegany Co., Maryland. The Tylock's were the first of the family to travel to the United States and seek a new [...]