Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Family Tree of Tim Tebow, Quarterback of the Denver Broncos

If you know me well, you know I have a hobby of picking up and researching random celebrities' family trees. I've previously researched and posted about Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packer and also Lady Gaga.. far many more not publicly posted about. So when I began researching into Tim's family, I was pleasantly surprised at the wealth of information I was able to find.

 I began with some public data: his name, date or birth and the names of his parents. I was able to easily find the marriage record for his parents (12 Jun 1971 in Alachua County, Florida) and then found the birthdays for both of his parents from the Public Records databases on Ancestry.com. Knowing that Tim's father was a Junior/II, I figured finding Tim's grandfather under the same name would be easy enough.. and boy was I right! What I found when I entered their full name (Robert Ramsey Tebow) was Tim's grandfather's application into the SAR.. the Sons of the American Revolution! You can find the images to the left (part 1) and below (part 2). These two documents hold a wealth of information that Tim's grandfather knew and had researched, obviously with the help of the publication "The Hayes Family, Origin, History and Genealogy", by Royal s. Hayes. Tim's grandfather had researched his roots back to the Revolutionary veteran, Captain Joseph Hayes.

Have you researched into Tim Tebow's ancestry?
What interesting things did you find? :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Christmas Genealogy Wish-List

Dear Santa & his Elves at FamilySearch,

I've been a good boy this year, giving aid to researchers left-and-right; from strangers to fellow geneabloggers. I know this to only be a wish-list, but please consider my list and hopefully some will come true and appear on your website, in the year-to-come! For each request, I will describe one good genealogy deed I have done in the past year. I will only request three specific things... because i'm not greedy, of course! :-p

1. Hungarian Church Records
I have helped countless fellow Hungarians who contacted me by email, find out more about their Hungarian heritage. I helped them to determine where in Hungary their family was from and the next proper steps to successful research.

2. German Church Records
I had stumbled upon a blog post by fellow geneablogger, Randy Seaver, and was able to quickly find out information to aid him in his search. He even made a post about it here, and a subsequent post here.


3. Polish Church Records for Barycz and Osobnica; even on microfilm!
I helped a member of the Society of Genealogists (SOG) based in the UK, to create a course on Eastern European research. The course will begin in January.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

20% Off Sale on Professional Services at Hungary Exchange!

I'm happy to announce that during the month of November, i'm offering a 20% off sale on my professional services via Hungary Exchange. The 20% discount will be taken off the grand total at the end of all research conducted. To be entitled to the 20% discount, customers must pay the retainer fee before the end of November. This offer cannot be used on existing projects and it ends on November 30, 2011. Contact me if you have questions of any kind.

If you're interested in my professional services, please take a look at my page here. Quotes on projects are, as always, free and I can easily be contacted at my email address: nickmgombash@yahoo.com.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Ancestors GeneaMeme

I'm a day late with this post, but here is my response to this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! Here are the rules and such: 


1)  Participate in the Ancestors GeneaMeme created by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog.

2)  Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook Status post or note, or in a Google+ Stream item.

The Rules:

The list should be annotated in the following manner:

Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item 


The Meme:
Which of these apply to you?


1.  Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents
2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors
3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents
4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times
5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist (my great-grandfather was a wonderful man *rolls eyes*)
6.  Met all four of my grandparents (half passed away before I was born)
7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents (my g-grandma Sylvia!)
8.  Named a child after an ancestor
9.  Bear an ancestor's given name/s (very distant, yes.. but nothing close)
10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland (my mother's surname is!)
11.  Have an ancestor from Asia (I am a descendant of Attila the Hun.. and I can prove it, too!)
12.  Have an ancestor from Continental Europe
13.  Have an ancestor from Africa
14.  Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer
15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings
16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man

17.  Have an ancestor who was a midwife
18.  Have an ancestor who was an author
19.  Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones (actually... I don't believe I do)
20.  Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng (maybe, considering my descent from Attila the Hun and his Asiatic ancestry!)
21.  Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X
22.  Have an ancestor with a forename beginnining with Z
23.  Have an ancestor born on 25th (my 3rd-g-grandfather James A. J. Costilow & 6th-g-grandfather Christian Schneider)
24.  Have an ancestor born on New Year's Day 
25.  Have blue blood in your family lines (my great-great-grandmother was of Hungarian nobility, and is a descendant of a daughter of King Béla IV of Hungary)
26.  Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
27.  Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth (two great-grandparents were born in Hungary and Poland, though)
28.  Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century
29.  Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier
30.  Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents
31.  Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X
32.  Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university
33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence (ooohhh Hiram Howell....)
34.  Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime (again.. ohhh Hiram Howell.. he was murdered)
35.  Have shared an ancestor's story online or in a magazine
36.  Have published a family history online or in print
37.  Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries
38.  Still have an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family (I would love to buy the Hays Rodgers home in Mississippi)39.  Have a family bible from the 19th Century
40.  Have a pre-19th century family bible

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - List Your Matrilineal Line(s)

Here are the rules, as posted on Randy Seaver's blog, for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!!:

1) List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

3) Post your responses on your own blog post, in Comments to this blog post, or in a Status line on Facebook or in your Stream at Google Plus.

4)  If you have done this before, please do your father's matrilineal line, or your grandfather's matrilineal line, or your spouse's matriliuneal line.

5)  Does this list spur you to find distant cousins that might share one of your matrilineal lines?  

Here's mine:

My matrilineal line is:

a) Nick M. Gombash
b) Réne Rodgers
c) Elaine Florella Stuempges (1926, Polar, WI -1987, Chicago, IL) married Thomas Thurman Rodgers

d) Sylvia Maria Bertha Hedwig Martin (1909, Polar, WI - 2008, Antigo, WI) married Walter John Stuempges
e) Maria Summ (1883, Antigo, WI - 1972, Antigo, WI) married Herman Wilhelm Gustav "Gust" Martin
f) Maria Blum (1860, Gutach, Germany - 1951, Norwood, WI) married Johann Georg Summ
g) Barbara Schneider (1824, Gutach, Germany - 1864, Gutach, Germany) married Georg Blum
h) Barbara Brohammer (1788, Gutach, Germany - 1856, Gutach, Germany) married Jacob Friedrich Schneider
i) Catharina Beilharz (1761, Hohenweg, Germany - 1818, Gutach, Germany) married Christian Brohammer
j) Barbara Winkler (? - ?) married Johann Jacob Beilharz

Similar to Randy, I also had my DNA tested and I came up as mtDNA Haplogroup K. We're cousins, Randy! :)

On my Gombash side, the matrilineal line of my father is:

a) John E. Gombash, Jr.
b) Mary Louise Adas (1940, Chicago, IL - 1986, Chicago, IL) married John E. Gombash, Sr.
c) Martha Violet Czarny (1911, Chicago, IL - 1989, Chicago, IL) married Edward Robert Adas, Sr.
d) Rozalia Sophia Wozniak (1887, Osobnica, Poland - 1959, Chicago, IL) married Wojciech Czarny
e) Agatha Turek (? - ?) married Wawrzyniec Wozniak


My Rodgers grandfather's matrilineal line is:

a)  Thomas Thurman Rodgers (1928, Duck Hill, MS - 1983, Paducah, KY) married Elaine Florella Stuempges

b)  Ellen Inez Martin (1902, Carrollton, MS - 1991, Jackson, MS) married Fred Lamar Rodgers
c)  Samatha Aylene Costilow (1869, Holmes Co, MS - 1908, Carroll Co, MS) married Samuel Christopher Columbus Martin

d)  Martha A. Miller (1836, AL? - 1877, Holmes/Yazoo Co, MS) married James Andrew J. Costilow

My Gombash grandfather's matrilineal line is:

a)  John E. Gombash, Sr. (1935, Caretta, WV - 2005, Joliet, IL)
b)  Catherine Anna Grządziel (1906, Barycz, Poland - 1970, Chicago, IL) married Alex Gombash
c)  Amelia Stec (1887/1888, Barycz, Poland - 1968, Cleveland, OH) married Frank Grządziel
d)  Sophia Zwiszek/Swiszek (? - ?) married Jan Stec


Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Family Tree of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, born as Stefani Germanotta, was born to parents who both shared Italian ancestry. Her direct paternal line and direct maternal line are both of Italian extraction. I started researching Lady Gaga's family tree about a year ago, and I had since forgotten about it. I remembered it today and I thought I would share with the world (and her fans!) the details of her ancestry. Below, I will briefly write about her family tree. What I don't talk about will be featured in the image of her family tree, so make sure to check that out for additional information.

Lady Gaga's paternal grandfather was Joseph Anthony Germanotta. He was born to Italian immigrants from Naso, Messina, Sicily. Joseph Anthony actually passed away a year ago, today.. 24 Sep 2010. RIP Mr. Germanotta.



Lady Gaga's mother is of Anglo-American and Italian heritage. Her mother is Veronica Rose Ferri and was born to Italian immigrants. At this point, I am unsure where in Italy Veronica's parents were from. Anyone know? :)

Veronica Ferri's husband was Paul Douglas Bissett. Paul's ancestry can be traced back to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia (where he was from). Paul's surname of Bissett could possibly be an English name of French origin, but his paternal grandmother's surname of Burghardt is definitely of Germanic origin. Paul's mother, Sally Ann Leech, appears to be of English origins. You can't get much more English than Bosley or Morningstar!

Any additional information anyone can provide me with would be much appreciated!

The Hungarian Ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II; Part 3

This entry is part three highlighting the Hungarian ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II. Part three is focused on Erzsébet Macskássy de Rápolt, a second great-grandmother of Countess Klaudina Rhédey de Rhéde. Her ahnentafel list is as follows:


First Generation
1. Erzsébet Macskássy de Rápolt

Second Generation
2. Mihály Macskássy de Rápolt
3. unknown

Third Generation
4. Mihály Macskássy de Rápolt
5. Judit Bethlen de Bethlen
6. unknown
7. unknown

Fourth Generation
8. Ferencz Macskássy de Rápolt
9. Margit Nyakazó
10. Mihály Bethlen de Bethlen
11. Katalin Bornemisza de Petrelin
12. unknown
13. unknown
14. unknown
15. unknown

Fifth Generation
16. Boldizsár Macskássy de Rápolt
17. Ilona Gávay de Noszoly
18. unknown
19. unknown
20. György Bethlen de Bethlen
21. Ilona Csejtey
22. unknown
23. unknown
24. unknown
25. unknown
26. unknown
27. unknown
28. unknown
29. unknown
30. unknown
31. unknown

FamilySearch Find Of The Day: Hiram Howell & His 1847 Taxes

I stumbled upon this 1847 taxation document from Tippah County, Mississippi the other day, and it shed a tiny bit more light (although not much) on the life of Hiram Howell. He is at the top of the document with two of his sons: Reece & David.

Hiram is listed as having 2 slaves, which matches what is listed in the 1850 Federal Census Slave Schedules. In 1850, it was a 21 year old female and a 4 year old male (probably her son?). I assume they are the same individuals listed in this 1847 taxation document. The woman would have been about 17 years old and the male child about 1 year old. This also makes me wonder how a girl of 15 or 16 became pregnant, as she is the only slave in the household. Was Hiram or one of his sons the father of the child? It could be another contributing factor that lead to Hiram's murder in 1853, but we may never know. Reece and David are listed as not owning any slaves.

Reece and David both paid the same amount for county ($.30) and state ($.50) taxes. Hiram on the other hand paid more in taxes (did he own more land than them?) Hiram paid $.72 for county taxes and $1.20 for state taxes.

I'm still looking for Hiram and any of his children in the previous taxation documents, but I don't believe any are listed. I do know, however, that Hiram appears in the 1845 state census in Tippah County. If he's in the 1845 state census living in Tippah County, how come he doesn't appear in the 1845 taxation records? Strange.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My 99 Genealogy Things


I found this list on the Bayside Blog via Tonia Kendrick’s blog, Tonia’s Roots. I thought it was fun, so I decided to share my experiences with everyone, too :)

Key:

Things you have already done or found – bold type
Things you would like to do or find – italics
Things you have not done or found /don’t care to.

99 Genealogy Things

  1. Belong to a genealogical society.
  2. Joined a group on Genealogy Wise. (I'm not familiar with this website?)
  3. Transcribed records. (Almost every day! haha)
  4. Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site
  5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents)
  6. Joined Facebook.
  7. Cleaned up a run-down cemetery.
  8. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group.
  9. Attended a genealogy conference. (I still have yet to attend a genealogy conference.)
  10. Lectured at a genealogy conference. (I'd eventually like to overcome my fear of public speaking and talk about Hungarian genealogy.)
  11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society/local library’s family history group. (Repeat of 10, no?)
  12. Joined the National Genealogical Society.
  13. Contributed to a genealogy society publication. (I do enough for Hungary Exchange to fill TONS of publications.)
  14. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society.
  15. Got lost on the way to a cemetery.
  16. Talked to dead ancestors.
  17. Researched outside the state in which I live.
  18. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants. 
  19. Cold called a distant relative.
  20. Posted messages on a surname message board.
  21. Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet. (I've since deleted every trace of them that I possibly can! There are a lot of thieves out there!)
  22. Googled my name.
  23. Performed a random act of genealogical kindness.
  24. Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it. (Who hasn't? :)  )
  25. Have been paid to do genealogical research. (It's how I make a living!)
  26. Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.
  27. Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.
  28. Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.
  29. Responded to messages on a message board.
  30. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.
  31. Participated in a genealogy meme.
  32. Created family history gift items.
  33. Performed a record lookup.
  34. Took a genealogy seminar cruise.
  35. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space. Hiram Howell definitely was from outer space!
  36. Found a disturbing family secret. (Several, in-fact.)
  37. Told others about a disturbing family secret.
  38. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
  39. Think genealogy is a passion and/or obsession not a hobby. (Oh, it's definitely an obsession.. and my occupation!)
  40. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person.
  41. Taught someone else how to find their roots.
  42. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure. (Many many years ago when I first began, yes. But not since. Thankfully.)
  43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.
  44. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher.  (I've found TONS of cousins way more distant than 4th cousins, especially on my Hungarian side!)
  45. Disproved a family myth through research. (Does proving it count? haha)
  46. Got a family member to let you copy photos.
  47. Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
  48. Translated a record from a foreign language. (I translate records for clients and friends all the time.)
  49. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record. (I've been able to find every single passenger manifest for all my European lines, with the exception of Martin Domagalski.. stop hiding!)
  50. Used microfiche. (You're not a true genealogist if you haven't.)
  51. Have researched in church records.
  52. Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. (Hopefully someday..)
  53. Used Google+ for genealogy. (Definitely. I found a cousin through G+.)
  54. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
  55. Taught a class in genealogy. (I'd love to teach a class on Hungarian research.)
  56. Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century. (Without others' previous research, yes.)
  57. Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century. (Without others' previous research, yes.)
  58. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century. (Without others' previous research, yes.)
  59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents. (Most definitely!!)
  60. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.
  61. Have found many relevant and unexpected articles on internet to “put flesh on the bones”. (I actually haven't found too many newspaper articles and such relating to my family.)
  62. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills. (I need to get a copy.)
  63. Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.
  64. Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
  65. Have an ancestor who came to America as an indentured servant.
  66. Have an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or Civil War. (Many!)
  67. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
  68. Can “read” a church record in Latin. (I could do this in my sleep!)
  69. Have an ancestor who changed his/her name, just enough to be confusing.
  70. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
  71. Created a family website.
  72. Have a genealogy blog.
  73. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.
  74. Have broken through at least one brick wall. (I found you, Ellen Hovis!!)
  75. Done genealogy research at a court house.
  76. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center(s). (You can't call yourself a genealogist if you haven't.)
  77. Found an ancestor in an online newspaper archive. (That's how I found out about my great-grandfather's previous marriage!)
  78. Have visited a NARA branch. (I actually need to. There's one actually 20 minutes from me.)
  79. Have an ancestor who served in WWI or WWII.
  80. Use maps in my genealogy research.
  81. Have a blacksheep ancestor.
  82. Found a bigamist amongst my ancestors. (My great-grandfather was quite the bastard.)
  83. Attended a genealogical institute.
  84. Taken online genealogy (and local history) courses.
  85. Consistently (document) and cite my sources. (This is something I really need to start doing, although.. 99% of the research I have been doing is in church records from Europe. So if you can't figure out where the information came from with the town name, religion and date.. then you shouldn't be doing genealogy.)
  86. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors. (The only other country I've been to is The Bahamas.)
  87. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes. (Seconds?)
  88. Have an ancestor who was married four times. (I think the most was three.)
  89. Made a rubbing of an ancestor’s gravestone.
  90. Followed genealogists on Twitter. Follow me! @nickmgombash
  91. Published a family history book.
  92. Learned of a death of a fairly close family relative through research. (It's quite sad how you have to find out about your great-aunt's death from searching around the internet.)
  93. Offended a family member with my research. (All the time. People really need to loosen up and realize it's the 21st century. If someone wants your information enough, they will find it. And no, I've never put their information online. Do you all know there's a database on Ancestry to find your address and birth-date? Yep. It's there. Go look.)
  94. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.
  95. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database. (Been there, done that. The majority of my research is in European church records, which are not online. And if they are online, they're freely accessible.)
  96. Submitted articles for FamilySearch Wiki.
  97. Organized a family reunion.
  98. Used Archives in countries where my ancestors originated. (Online archives count, right? I use the Hungarian archives' databases all the time!)
  99. Converted someone new to the love of all things genealogy.

Monday, September 05, 2011

My Maternal Lineage: Update 1

Back in May of 2010, I made a post highlighting my maternal line from my family tree. You can find that here. Since then, I've been able to make a tiny bit of progress which I'll share with you all here.

As of May 2010 my ninth generation maternal ancestor was the following:

9) Catharina Beilharz
Born 16 Jan 1761, Hohenweg, Hornberg, Ortenau, Baden, Germany
Died unknown
Married Christian Brohammer, 26 Sep 1787, Gutach, Ortenau, Baden, Germany

Several months ago I was finally able to locate the death record for Catharina (pictured to the right). This death record states that she died on 30 Oct 1818 in Gutach. The death was recorded on 01 Nov 1818. She was born on 16 Jan 1761 to late Johann Jacob Beilharz, a day-laborer from Hohenweg (a community in Gutach previously belonging to Hornberg), and the late Barbara Winkler (Winklerin; a lot of German records add "-in" to the end of surnames for females, much like Poland using "-ska" for females instead of "-ski". She was married first to Christian Brohammer on 26 Sep 1787. She was married second to George Breithaupt, a day-laborer in Sulzbach (a community in Gutach), on 27 Sep 1807. She was 57 years, 9 months and 7 days old.

With this information, I'm able to add one more generation to my maternal lineage:

10) Barbara Winkler
Born unknown
Died before 30 Oct 1818, possibly Hohenweg, Hornberg, Ortenau, Baden, Germany
    (Catharina's death record states Barbara was deceased)
Married Johann Jacob Beilharz, before 16 Jan 1761

Now, I just need to order the microfilms for Hornberg... all 6 of them!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ahnentafel Roulette!


Here are the rules for any who wish to join in, as well! You can find the original rules and post >>here<<. :)

1) How old is your great-grandfather now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ahnentafel (ancestor name list). Who is that person?

3) Tell us three facts about that person with the "roulette number."

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook or Google Plus note or comment, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then spin the wheel again - pick a grandparent, a  parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!


Here's mine:

My great-grandfather, Alex Gombash, was born on 07 Nov 1896 in Tiszadob, Szabolcs county, Hungary. If he were to be alive today, he would be 114 years old. Divided by four is 28.5, so I'll round up to 29.

My number 29 ancestor is listed as Anna Weishaupt (1867-1951); here is her entry:

29. Anna Weishaupt was born on 06 May 1867 in Graber, Auscha District, Leitmeritz, Bohemia. She was the daughter of Joseph Weishaupt and Maria Anna Kasper. She was married to Johann Phillip Julius "John" Stuempges on 28 Sep 1887 at Newburgh's Corner, La Crosse County, Wisconsin. She died on 11 Jan 1951 at Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin. (Picture: Anna Weishaupt with husband John Stuempges and children, circa 1897.)

Three facts about Anna Weishaupt:

1) Anna was an ethnic German from Bohemia, immigrating as a two year old child on 10 Jun 1869 aboard the ship Helvetia.

2) Anna had a total of 11 children, 9 of them living to be adults and have children of their own. If she were to live to see all her grandchildren born, she would have had 28 grandchildren.

3) Anna had diabetes. I don't know which type and the severity of it, though. (I honestly don't know too much about diabetes to begin with). I was told by my great-aunt (sister to my grandmother..granddaughters of Anna), that my great-grandmother (Anna's daughter-in-law) was the family member to give Anna her insulin shots.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

FamilySearch Find Of The Day: The Birth Record of Katalin Bárczay de Bárcza


Lately, I've been working on a branch of my Bódogh family that I know little about. My line comes from Tiszadob in Szabolcs county. Previous to that, they came from Gelej and before that Tiszaszederkény, both in Borsod County. Back in the mid-late 1600's a branch of my Bódogh's settled in Miskolcz, the largest city in Borsod county. I've been trying to document and connect this branch to the larger Bódogh family tree that I have compiled.

This birth record is for Katalin Bárczay de Bárcza. Although she is a cousin to me in her own right (a 12th cousin 5 times removed, through the Bárczay de Bárcza family), my connection to her is her husband: Géza Demeter de Szeő-Demeter. Géza, an early explorer of Africa, was the son of Ernő Demeter de Szeő-Demeter and Erzsébet Bódogh de Nemesbikk. Nemesbikk is a neighboring village to Gelej and Tiszaszederkény; the Bódogh families of Nemesbikk are already compiled and connected into my large Bódogh family tree.

What's really interesting is the occupation of Katalin's father! An extract of Katalin Bárczay de Bárcza's birth record is as follows:

Entry Number: 67
Town: Heő-Csaba (in Borsod County)
Registration Date: 04 Oct 1901
Name of Registerer: The father

Name of Father: Bárczai Bárczay István
Religion: Reformed
Occupation: Land owner; Chamberlain of Emperor and King
Residence: Heő-Csaba
Birthplace: Heő-Csaba
Age: 41

Name of Mother: Bárczai Bárczay Istvánné (Mrs. István) felhévizi Bihary Ludovica
Religion: Roman Catholic
Occupation: none
Residence: Heő-Csaba
Birthplace: Baracza, Gömör county
Age: 30

Birthplace of Child: Heő-Csaba
Birthdate: 29 Sep 1901
Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Name of Child: Ludovica Izabella Katalina

Friday, August 26, 2011

FamilySearch Find Of The Day: The Marriage Of My Cousin, Baron László Solymosy de Loós és Egervár


With the update of the FamilySearch database "Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980", I tried searching to figure out what exactly was new to the database. I believe it's the addition of Somogy county. I was actually able to find a marriage record for a cousin of mine, Baron László Solymosy de Loós és Egervár. I'm related to the Baron through his direct-maternal line great-grandmother, Baroness Angelika Izdenczy de Monostor és Komlós. My own 8th-great-grandfather was Márton Izdenczy de Komlós,
a relative of the Baronial Izdenczy de Monostor és Komlós
family. Here is an extract of his marriage record:

Page 5
Entry 13
Marriage Date: 24 Apr 1935, Inke (Somogy county)

Groom Name: Loosi és egervári Dr báró (baron) Solymosy László Ödön István
Groom Occupation: large land owner
Groom Religion: Evangelical
Groom Birth Place: Zalaegerszeg
Groom Birth Date: 27 Apr 1909
Groom Residence: Egervár (Vas megye)
Groom Father: néhai (deceased) loosi és egervári báró (baron) Solymosy Ödön
Groom Mother: zichy és vásonkeői Zichy Angella grófnő (countess)

Bride Name: Bolla Gizella
Bride Religion: Reformed
Bride Birth Place: Inke
Bride Birth Date: 11 Mar 1914
Bride Residence: Inke
Bride Father: Bolla Pál
Bride Mother: Balogh Franciska

Witness: Zábrák Viktor, Nagylózs
Witness: Dr. Bolla Pál, Vásárosnamény

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Prime Minister of Hungary, Kálmán Tisza


I was randomly searching around the Budapest Civil Registration records today, and I stumbled upon a death record for a pretty well-known man in Hungary: Kálmán Tisza, Prime Minister of Hungary from 1875 to 1890. Here is an extract of his death record:

Entry Number: 864
Date of Registration: 24 Mar 1902
Date of Death: 23 Mar 1902
Name of Deceased: borosjenői Tisza Kálmán nyugalmazott magyar királyi miniszterelnök országgyűlési képviselő (borosjenői Tisza Kálmán retired Royal Hungarian Prime Minister, Parliamentary Representative)
Birth Place: Nagy-Várad (Bihar county)
Residence: Budapest VIII Sándor u (utcza; street) 14
Religion: ref. (Reformed/Calvanist)
Age: 71
Spouse: Degenfeld Schomberg Ilona grófnő (Countess)
Father: néhai (deceased) borosjenői Tisza Lajos
Mother: néhai (deceased) Teleki Juliánna grófnő (Countess)
Cause of Death: vérér elfajulás szívhüdés (vascular degeneration heart failure)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

St. Stephen's Day & My Connection To The King

In honor of St. Stephen's day in Hungary, I thought it'd be neat to highlight my own connection to the well-known Saint and first King of Hungary. My own 24th-great-grandmother was Szabina, Princess of Hungary. She belonged to the Árpád dynasty and was the daughter of King Béla IV and his wife Maria Laskaris.

King St. Stephen was connected to Szabina through two lines of descent: through both Szabina's mother and father. Through Szabina's father, St. Stephen was her 7th-great-uncle. Through Szabina's mother, St. Stephen was her 6th-great-uncle. You can see the connection in the chart to the right:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday



Marcin (Martin) Domagalski & wife Agnieszka (Agnes) Gotowacirca 1898

This picture is of my 3rd-great-grandparents, Martin Domagalski and wife Agnes Gotowa. This couple had been a brick-wall for me for so many years, when I first began my research. I knew so little about their beginnings and where they came from prior to moving to Chicago. Lack of finding any information continued to make them more and more of a mystery over the years, which drew me to them even more. It didn't hurt that their headstone in Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Cook County, Illinois, was huge and absolutely beautiful! It was and still is, the first place I stop every single time I go to this cemetery.. even if I'm doing look-ups for people not related to me. I always stop at their grave.

A few years ago, I finally cracked a piece of the brick-wall down and found that they had moved to Chicago from Medina, Orleans County, New York. Their first child, Josephine, whom I descend from, was the only child of theirs that was born in Medina. Sometime during the 1 1/2 year gap between the birth of Josephine and their next child, they moved to the "Back Of The Yards" area of Chicago. I believe they went to join Martin's sister Anna/Antonia Domagalska, married to Peter Paluszek. Along with Martin and Agnes, came the sister of Agnes and her husband: Apolonia Gotowa and Michael "Asher" Popiolek. Apolonia and husband Michael are buried in the plot to the south of her sister Agnes and husband Martin. They have an equally beautiful stone, although not as large.

After moving to Chicago, Martin and Agnes had eleven more children.. eight of them surviving (not including Josephine) to adulthood. Martin died rather young, at the age of 52, on 05 May 1917. The cause of his death is listed as "chronic interstitial nephritis", with a contributing cause of "Broncho pneumonia". Five months later, Agnes passes away, too. Her cause of death is a bit tragic and upsetting to even think about: "Shock and injuries jumped out of window", with a contributing cause of "temporarily insane". As sad as this is, I like to believe it was grief and caused by the death of her husband, five months earlier. A tragic but romantic ending.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Hungarian Ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II; Part 7


This is a continuation of the Hungarian Ancesty of Queen Elizabeth II. This is part 7 and it highlights the ancestry of Judith Dániel de Vargyas, wife of Baron László Bánffy de Losoncz. Note #1: Numbers 30 & 31 in this post are the same as numbers 14 & 15 in Part 4. Note #2: There is another line of the Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor family (numbers 3, 6, 12 and 24) on the main page in Part 1 (11 and 22).

First Generation
1. Judith Dániel de Vargyas

Second Generation
2. István Dániel de Vargyas
3. Zsófia Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor

Third Generation
4. Ferencz Dániel de Vargyas
5. Judit Béldi de Uzon
6. Péter Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor
7. Klára Toroczkay de Toroczkó-Szent-György

Fourth Generation
8. Mihály Dániel de Vargyas
9. unknown
10. Pál Béldi de Uzon
11. Zsuzsánna Vitéz
12. Boldizsár Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor
13. Zsófia Tornya de Tornyafalva
14. László Toroczkay de Toroczkó-Szent-György
15. Zsuzsánna Tholdalaghy de Nagy-Iklód

Fifth Generation
16. Péter Dániel de Vargyas
17. Borbála Mikó
18. unknown
19. unknown
20. Kelemen Béldi de Uzon
21. Mária Bánffy
22. unknown
23. unknown
24. János Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor
25. Anna Sarmasági de Sarmaság et Mező-Kövesd
26. Tamás Tornya de Tornyafalva
27. Petronella Tholdy de Nagy-Szalonta et Fekete-Bátor
28. Ferencz Toroczkay de Toroczkó-Szent-György
29. Borbála Paczolay
30. János Tholdalaghy de Nagy-Iklód
31. Borbála Gyerőffy de Gyerő-Vásárhely

The Love... Square... of Mary "Polly" Hovis

A few months ago, I met a not-so-distant cousin on the internet and she was able to shed some light and new information on one of our brick-wall ancestors. Her name was Ellen, and she was the second wife of William S. Martin, of Lincoln County, North Carolina. She shared with me Ellen's maiden name.. Hovis.. and that's when all the pieces gradually began to fit together.

I knew that Ellen Hovis was born sometime around 1825 and probably in Lincoln County, North Carolina. She had a previous marriage to a Robert Kenedy (Caneda) on 23 Jan 1840 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Robert must have died, because Ellen was then married to her second husband, William S. Martin (also a widower), on 01 Sep 1845 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Here are the children of Ellen Hovis Kennedy Martin:

Ellen Hovis & Robert Kenedy:

*Margaret E. Kenedy, married to William Misskelley

Ellen Hovis & William S. Martin:

*Mary C. Martin
married to a man named McDowel; divorced?

*Elmira Terissa Martin
married to James K. McDaniel

*Samuel Christopher Columbus Martin (my 2nd-great-grandfather)
married first to Mary Britnal
married second to Samantha Costilow (my 2nd-great-grandmother)
married third to Evie Evelyn Rodgers

*Saliana Martin

*John L. Martin
married to Clementine "Clemmie" McDonald

*Nancy Martin

*Ollie M. Martin


At this point, I was at a dead-end. I didn't know anything on the parents or siblings of Ellen Hovis or William S. martin. I did however know the name of the bondsman for the marriage of Ellen and William.. Jonas Lineberger. I originally found a Jonas who was the son of a Michael Lineberger and Katherine Hovis.. a definite clue and possible connection. This later led me (with the aid of another newly found cousin) to a publication called "Our kin : being a history of the Hoffman, Rhyne, Costner, Rudisill, Best, Hovis, Hoyle, Wills, Shetley, Jenkins, Holland, Hambright, Gaston, Withers, Cansler, Clemmer and Lineberger families", published in 1915 by D.E. Ryne, L.L. Jenkins and L.M. Hoffman. Yes.. a very lengthy title.

This book was my jackpot! On page 392, it stated that Ellen Hovis who married William Martin, was (one of three) illegitimate children of Polly Hovis, later married to Eli Chapple. The book actually gave a nearly-whole page account on Eli Chapple, and the author of this section clearly knew this man and this specific family well. I knew this information had to be correct! The information has Mary "Polly" Hovis as the daughter of Andrew Hovis and his wife Nancy Foster. Later searches around the internet brought up the same information, as well as Mary "Polly" and the illegitimate kids.. who erroneously bore the Chapple surname of their step-father.

I was then told about holy grail of records for illegitimate children.. Bastardy Bonds! I never knew these type of records existed back then and I was ecstatic while reading-up on them on the internet. With Mary "Polly" having THREE illegitimate kids, odds were in my favor that something had to have been recorded.. or at least I hoped so! A week or two after finding out all this exciting information, a gracious genea-friend sent me copies of an index to the Bastardy Bonds for Lincoln County, North Carolina, covering years 1784-1842. I found the exact entry I was hoping for, for my Ellen.. and I was given an extra surprise. It had her birthdate! It listed the father as "Jonas Huffman", which I knew was a mis-spelling of Hoffman, a very large family in Lincoln County, North Carolina.

I narrowed down my search for Jonas Hoffman, which was actually pretty easy, to a man born in 1788 and died (very young) in 1829. Ellen was only 5 when her father died.. I wonder if she knew he was her father at all, at that age? Anyway.. this is where the story gets good.. really good. Jonas Hoffman was a MARRIED MAN! Ten years prior to Ellen's birth (1814), Jonas Hoffman was married to Anna Maria Costner. From 1814 til his death in 1829, Jonas Hoffman and Anna Maria Costner had nine children.. and Ellen was born smack-dab in between the 5th and 6th child. How could Anna Maria Costner have continued to be with this man, fully knowing what he had done? She had to have known, because the bastardy bond was listed as a "joint bond".. both parties accepted the support of the child (Ellen). Anna Maria had to have known her husband was paying to support an illegitimate child... Right?

The story continues to unravel. In the publication I mentioned above, it stated that Mary "Polly" Hovis "lived on the old Hoffman tract of land embracing a very small piece of ground and a cabin put up for her". In the will of Jonas Hoffman's father, John Hoffman, this is verified. It appears it was HIS land, that Mary "Polly" was living on. So the whole Hoffman family must have known she had Jonas' bastard child! The will describes a portion of land that is to be divided between Jonas Hoffman's six surviving songs, because Jonas was deceased already. It's described as "the little place where Polly Hovis lives". Further research into John Hoffman, finds that his wife was a Hovis.. and the aunt of Mary "Polly". Ellen's parents were first cousins, they shared the same grandparents.

One last little clue that is pretty cool. Ellen's half-sister, Lanie Salena Hoffman, was married to a Jonas Lineberger.. the bondsman for the marriage of Ellen Hovis and William S. Martin. Something also interesting, is that Ellen and William had a daughter named "Saliana" (according to 1870 census). Could "Saliana" be a name-sake for her aunt Lanie Salena Hoffman? Ellen must have had a close relationship with her half-sister Lanie Salena Hoffman, for her husband to be a bondsman to her marriage and to name a daughter after her!

In the Bastardy Bonds index, I was able to find one more entry for a sibling to Ellen. It was in 1818 and I believe it was for her older brother, Rufus Hovis. The father is listed as "Joseph McCallister", probably McAllister.. another large family of Lincoln County, North Carolina. Mary "Polly" was later married to Eli Chapple, a "Yankee" shoemaker originally from New York. Mary "Polly" and Eli had a son names Joseph, who was later married to a McAllister woman. Was she a half-sister to Joseph's half-brother, Rufus? I found no entry for Ellen and Rufus' brother, whose name I've seen written as both Christian and Christopher.

Oh, that connections!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Family Tree of French President Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy is the son of a Hungarian father and a French and Greek mother. His father was born a Hungarian nobleman, named Pál István Ernő Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa (in Hungarian: nagybócsai Sárközy). This post will highlight on the information I was able to find on Nicolas Sárközy's family tree, beginning with his father Pál.


The marriage record of György Sándor Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa and wife Katalin Ilona Anna Tóth de Csáford. They were married on 20 Sep 1921, in Szolnok, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary. It states that Dr. György Sándor Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa was born on 16 Mar 1896, in Szolnok, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary. He was the son of György Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa and Róza Juhász. The bride was Katalin Ilona Anna Tamás Tóth de Csáford. She was born on 13 Jan 1902 in Szolnok, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary and was the daughter of Imre Tóth de Csáford and Adél Jeney de Boros-Jenő.


The birth record of György Sándor Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa. He was born on 16 Mar 1896, in Szolnok, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary. György Sándor's father is listed as György Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa, a 33 year old who was born in Ér-Mihályfalva, Bihar, Hungary. He was of the Evanglical Reformed religion and resided in Szolnok at Number 4 Magyar Street. His occupation was a city councillor. György Sándor's mother is listed as Róza Juhász. She was 25 years old, born in Szolnok, Jász-Nagykun, Szolnok, Hungary and of the Roman Catholic religion. She resided at the same residence as her husband, György, and her occupation is listed as the wife of the city councillor.




The birth record of Katalin Ilona Anna Tóth de Csáford. She was born on 13 Jan 1902, in Szolnok, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary. Katalin's father is listed as Imre Tóth de Csáford, a 28 year old who was born in Budapest, Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kis-Kun, Hungary. He was of the Roman Catholic religion and resided in Szolnok at Number 12 Szapáry Street. His occupation was a private official. Katalin's mother is listed as Adél Jeney de Boros-Jenő. She was 24 years old, also born in Budapest and of the Roman Catholic religion. She resided at the same residence as her husband, Imre, and she has no occupation listed.



The death record of György Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa. György died on 26 Sep 1933 in Szolnok, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary. He is listed as being the city councillor and living at Number 7 Magyar Street, in Szolnok, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary. He was of the Reformed religion and 71 years old. His wife is listed as Róza Juhász. The parents of György are listed as well: the deceased Ferencz Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa and the deceased Johanna Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa. His cause of death was myocardial degeneration.


The death record of Róza Juhász. Róza died on 02 Aug 1934 in Szolnok, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary. She is listed as being the wife of the late György Sárközy and living at Number 7 Magyar Street, in Szolnok, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary. She was of the Roman Catholic religion and 67 years old. Her husband is listed as the deceased György Sárközy. The parents of Róza are listed as well: the deceased Ignácz Juhász and the deceased Erzsébet Maráz. Her cause of death was myocardial degeneration.

Monday, August 08, 2011

The Hungarian Ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II; Part 6

A few months back, I had begun a project to display the Hungarian ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II. This is a 17 part series with a goal of displaying nine generations of known ancestry for the Queen. Today's entry focuses on the ancestry of Baron László Bánffy de Losoncz, husband of Judit Dániel de Vargyas.

Take note of the Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor family, on lines number 7, 14 and 28. There is another line for this family in the Queen's ancestry on line 22 of the main page, which you can find >>here<<. You will find the ancestry of Baron László Bánffy de Losoncz  below:

First Generation
1. Baron László Bánffy de Losoncz

Second Generation
2. Kristóf Bánffy de Losoncz
3. Anna Bethlen de Bethlen

Third Generation
4. János Bánffy de Losoncz
5. Fruzsina Lónyay de Nagy-Lónya et Vásáros-Namény
6. Farkas Bethlen de Bethlen
7. Anna Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor

Fourth Generation
8. György Bánffy de Losoncz
9. Zsófia de Csernavoda és Surány
10. Ferencz Lónyay de Nagy-Lónya et Vásáros-Namény
11. Margit Segnyey de Lapis-Patak
12. János Bethlen de Bethlen
13. Katalin Baládffi de Kiskend
14. Boldizsár Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor
15. Anna Lázár de Szárhegy

Fifth Generation
16. Miklós Bánffy de Losoncz
17. Orsolya Telegdi de Telegd
18. János de Csernavoda és Surány
19. Dorottya
20. Péter Lónyay de Nagy-Lónya et Vásáros-Namény
21. Magdolna Istvánffy de Baranyavár és Kis-Asszonyfalva
22. László Segnyey de Lapis-Patak
23. Katalin Pottornyay de Pottornya és Csáth
24. Gergely Bethlen de Bethlen
25. Anna Nyujtódi
26. Miklós Sükösd
27. Anna Baládffi
28. János Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor
29. Sarmasági de Sarmaság et Mező-Kövesd
30. Lázár de Szárhegy
31. Bogáthy de Bogáth

Sunday, August 07, 2011

FamilySearch Find Of The Day: The Birth Record of Robert Gombash in 1898

Robert, born as Balázs, was my great-grandfather's brother. Here is the extract of his civil registration birth record:

Page 62
Town: Szentmihály
Date: 15 Mar 1898
Who appeared before registrar: Gombás Sándor
Occupation: small land owner
Residence: Szentmihály house number 1041
The undersigned registerer

Father: Gombás Sándor
Religion: Evangelical Reformed
Occupation: small land owner
Residence: Szentmihály house number 1041
Birthplace: Szentmihály
Age: 26

Mother: Tóth Eszter, wife of Gombás Sándor
Religion: Evangelical Reformed
Occupation: Homemaker
Residence: Szentmihály house number 1041
Birthplace: Szentmihály (ERROR!)
Age: 24

Birth Place: Szentmihály house number 1041
Birth Date: 11 Mar 1898
Birth Time: 8:30 P.M.
Gender: Male
Religion: Evangelical Reformed
Name: Balázs

Notes at the top: It states that the mother was not born in Szent-Mihály, but instead Tisza-Dob.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

FamilySearch Find Of The Day: The Birth Record of Alex Gombash in 1896

I was delighted the other day, to see that FamilySearch had updated the Hungary Civil Registrations database. The new update added records for the towns of Szentmihály and Tiszadob.. the two towns my great-great-grandparents came from! The civil registration records for these towns weren't previously available on microfilm, so I was instantly excited! I knew I would finally be able to find the birth record of my great-grandfather, Alex Gombash. Here is an extracted copy:

Page 292
Town: Szentmihály
Date: 10 Nov 1896
Who appeared before registrar: Schvartz Fáni
Occupation: Midwife
Residence: Szentmihály house number 561
The undersigned registerer

Father: Gombás Sándor
Religion: Evangelical Reformed
Occupation: Farmer
Residence: Szentmihály house number 1041
Birthplace: Szentmihály
Age: 24

Mother: Tóth Eszter
Religion: Evangelical Reformed
Occupation: Homemaker
Residence: Szentmihály house number 1041
Birthplace: Tiszadob, Szabolcs megye
Age: 22

Birth Place: Szentmihály house number 1041
Birth Date: 07 Nov 1896
Birth Time: 3 P.M.
Gender: Male
Religion: Evangelical Reformed
Name: Sándor

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Heritage Pie Chart

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has come up with the following challenge this week:

Your mission tonight, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents with their birth, death and marriage data (dates and places).
2) Determine the countries (or states) that these ancestors lived in at their birth and at their death.
3) For extra credit, go make a “Heritage Pie” chart for the country of origin (birth place) for these 16 ancestors. [Hint: you could use the chart generator from Kid Zone for this.] [Note: Thank you to Sheri Fenley for the "Heritage Pie" chart idea.]
4) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook or google+.

Here are the 14 I know (plus the states for the two that I do not know based on the information given by their daughter in the census).


1. Sándor Gombás, born 21 Feb 1872 in Büdszentmihály (today Tiszavasvári), Hungary. Died 02 May 1931 in Goff, Butler County, Pennsylvania.

2. Eszter Tóth, born 22 Sep 1874 in Tiszadob, Hungary. Died 04 Apr 1950 in Lore City, Guernsey County, Ohio.

3. Franciszek Grządziel, born 1872 in Barycz, Brzozów, Poland. Died 10 Jun 1927 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

4. Amelia Stec, born 29 Jun 1887/1888 in Barycz, Brzozów, Poland. Died April 1968 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

5. Joseph Adas, born 21 May 1882 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Died 20 Feb 1939 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

6. Josephine Domagalski, born 04 Sep 1886 in Medina, Orleans County, New York. Died 14 Nov 1958 in Manteno, Kankakee County, Illinois.

7. Wojciech Czarny, born 24 Apr 1888 in Osobnica, Jaslo, Poland. Died Oct 1961 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

8. Rozalia Sophia Wozniak, born 1887 in Osobnica, Jaslo, Poland. Died 22 Oct 1959 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

9. Allen Parks Rodgers, born 29 Jun 1873 in Carroll County, Mississippi. Died 14 Apr 1945 in Duck Hill, Montgomery County, Mississippi.

10. Minnie Josephine Vance, born 03 Aug 1872 in Montgomery County, Mississippi. Died 16 Jun 1919 in Montgomery County, Mississippi.

11. Samuel Christopher Columbus Martin, born 02 Feb 1850 in Gaston County, North Carolina. Died 16 Feb 1922 in Grenada or Montgomery County, Mississippi.

12. Samantha Aylene Costilow, born 02 Dec 1869 in Holmes County, Mississippi. Died 13 Aug 1908 in Carroll County, Mississippi.

13. Johann Philip Julius Stuempges, born 30 Nov 1860 in Newton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Died 16 Feb 1951 in Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin.

14. Anna Weishaupt, born 06 May 1867 in Graber, Leitmeritz, Bohemia. Died 11 Jan 1951 in Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin.

15. Herman Wilhelm Gustav Martin, born 21 Jun 1882 in Gross Schönfeld, Kreis Greifenhagen, Pommern, Germany. Died 17 May 1968 in Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin.

16. Maria Summ, born 23 Jul 1883 in Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin. Died 06 Apr 1972 in Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin

Sunday, July 10, 2011

FamilySearch Find Of The Day: Joseph Weishaupt's Baptism

I was going through FamilySearch today, reviewing all the databases they've added lately and I stumbled upon some new Czech Republic databases. None of them related to my family, but it got me thinking about the previous database that DOES relate to my family. I have found most of everything that I possibly can with what's available, so I was reviewing some of the records I had previously found. I thought I'd share one of those records and show how thorough the Bohemian's were with their records! There are three generations listed in this single baptism record: the child, the parents and the grandparents.. maiden names and all! :)

Extract:

Born & Baptized: 29 Nov 1827, Graber
House Number: 64
Name: Joseph
Religion: Catholic
Gender: blank
Legitimate or Illegitimate: Legitimate
Father: Franz Weishaupt schneidermeister, son of Franz Weishaupt händler from Graber No. 64 and Dorothea born Tieze from Graber No. 84
Mother: Anna Maria, daughter of Joseph Müller händler from Johnsdorf No. 28 and Anna Maria born Grundmann from Johnsdorf No. 38.
Sponsor: Joseph Müller, schumacher aus Johnsdorf
Sponsor: Benedikt Weishaupt, schneider from Graber
Sponsor: Theresia Müller, häusler's daughter from Graber
Sponsor: Rosalia Lehmann, häusler's daughter from Hermsdorf
Performer of Baptism: Ignatius Münzberg, Decanus

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Connection To President Andrew Jackson

With the addition of today's new database on FamilySearch called "Tennessee Probate Court Books, 1795-1927", I've been scouring through the counties and records trying to find documents for my ancestors. I struck gold tonight! In the documents listing the sale of the personal estate of my 6th-great-grandfather, Samuel Hays, it lists that the future president Andrew Jackson had been made the legal guardian for Samuel Hays' children! How cool is that?

After reading through the entire document though, I found it a bit strange that the children were sent to live with Andrew Jackson and the entire personal estate of Samuel Hays sold... when his wife was still alive. Very weird. It makes no mentions of the sale of real estate, so I assume Samuel Hays' widow, Elizabeth, remained on the property. Did she remarry and when was the land sold?

Here is the extract of the typed record: 

SAMUEL HAY'S Estate Divided & C. May 29th 1795. Pursuant to an Order of Court made last January Term 1795 Authorizing and Impowering John Bosley Michael Glaves and Samuel Donelson to Divide the monies Arising from the Sale of the personal Estate of Samuel Hay's Deceased Amongst the Legattees and heirs of the Afsd. Saml. Hays. And We the aforementioned John Bosley Michael Glaves & Samuel Donelson do Certify that We have placed in the possession of Andrew Esquire Special Guardian for sd. Legattees The Sum of four hundred And Seventeen Dollars and three Shillings in Notes, but that One hundred and forty one Dollars and five Shillings of the Afsd. Notes are yet due but that the Remainder of the NOtes Two hundred and Seventy five Dollars Six Shillings have been long due W. do further Certify that each Childs Propertionable part is Eighty three Dollars Three Shillings and Eight pence; We further Say that Mrs Hays Widow is indebted to the Children One hundred fifty Dollars Six Shillings and Ten pence and that She has not given in her Note for the Same or any part thereof and that no more Notes Than mentioned Above, nor any money, have come to our hands Certificed this 11th day of April 1795. Errors and Mistakes Excepted. Signed John Bosley, Michael Glaves & Samuel Donelson

Monday, June 20, 2011

If I Could Speak To My Ancestors...

Earlier today, I was analyzing all the information in my family tree (no surprise there!). I was looking at my dead-ends and trying to figure out which records I needed to persue to crack the brick-walls. I then, again, began to dream and wish that I had some way to communicate with my ancestors and ask them questions. Thinking about it all more and more, I thought if it WERE a possibility, what three questions would I ask to any of my ancestors?

Rules:
1. You may ask any three questions to any ancestors from any period in time.
2. Not all questions have to be directed to one specific ancestor, you can have a single question for three different ancestors.
3. You can't repeat a question, they have to be three unique questions. Asking three different ancestors what their mother's surname was is far too easy!
4. Before each question, you must identify which ancestor you're asking the question to.
5. After identifying the answer and the question, give a little information about this ancestor that's related to your question. You never know who will stumble upon this information and contact you!

My Three Questions:
#1 Ancestor: Hiram Howell (b. about 1790, SC; d. 1853, Tippah Co, MS)
#1 Question: What complications lead to your murder?
Fact: Hiram Howell was murdered in 1853 (exact date unknown) by Lindsey Slaughter, his probable son-in-law. I believe that Lindsey Slaughter's wife, Bathsheba, is the daughter of Hiram Howell. Lindsey and Bathsheba Slaughter had a daughter named Temperance, a name extremely unique to the Howell family (the name of Hiram's daughter whom I descend from, and the name of Hiram's sister-in-law).

#2 Ancestor: Eszter Tóth (b. 1874, Tiszadob, Hungary; d. 1950, Lore City, OH)
#2 Question: What was the family information in the paperwork that you brought with you, when you immigrated to America?
Fact: Family stories from cousins all recollect that my great-great-grandmother had brought with her when she immigrated, papers about her family tree and ancestors. My cousin in Arizona (whom inherited the papers, yet won't share a single piece of information) has stated she DOES have these papers and it has a full family tree and also includes information about a King that we supposedly descend from. Hearing of this claim years ago, I knew it was at least more plausible than family stories of others.. Eszter was of nobility! A noblewoman is more likely to descend from a King than a peasant. Just in the past two years, I have researched enough to the point that I have proven that we DO descend from a King of Hungary. To be precise, we descend from the early "true" Magyar Kings of Hungary from the Árpád Dynasty. I just want those documents my great-great-grandma brought over from Hungary!!

#3 Ancestor: Martha A. Miller (b. 1836, AL?; d. 1877, Holmes or Yazoo Co, MS)
#3 Question: Who are your parents?!
Fact: According to a family bible (that no one seems to know where it is, or who had it), Martha A. Miller was born on 18 Nov 1836, married to James Andrew J. Costilow on 25 Jul 1855 and died 19 Dec 1877. No places for any of these dates were provided in this supposed family bible. There have also been claims that Martha has Native American roots. Martha truly is a brick-wall. I haven't been able to locate her in the 1850 census anywhere. Any possible matches have been disproven, so I always end up right at the brick-wall again.

What are your questions? :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Two Truths & A Lie

It's Saturday again, and it's time for some genealogy fun! I really like this week's theme!

1)  Play "two truths and a lie."  Tell us three facts about your family history -- two have to be true and one has to be a lie.

2)  Put them on your own blog post, in a Facebook status or in a comment on this blog.  Ask readers to guess which one is a lie.

3)  After one day, be sure to put the right answer as a comment to your blog. or Facebook status.

Here are mine:

* My 5th-great-grandfather was murdered.

* I have an ancestor with a mixed-racial background: White, Native American and African American.

* King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary is my 2nd cousin.

Which one do you think is a lie?  Please comment!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

My Wish List For FamilySearch

With the massive undertaking of the digitization project by FamilySearch, researchers have been able to conduct more and more research at home with less need for the "big-box" genealogy websites, such as Ancestry.com. It was only back in March of last year that FamilySearch really began adding substantial amounts of new databases to their new website.. and a lot of them having indexes, as well.

FamilySearch has been adding new databases almost daily, and I'm constantly checking back (almost daily!) to see what new databases they have uploaded. I thought it would be fun to create a post containing my wish list of what records I would like to appear on FamilySearch. I know in due time that (most of) these records will appear online, whether it be days, months or even years from now.. but it's still fun to talk and think about.

Doing this wish list Genie style (you only get three wishes!), here is my wish list of records I'm hoping for on FamilySearch!

*1. Hungarian Church records
FamilySearch has done an amazing job with uploading two seperate databases for Slovakian Church records (areas that had previous belonged to Hungary, prior to the Treaty of Trianon). I was told by FamilySearch that they eventually plan on combining these two databases after they fix a few bugs. Although I haven't been able to find anything for my direct line in these records, I have actually found information pertaining to distant cousins.

*2. Polish Church records
Looking at my family tree, I'm mostly Polish. My father being 3/4 Polish! I have high hopes for this database, very very high hopes. They're high hopes, because nearly half of the areas that my Polish ancestors came from, do not have church records preserved on microfilm. I doubt these records will be preserved on microfilm or digitized and put online at FamilySearch.. but I can hope! The priests at these towns are very notorious for being extremely uncooperative with researchers. Even researchers who come in person.

*3. Land Deeds
It would be fantastic for the land deeds we all need for research, to become available online in one location. These records are what we use to track down where our family lived and moved to. They're essential to our research!

What kind of databases or specific records are on your Wish List for FamilySearch? And remember.. only three! Make sure to leave a comment on this post with a link to yours, I'd love to see what your Wish List contains!