CF Thoughts

As I continue my search for my new half sibling called CF on Ancestry.com I decided to figure out details about them. One thing is to find an age range for them. Are they younger or older than me?

1938 August 22 Harold Francis Harris is born in Lancaster, Ohio, Fairfield County.

1954 November 23 Harold Francis Harris arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct at age 16

1955 August 29 Military Service Start Date

1957 April 20 Alexandria, Virginia, USA, Marriage to Doris Alleyne Harvey

1959 May 24 Birth of daughter Diana Harris

1959 July 29 Military Service End Date

1961 May 30 Birth of son Samuel Joseph Harris

I don’t have a divorce date

1969 July 3 Washington City, District Of Columbia Marriage to Joann Louise Alajko

1970 January 14 Birth of son Michael Francis Harris

1977 December Divorced Joann Louise Alajko


1993 October 31 Harold Francis Harris dies in Triangle, Virginia, USA

1993 November 4 interred at Quantico National Cemetery, Section 7 Site 1204

The earliest CF could have been born would be around 1953 when Harold was 15. The latest CF could be born would be 1994, just after Harold’s death. My father succumbed to lung cancer after several years. He was 55 at the time of death and based on health probably did not father a child in the last few years of life.

This gives CF a birth range of 1953 to 1990. That is an age range 32 to 69. That can be narrowed down more. He was still living at home with his mom until he joined the service and he was watched more closely after his run in with the police. While in the service I know he spent time stationed in Japan during the Korean War. Then got married. I don’t believe he had time to get away from watchful eyes from 1953 to 1960. Anything is possible, if a record a appears during this part of his life I won’t discount it out of hand.

This now gives CF a birth range of 1960 to 1990 and age range of 32 to 62. I now have a little more information for the search.

Who is CF

I decided to review my Ancestry DNA matches. There has been a very close match sitting there for a while that I haven’t done much with. The match is 1601 cM so very close. The C F profile is managed by someone else that I have messaged in the past but have not received a response in over a year.

I checked online to see how 1601 cM works out to possible relationships.

My options are Grandparent, Aunt/Uncle, Half Sibling, Niece/Nephew, and Grandchild. Trying to knock the list down was first. I have 2 children and neither have children so it can’t be a grandchild. I do have 2 half siblings but neither believes in DNA testing so it will not be my existing half siblings. I have no full siblings so it can’t be Niece/Nephew. They do have children but half niece/nephew cM range is 492 to 1315. My father was an only child so it won’t be aunt/uncle on paternal side and my mother’s 3 siblings have not done DNA testing. So this leaves grandparent or an unknown half sibling.

Next was to look at shared DNA.

I know from my DNA test and my mother’s that That my maternal side is very Polish none of that shows up in the shared DNA so I expect that this is a paternal side match. Also, the shared matches are all paternal side.

Everyone says to check shared DNA. I never hear anyone say check unshared DNA, is it important? As singer/songwriter Billie Eilish says’ “DUH.”

The unshared DNA shows a large amount of DNA from the African continent. If C. F. was a grandparent that DNA should appear in my DNA. I would expect around 5% from Nigeria. This leaves me with the last possibility of an unknown half sibling.

Next will be to dive into finding them.

Thanks to the genealogy and Genchat communities on Twitter for helping work through the information.

Rosemary Tschaepe

This week we learn about Rose Mary Kamm born April 3, 1923 to Albert and
Gertrude Kamm in Buffalo, New York.

I could not find the family in the 1925 or 1935 New York Census or the 1940 US Census. I tried various spellings and techniques but they disappeared for 15+ years. Then in 1940 I find them, now with an additional child; Gloria, born January 17, 1926. They lived at 122 Hagan Ave. in Buffalo.

On September 27, 1947 Rosemary married Joseph M. Tschaepe in Buffalo, NY. By 1950 they were living at 72 Ernst Ave.

Rosemary must have led a quiet life away from the public, i found very little about them until the 1970’s. First in 1971 her father died on May 21, then on September 27 her mother died. Then in 1974 she was mentioned in the Evans Newspaper visiting her sister.

I have a final address of 106 Judith Dr. in Cheektowaga but I haven’t found any other information about family. It was 4 years later that Rosemary died at age 74 and was buried at Fourteen Holy Helper Roman Catholic Cemetery in West Seneca, NY.

Another thing I can’t figure out is the connection to my family. Most likely they were friends of my grandmother and by extension my mother. I based this on her birth being close to my maternal grandmother and them living on the east side at the same time then moving to Cheektowaga.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 11; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 19; County: Erie; Page: 74
  • U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02833; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 64-318
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • Newspapers.com – Evans Journal – 26 Dec 1974 – Page 3
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Birth Index

Daniel F. Surdyk Sr.

Last week I did the prayer card for John Surdyk, this week I have researched his youngest son Daniel.

Daniel was born October 10, 1928 in Buffalo, NY. He and his 2 older brothers; Joseph and Raymond lived at 8 Gittere St with their parents. His mother died 2 months after he turned 4. Before his 5th birthday his father remarried to Jeanny Halor.

In 1940 Daniel 11 was no longer the youngest child, he now had half sister Elaine age 3.

He register for the draft 5 days after turning 18, October 15, 1946. He listed his grandmother Martha Nietopski as his next of kin, at the time she was living with them at 8 Gittere. He enlisted in the navy on September 30, 1948 and was discharged on September 8, 1952.

After the military he returned home until his marriage to Mary A Trzaska on September 21, 1957 in Cheektowaga, NY. I don’t have records until his death on July 25, 1978, He was buried at Saint Adalbert’s Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY.

Sources:

  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 0130; FHL microfilm: 2341161
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02826; Page: 62A; Enumeration District: 64-120
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Original data: Find a Grave. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data: Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for New York State, 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index

John Surdyk

John Surdyk was born June 6, 1900 in Buffalo, New York. His Parents were Albert and Victoria Surdyk; both born in Poland. in 1900 John was the youngest of 8 siblings. The oldest Salmeja was born in Poland around 1884. The rest of the siblings; Mary 15, Stanislaus 19, Agnes 12, Browslava 5, Ladislawa 3, and Veronica 2 were born in the US. They lived at 48 Beck St., a short street that now has few homes and is more of a driveway for an Autozone.

Not much changed by 1905. But by 1910 the family except for Salmeja and Mary moved to 250 Townsend, a 9 minute walk from their old home.

By 1915 the last siblings with John were Ladislawa, Veronica, and new addition Josephine born in 1911.

Around this time the family moved to 1261 Sycamore St.. John work as an assembler at Bethlehem Steel. On August 13, 1918 the Buffalo Currier newspaper reported a fine against Mary Kolinski for dumping dirty water on John as he passed he home on Townsend.

Once again the family moved, now to 11 Gittere by 1920. At this time it was just John, his parents and youngest sister Josephine. John was an electrician for a Brass Foundry.

Martha Nietopska married John on August 22, 1922 in Buffalo.

In 1925 John and Martha had a 1 year old son named Joseph. Joseph grew up to marry my grandmother’s sister Frances.

In 1930 Joseph 6 had 2 siblings Raymond 5, and Daniel 1 living with his parents John and Martha. John was an out of work auto assembler at the time of the Census. They lived at 8 Gittere St. across from his old home. His parents were no longer living at 11 Gittere.

I have not found the details but Martha died on December 27, 1932. She was buried at Saint Adalbert’s Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY.

Nine months later John married Jeanie Haler on September 2, 1933 in Buffalo, NY.

There was more sorrow as John’s father died on December 22, 1936 and his mother on November 23, 1938. The holiday season was not good for the family.

Sometime in 1937 Jeanie gave birth to Elaine. The 1940 US Census doesn’t list the street they lived on. I checked several pages around them on the census and no streets are listed. The family consisted of John 39, Jeanie 31, and children Joseph 16, Raymond 14, Daniel 11, Elaine 3.

On February 16, 1942 John signed his draft papers. They were living at 77 Bryson St., he worked at Curtis Wright Airplane Company. This is 1 block away from Newton St.

In May of 1943 Raymond was struck by a car on the corner of Newton and Lindbergh (now Memorial Dr.) and broke his leg. The following January his father was struck by a car in the same spot and broke his leg.

I have a city directory listing from 1953 showing Jeanie and John living at 85 Young Ave., this is now an empty lot. The home was a short walk away from Bryson and Newton Streets.

The last record for John is his Social Security Death Record. It shows his last residence was in the 14212 zip code which was Young Ave. and Bryson St..

I have mentioned in many blogs that I grew up on Newton Street with my great grandmother until she died in 1980. One thing that was a tradition in the family was her children visiting on Saturdays. Her daughter Frances would visit with her husband Joseph Surdyk (John’s Oldest). According to Google maps it is a 10 minute walk to Young Ave. I made this walk many time as a teen. To the best of my knowledge my great aunt and uncle never visited his father on those Saturdays when he was so close. I did not even know they lived there until I researched this blog. I wonder if his step mother still living with his father had anything to do with the lack of visits.

Sources:

  • https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/28634046:6224?tid=151381261&pid=112007446726&hid=1013293503442&_phsrc=Vbi5&_phstart=default#:~:text=Year%3A%201930%3B%20Census%20Place%3A%20Buffalo%2C%20Erie%2C%20New%20York%3B%20Page%3A%2021A%3B%20Enumeration%20District%3A%200130%3B%20FHL%20microfilm%3A%202341161
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 16, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1105; Page: 41B; Enumeration District: 127
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 04; City: Buffalo Ward 09; County: Erie; Page: 19
  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 14, Erie, New York; Roll: 1028; Page: 29; Enumeration District: 0108; FHL microfilm: 1241028
  • Ancestry.com. New York State, Marriage Index, 1881-1967 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
  • Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 8, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_942; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0069; FHL microfilm: 1374955
  • \Year: 1940; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02826; Page: 61B; Enumeration District: 64-120
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 01; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 11; County: Erie; Page: 26
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 05; Assembly District: 07; City: Buffalo Ward 16; County: Erie; Page: 36
  • Ancestry.com. New York State, Marriage Index, 1881-1967 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
  • Newspapers.com – Buffalo Courier – 13 Aug 1918 – Page 6PublisherBuffalo CourierPublisher date13 Aug 1918Publisher locationBuffalo, New YorkEdit repository
  • Newspapers.com – The Post-Star – 21 Jan 1944 – Page 16PublisherThe Post-StarPublisher date21 Jan 1944Publisher locationGlens Falls, New York
  • Newspapers.com – The Ithaca Journal – 8 Jan 1944 – Page 7PublisherThe Ithaca JournalPublisher date8 Jan 1944Publisher locationIthaca, New York
  • Ancestry.com. New York, U.S., Death Index, 1852-1956 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Laura Osmanski

Laura Osmanski was born Eleonarda Owsian around April 1899 in Buffalo, NY. He family lived at 12 Newton Street in 1900. This prayer card profile has connections to my family and another card profile. Last year I did a profile on Bruno Osmanski. At the time I wasn’t sure if Laura and Leonardo were the same person because of name change in the records and them not living together in 1930. The other connection is closer. She lived at 12 Newton at the same time as my great grandmother and they were both born in 1899 with Laura being 8 months older.

On to Eleonarda Owsian; her family in 1900 was parents: Stanislaus and Antonina and sister Frances 3. They lived in a very small flat at 18 Newton St.. Her parents were both born in the German portion of what was Poland. By 1905 she had 3 more siblings added to the family;
Edmund 4, Leokadya 2, and Benedict 1.

They were living around the corner at 350 Curtiss Street in 1910. Five more years passed and 3 more children were born into the family; Thomas 3, Stanislaw 2, and new born Stanislawa. Laura was 11 and attending school. So, 5 more years pass and in 1915 they have 2 more children; Florence 3 and Henry 9 months. There were 10 children living in the home.

Laura worked in a silk mill in 1920 at 21 years old. She was still living with the family on Curtiss Street. Her sister Frances had moved out prior to the census.

Leonardo (Laura) Owsian married Bruno Osmanski on September 21, 1920 in Buffalo, NY. This was a month after their first son Richard was born. Their second son Eugen was born December 8, 1922. Some time prior to 1930 Laura and Bruno separated or divorced. Laura and her sons moved to 444 Schiller Ave. She was working as a laundress for a private family. Bruno 37 was living with his elderly parents. He died in 1933.

The 1940 US Census shows Laura living with 2 of her brothers and mother at 295 Wagner St. in Cheektowaga, NY. She was a weaver in a silk mill again.

November 20, 1943 was a bad day for the family as Pfc Eugene Osmanski was killed in combat at Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati. He was buried at the St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY.

In 1955 the city directory listed her living at 539 Bailey Ave. It lists her as widowed to Bruno so they may never have finalized a divorce. This is the last record I found until her death in 1980.

Sources:

  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 04; City: Buffalo Ward 11; County: Erie
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 8, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_942; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0075; FHL microfilm: 1374955
  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 11, Erie, New York; Roll: 1027; Page: 35; Enumeration District: 0085; FHL microfilm: 1241027
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 04; Assembly District: 06; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 75
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 10, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1102; Page: 25B; Enumeration District: 80
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Cheektowaga, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02527; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 15-39
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Navy Casualties Books, 1776-1941 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0074; FHL microfilm: 2341158
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 0132; FHL microfilm: 2341161
  • Publication Place: City, Virginia, USA; URL: http://www.tributes.com/obituary/print_selections/94503348?type=1

Wincenty Gulczewski

Wincenty is my great grandmother Joanne’s older brother. He was born 21 years before her in July of 1878. The big difference between their births was the Atlantic Ocean. Wincenty was born in the Polish apportioned area of Germany while Joanne was born in Buffalo, NY.

In the 1900 US Census he was living with the family at 12 Newton St.. He was the oldest child living at the home with 6 younger siblings. Just months earlier his youngest sister was born in the house he lived. I wonder what he did that day, did he go to work as a day laborer or did he stay home and help his mother.

Ten years later he was married and living with his in laws. He was no longer a laborer but was now a carpenter. Wincenty married Jadwiga Morawa prior to the 1910 US Census. They had 3 children: Valentine 4, Edward 3, and Stanislawa 1. Jadwiga’s parents and brother also lived at 112 Lombard. Five years later Wincenty and Jadwiga had 3 more children; Benedict 4, Theodore 1, and Joseph 3 months.

In 1920 the family moved to Lovejoy Ave. They now have 8 children: Valentine 15, Edward 14, Stella 12, Bernard/Benedict 10, Theodore 7, Joseph 6, Bertha 2, and new born John. By 1927 they moved to 70 Miller Ave and became an auto mechanic. They were still there in 1933.

I think the funeral at his old home was to make it easier for Jadwiga to handle his death by having his in laws help out.

I went to high school with a Valerian Gulczewski but he didn’t know his grandparents and I didn’t have much information past my great grandmother. I’ll use the information I found to see if there is a connection to Valerian.


Sources:

  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 11, Erie, New York; Page: 35; Enumeration District: 0085; FHL microfilm: 1241027
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 05; Assembly District: 06; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 28
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 10, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1102; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 81
  • New York Department of Health; Albany, NY; NY State Death Index
  • Registration State: New York; Registration County: Erie
  • Ancestry.com. New York, U.S., State Census, 1892 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Wednesday Translated

He died on Friday, March 27, 1936, at 2:30 a.m.

The funeral took place on Tuesday, March 31, at 8:30 a.m., from the family home at 112 Lombard street, to the church of St. Stanislaus.

Wincenty’s body was interred at the cemetery of Saint Stanislaus.

O most compassionate Jesus, have mercy on the poor suffering souls.
Our Father, Hail Mary.
Eternal rest, etc.
ED. L. KAZMIERCZAK
Funeral
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