I left Madison with a USB full of records regarding the Drezdzon and other related families. I downloaded quite a few obituaries from Milwaukee’s Polish newspapers. My find at FGS was a book on how to read Polish obituaries, I have many translations to work through. First stop in Illinois was a stop at Portillo’s for a Chicago dog, I was in heaven! Which led me to the second most important thing to do – hitting a grocery store and buying all the bright green relish that I could find.
I actually was in the area to visit the family graves at Concordia Cemetery located in Forest Park, Illinois. The cemetery offices were very helpful and I located more family plots. I like to check on the plots since my grandmother paid for perpetual care in 1942 in the amount of $100.00. The $100.00 covers the entire plot of nine graves. I think she would be happy to know the cemetery has kept their word she made quit a bargain.
The other day I spent a wonderful day going through the old files at the Cass County Indiana Clerk’s office. I found some probate files, quite a few marriage licenses, one divorce, and a lot of dust. I will be posting some of the information I found as I get it processed.
Today I drove to Illinois and went grave searching at Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park. I took some new pictures of my Great Grandfathers grave and looked up the graves of Meta and Charles Gollnick, On the way out of the cemetery I saw another Gollnick headstone so I took some pictures of that headstone also.
|Meta and Charles Gollnick|
|Close up of Charles Gollnick|
|Close up Meta Gollnick (nee Skibbe)|
|Opposite side of Meta and Charles – their son William and a spot for his wife Arlene|
|Gollnick – the headstone I found on the way out of the cemetery, below are close ups of both sides of the stone.|
|August (father), Sept 20 1858 – Jan 24 1947; Albertina (mother) Sept 1 1857 – May 23, 1941; Henry (son) June 4, 1893 – July 27, 1964|
|Paul H. 1897-1964, Theresa 1892-1962, Augusta 1880-1959, August Jr 1885-1960|
|Miottel Family Grave|
It’s time for some Saturday Night fun, the mission below is issued from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings
1) How old is one of your grandfathers 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 ancestral name list (some people call it an “ahnentafel”). Who is that person?
3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the “roulette number.”
4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook 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 grandmother, or yourself, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!
My grandfather, William Adolph Skibbe was born in 30 Nov 1890, so he would be 120 years old today. His age today, divided by four is 30.
Lucky ancestor number 30 is Adolph Blank. He was born in February of 1896 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. I do not know when he died or who he married.
Three facts I do know about Adolph Blank:
* He was the son of Adolph Blank (1867-1900) and Emilie Panzer (1867-1924).
* He was raised by my Great-Grandfather Theodore Miottel and his mother Emilie Panzer Blank after the couple married on 25 May 1901. The couple set about raising a household of six children combined from their prior marriages.
* He had two sisters, Margarette (Margaret) born April of 1893 and Helen born in 1900, and one brother Arthur born in Feb of 1896. He had a step-sister, Clara Miottel, my grandmother, born in 1894 and a step-bother named George Miottel born in 1897.
Well here is a family I certainly need to get information on! I had previously located Adolph in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Time to do a little more research!
I have to say 2010 was a wonderful year. I made some great friends, advanced my research, and upped my blog posts. I also scanned every document I have for my family history and have sorted them in the appropriate locations. I also attended some wonderful conferences and learned some new tricks. My business has been doing well and a long past murder in my family has been solved and the guilty party put in jail. All and all a fabulous year.
2011 will be my year of refining my research goals, following my research plan and hopefully learning and growing even more. This year I am going to search for my Poundstone relatives with a passion. I plan on doing some research in Illinois and Indiana trying to track down some missing clues. I will also see what information I can glean from my Miottel and Skibbe relatives. I also plan on diligently searching my husbands side of the family. Watch out Yurmanovich, Drezdon and Milolajckak families.