- books will be bring the cost down to $199.50
- 10 to 49 books will bring the cost down to $189.00
- 50 or more books will bring the cost down to $178.50
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
After getting to know him, I learned that he is also of Lithuanian descent. His Father-In-Law is the editor of Lithuanian Heritage Magazine, a bimonthly publication that that plays tribute to Lithuanian culture old and new. I truly think fate was at work as I now have connections to learning more about our culture and heritage.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The living children of Anthony and Eva include:
- Margaret Murosky
- Joseph Muroski Sr.
- William Murosky
- Charles Muroski
The spelling of Murosky varied with the children, some adopted Murosky and others adopted Muroski
Anthony was buried
- 1910 U. S. census, 1910 United States Federal Census schedule, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, Family of Anthony Meroski. Supervisor's District 10, Enumeration District 64, Enumeration Date April 28, 1910, Lines 31-37.; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com).
- Murosky, Anthony, Sr. (1939, December 20). Erie Daily Times News, Erie, Pennsylvania.
- Find A Grave Memorial# 9271239 www.findagreave.com
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Tuesday, February 1st, 1944
Note - While this letter is for Caroline Loretta O'Neill, one of Virginia's Aunt's whom she lived with before getting married on 15 Jul 1938. She also lived with Eleanor Monica O'Neill , both are my 2nd great grand aunts, also known affectionately as "Aunt Nora" and "Aunt Carrie". It is uncertain how the mixup of the name happened.
|Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr.|
From the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.
Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr. and Virginia McDonald Geary are my 1st cousins 3x removed. They are the children of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great grand uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great grand aunt. My relationship with Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr. and Virginia McDonald Geary is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Caroline Loretta O'Neill and Eleanor Monica O'Neill are my 2nd great aunts.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
John Loll, my 3rd great granduncle, was born in
John Lauer, was the husband of my 3rd great grandaunt Francisca Loll. Francisca was the sister of John Loll above and the daughter of Antoine Loll and Mary Ann Jehl, my 4th great grandparents. John was born
James McDonald, my 3rd great granduncle, as told in family stories handed down over the years is believed to have fought in the Civil war. I have personally not verified this information but a grave marker recorded at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Crown,
"Michael McDonald's brothers were scrappers and some of them fought in the Civil War." - Virginia McDonald
The Michael McDonald she references was her grandfather and my 3rd great grandfather. I am hopeful that future research will indicate other Civil War veterans in the McDonald branch of the family based on Virginia's first hand accounts of visiting the Michael McDonald family as a child.
The Lolls, Book I. The Antonine Loll Family Tree, Page 5
The Lolls, Book I. Summary Data on Anthony and Mary Ann Keal Loll Family, Page 10
A Proud People A Proud Heritage, compiled by the compiled by the History Committee of St. Joseph Parish,
Lucinda, Pa. Find A Grave Memorial# 114581616 www.findagrave.com National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. U.S.,1890 Veterans Schedules (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com, 2005), McDonald, James. James started his military service as a private in the 63rd Regiment Volunteers of F company. His service was August 1861 through October 1863. (2 years and 2 months) He was shot in the right arm. A. J. Davis, History of Clarion County Pennsylvania: with Illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers (Syrcuse, N. Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1887), Brief Personals. Loll, Joseph. Page xxxiii.
- A. J. Davis, History of Clarion County Pennsylvania: with Illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers (Syrcuse, N. Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1887), Chapter XIX Company F, 63rd Regiment. Battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines. Page 194-195.
- A. J. Davis, History of Clarion County Pennsylvania: with Illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers (Syrcuse, N. Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1887), Chapter XIX Company F, 63rd Regiment. Battle of Chancellorsville. Page 199-200.
- A. J. Davis, History of Clarion County Pennsylvania: with Illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers (Syrcuse, N. Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1887), Chapter XIX Company F, 63rd Regiment. Page 201
- A. J. Davis, History of Clarion County Pennsylvania: with Illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers (Syrcuse, N. Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1887), Chapter XIX Company F, 63rd Regiment. Page 202.
- A. J. Davis, History of Clarion County Pennsylvania: with Illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers (Syrcuse, N. Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1887), Chapter XIX Company F, 63rd Regiment. Page 207.
John Woolf Jordan, LL.D., Genealogical and personal history of the Allegheny Valley Pennsylvania, III vols. (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913), Page 839. View the book here: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/John_Woolf_Jordan_Genealogical_and_Personal_Histor?id=VNQqAAAAYAAJ
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
All information on the older O'Neill ancestors, my 3rd great grand-parents and beyond, is from Patrick G. O’Neill, my 1st cousin 3x removed, who wrote the O'Neill Descendants of Con & Katherine 1700-2000 with George K. O'Neill, another distant O'Neill cousin, I was able to purchase the book he wrote and learn more about the O'Neill family.
Winifred Agnes O'Neill and her husband Robert Alphonsus McDonald
Michael O'Neill was born
Michael sailed from
- O'Neill Descendants of Con & Katherine 1700-2000
Sunday, March 6, 2011
In honor of the death of the last WWI veteran, Frank Woodruff Buckles on February 27, 2011, I found it fitting to honor the military service of family members who were also veterans of WWI.
Currently, the only known veteran of WWI is Robert Edwin McDonald, my great grand uncle. Robert was born in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania on Feb 1, 1899 the third child born to Robert Alphonsus McDonald and Winifred Agnes O'Neill. Additional work in the research process should reveal more specific details about Robert's military service.
Virginia Dorothy McDonald Geary, my first cousin 3x removed, recalls her Robert Edwin McDonald, her first cousin, coming to visit her parents, Ambrose Aloysius McDonald and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, in his military uniform after returning from the war when she was five years old at their home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It should be noted here that Virginia's father Ambrose Aloysius McDonald was the younger brother of Robert's father Robert Alphonsus McDonald and Virgina's mother Gertrude Anna O'Neill was the younger sister of Robert's mother Winifred Agnes O'Neill. This made Robert Edwin McDonald and Virginia Dorothy McDonald Geary double paternal first cousins.
With the known dates of Virginia's birth and Robert's birth, Robert would have returned home from military service sometime in 1919 when he was about 20 years old. Virginia also indicates that he was one of the soldiers who suffered from the effects of poison gas during the war.
After returning home from his military service Robert visited with other family members who were living on the North Side of Pittsburgh at that time. Robert relocated to California shortly after arriving back in the Unites States and never returned to Pennsylvania after moving. It is unknown if Robert moved due to continuing military service or personal preference. His younger sister, Madeline Gertrude McDonald, traveled to California to visit him during her lifetime.
The details of Robert's life in California are unknown at this time.
|Three Generations of the McDonald Family|
Back: Loraine Anthony McDonald, [my great grandfather], Frances Philomena Selker [my great grandmother], Winifred Agnes O'Neill [my 2nd great grandmother], Robert Edwin McDonald [my great grand uncle].
Front: Robert Alphonsus McDonald [my 2nd great grandfather] most likely holding Francis Winifred McDonald [my great aunt].
The location of the photograph is not known. Loraine Anthony McDonald and Frances Philomena Selker were living in Clarion County, Pennsylvania in the early 1920's. This photo could have been taken in Clarion at the home of Robert's parents or the home of his older brother Loraine Anthony McDonald.
This photograph would have been taken after March 18, 1920 for Francis Winifred McDonald to be included in the picture.
This photograph was included in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Frances Philomena Guth appears to have passed the photographs down to her daughter Frances Philomena Selker. Frances' daughter Mary Eugenia McDonald ended up with her mother's photo collections which is time were handed down to me. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
When Theresa was 17, she moved with her family from
The family arrived at the
- 1880 U. S. census, 1880 United States Federal Census schedule, Clarion, Pennsylvania, Family of Leopold Guth. Supervisor's District10, Enumeration District 66, Enumeration Date June 1, 1880, Lines 35-42.; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com).
- 1900 U. S. census, 1900 United States Federal Census schedule, Clarion , Pennsylvania, Family of Leopold Guth. Supervisor's District 14, Enumeration District 6, Enumeration Date June 7, 1900, Lines 19-21.; digital image, (www.ancestry.com).
- Find A Grave Memorial# 84821479. www.findagrave.com
- Find A Grave Memorial# 84821414. www.findagrave.com
Monday, February 14, 2011
Valentine Loll was baptized on
Valentine married Ursula Holinger on
Valentine was born at a time of war in
If Valentine was still living, he would have been around 57 when Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette were crowned King and Queen of France on
Joanne Loll and Catherine Unternaire are my 7th great grandparents. Valentine Loll is my 6th great uncle.
- The Lolls, Book I. The French Loll Family Tree, Page 34
- France, Muntzenheim Catholic Church (Muntzenheim, Alsace, France), "Church Logbooks"Copies of the Muntzenheim Catholic Church Records translated from Latin by William E. Loll
Written in 1990 by William E. Loll, Page 18 of the The Loll's Book II.
Some basic information on understanding the relationships between cousins, that I am using from Wikipedia and Genealogy.com:
The degree (first, second, third cousin, etc.) indicates one less than the minimum number of generations between both cousins and the nearest common ancestor.
- First Cousin: a person with whom one shares a grandparent (but not a parent). These individuals are typically the children of your aunts and uncles.
- Second Cousin: someone with whom one shares a great-grandparent (but not a grandparent or a parent)
- Third Cousin: someone with whom one shares a great-great-grandparent (but not a great-grandparent or grandparent or parent)
- Fourth Cousin: someone with whom one shares a great-great-great-grandparent (but not a great-great-grandparent, great-grandparent or grandparent or parent)
The removal (once removed, twice removed, etc.) indicates the number of generations, if any, separating the two cousins from each other.
- The child of one's first cousin is one's first cousin once removed because the one generation separation represents one removal.
- Oneself and the child are still considered first cousins, as one's grandparent (this child's great-grandparent), as the most recent common ancestor, represents one degree.
- Removal can also be listed with an x. Example 2x indicates two times removed.
A double cousin is when two siblings of one family reproduce with two siblings of another family. Double cousins share both sets of grandparents in common. Genetically, they can be as closely related as half-siblings.
Information Obtained From:
Sunday, February 13, 2011
- My Grandfather Arthur who has patiently answered numerous questions, provided stories and helped me outline the Murosky and Bukowski family trees to the best of his knowledge.
- My Father who has taken several road trips with me to Clarion and Vowinckel, Pennsylvania. We visited several sites and cemeteries together on these trips.
- Edward Zelazny, my first cousin 2x removed, who provided information on the Bukowski family and allowed me to copy his family records and photos.
- Rita Ann Murosky Niemi, my Great Aunt, who provided additional information on the Bukowski and Murosky Families. She also took me to see the graves of my 2nd Great Grandparents, Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski.
- Tom Murosky, my 3rd cousin, who has provided information on his ancestors.
- William E. Loll, my 3rd cousin 2x removed, who wrote 4 volumes of Family History on the Loll Family and traveled to France to do research. I was able to purchase all 4 of his volumes and learn more about the Loll Family.
- Patrick G. O’Neill, my 1st cousin 3x removed, who wrote the O'Neill Descendants of Con & Katherine 1700-2000 with George K. O'Neill, another distant O'Neill cousin, I was able to purchase the book he wrote and learn more about the O'Neill family.
- Virginia Dorothy McDonald Geary, my 1st cousin 3x removed and also a double cousin, was the oldest living McDonald when I met her last September 2010. She was able to provide first hand accounts of McDonald and O'Neill family members and of visiting Vowinckel, Pennsylvania. She allowed me to copy her family records and photos. I had a lovely visit with Virginia when I flew to Pittsburgh.
- My McDonald Great Aunts and Great Uncle have been a great source of information about the McDonald family and also about how they grew up.
- Mary Lynn McDonald Walters, my 1st cousin 2x removed, who was able to provide me with information on the descendants of Cyril Clair McDonald, my Great Grand Uncle.
- Sr. Janet Staab, my 1st cousin 2x removed, was able to provide me with information on our collective Selker and Guth ancestors. She also allowed me to copy her records and photos.
- Philip Franz Selker, my 1st cousin 3x removed, was a wonderful treat to meet. I met Philip in college when I was visiting my husband (who I was not yet married to, in Illinois). My husband and I took the train to Chicago to meet Philip, his wife and his daughter. When we got off the train, Philip knew who we were, he said by my "German features". We had a lovely visit, learned about Philip, his WWII military service and about his family.
- Bernice Clotilda Huefner Wolbert, although not a direct family relation, was able to provide me with information about other family members I was related to. Bernice also provided me the connection for being able to purchase a copy of A Proud People A Proud Heritage, Compiled by the History Committee of St. Joseph Parish, Lucinda, Pa.
- My Aunts who have provided additional information along the way.
- Benjamin Patrick Norris, my 3rd cousin 2x removed, has provided a wealth of knowledge on the McDonald, Haggerty and Lynam families. Benjamin also had extensive knowledge of Vowinckel, Clarion County, Pennsylvania which has been very helpful.
- Bernard A. Clark, my 7th cousin 2x removed, has done some really fantastic research. Bernard was able to provide details and point me to several helpful references on the Kuhn side of the family which was living in the Pennsylvania before the American Revolution.
- Cary Christopher, a very experienced genealogist who I connected with in spring of 2014. He researched the McDonald family for a descendant. Cary very kindly shared his very complete and detailed research with me. He also shared family photos and other details he received from other McDonald descendants.
- Leo Selker, my 2nd cousin 1x removed, has provided many details on my 2nd great-grandfather Joseph William Selker (our shared grand parent), stories about the family who lived in Clarion. He has also been very kind to share copies of family photos and other family mementos.
- J. F. Easly, a distant cousin, who wrote a very detailed history on the Easly family. His very detailed and well sourced work includes very specific details and references to many court records. The records document both land, wills and other proceedings. The original author did future generations an amazing service as this research was done before the internet and the search engines that are available today. If you are interested in research - it is highly recommended to read this work.
- There are other individuals who I have made contact with during my journey who have provided insite, links to sources and suggestions on contacts.
Virginia Dorothy McDonald Geary, my 1st cousin 3x removed and I during my visit to Pittsburgh September 2010
Saturday, February 5, 2011
My research is posted to World Connect. The research is current as of today. Informaiton about living individuals is not posted. The link below will take you to my pedigree displayed in a visual format. Viewing the pedigree in this fashion the major and minor ancestral lines will be visible.
Paternal Minor Lines
The Paternal minor lines are an exception to what is noted above. In this case, these two lines are listed as there are only four known names currently known in the Paternal lines Bukowski and Murosky as discussed in separate posts and the two surnames listed below.
Nationality - Polish
Arrival to the Unites States -
The Kwiatkowski line begins with my 2nd great grandmother Franciska Kwiatkowski. She is the oldest currently known individual in the Kwiatkowski line. She was born in
Nationality - Russian/Polish
Arrival to the Unites States -
The Zielinski line begins with my 2nd great grandmother Eva Zielinski. She is the oldest currently known individual in the Kwiatkowski line. She was born around 1870 possibly in
The Maternal Minor Lines
The minor material lines contain more names in succession.
Nationality - French (although it should be noted this portion of France changed borders with Germany often over the course of history)
The Allonas line begins with my 5th great grandmother Madeleine Allonas. The records from
The oldest currently known individual in the Allonas Line is Madeleine's father Anthony Allonas, my 6th great grandfather.
Nationality - Irish
Arrival to the Unites States -
The Cunningham line begins with my 3rd great grandmother Ellen Cunningham born
Nationality - Irish
Arrival to the Unites States -
The Haggerty line begins with my 3rd great grandmother Anna Haggerty born around 1845 in
Nationality - Fuerstenau,
The Hofhaus line begins with my 3rd great grandmother Katherine Elizabeth Hofhaus born
The Rösch line begins with my 4th great grandmother Theresia Rösch born 1801 in Untersimonwald, Margraviate of Baden, Holy Roman Empire. The oldest currently known individual in the Rösch Line is Theresia's father Johann Rösch , my 5th great grandfather.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Frances Philomena Guth, my 2nd great grandmother.
The Murosky line begins with me. The oldest currently known individual in the Murosky Line is Anthony Murosky Sr., my 2nd great grandfather, born in November of 1863. It is believed the Murosky family is from
In addition to maintaining the research site she is currently working on the “Portraits of a Life” project. The goal of this project is to digitize, archive, restore and share her family’s old photographs. She has the photo collections of her great-grandmothers in her care.
Her great grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski, her paternal grandfather’s mother, was the original family historian. She took many photos of her children, her parents, her husband’s parents, her siblings, her husbands, her nieces and her nephews. There are hundreds of photos ranging from the early 1900’s through the 1950’s. She also recorded the names and dates on many of the images. Her record keeping was impeccable and has assisted with identifying individuals in the unlabeled photos. In addition to several large albums there were also many loose photos, newspaper clippings and post cards.
Spring of 2014 she acquired the photo collection of Frances Philomena Selker – her paternal grandmother’s mother. This collection of photographs includes many old photographs of members of the family from Clarion, Pennsylvania. This collection includes a grouping of tin-type photographs which are over one hundred years old.
When she isn't working on family history or restoring old family photographs she enjoys photographing nature. Check out her photography portfolio or follow her on Instagram.