Monday, December 22, 2014

Wedding Photos: Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash Wedding Snapshots

The wedding Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash was held 07 Sep 1946 at Holy Family Church in Erie, Erie County Pennsylvania. The couple married after Edward returned from his service in the Army during WWII.

Edward V. Murosky was born 03 March 1925 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski. Edward V. Murosky is my great-uncle; he is my grandfather's brother. Margaret was born 1922 in Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of John S. Forgash and Mary.

Edward's mother Helen had this series of snapshots from the wedding included in her photo collection.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Wedding Party of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash

Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Wedding Party of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
(L-R) Unknown, Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash, Groom Edward V. Murosky, 
Rita Ann Murosky (Groom's sister), unknown, unknown, unknown

Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
The Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. Family
(L-R) Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr, Marian Elaine Murosky, Helen Tillie Bukowski, 
Edward V. Murosky, Rita Ann Murosky
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Uknown Group
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash, unknown, unknown
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Ushers
(L-R) Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Groom Edward V. Murosky, Unknown
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Wedding Snapshot
(L-R) Groom Edward V. Murosky, Bride Margaret Forgash, 
Rita Ann Murosky (Groom's sister), unknown
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Bridal Attendants
(L-R) Rita Ann Murosky (Groom's sister), unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash, unknown, unknown
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Uknown Group
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash, unknown, unknown
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash, Helen Tillie Bukowski, Edward V. Murosky
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
(L-R): Edward V. Murosky, Bride Margaret Forgash, unknown
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
Back (L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash, unknown
Front (L-R): Unknown, Unknown
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash

Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash, unknown
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash, unknown child
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash, unknown
Front: uknown child
 Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash, unknown
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Group Photo
(L-R): Unknown, Bride Margaret Forgash
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Wedding of Edward V. Murosky & Margaret Forgash
Bride Margaret Forgash with her father-in-law Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. 

Photographs from the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Edward. V. Murosky is my great uncle. He is the brother of my paternal grandfather Arthur Murosky.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Norbert Bukowski Family

Update December 30, 2014 - Norbet's cousin Leona Pietrzak indicated Dorthy's surname was Swienski. Her surname has been added to the blog post. 

Norbert Bukowski was born 13 July 1920. His birth location is likely Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was the only son of William F. Bukowski and Celia. Celia's surname is current unknown. William, the son of Polish immigrants Vincinety Frank Bukowski & Franciska Kwiatkowski, was processed as an infant at Ellis Island with his family on 1 May 1895. The family settled in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

William Bukowski relocated from Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania to Buffalo, Erie County, New York. It is currently estimated that William married Celia about 1919 based on dates recorded in the 1930 United States Federal Census. The location of their marriage is currently unknown. The family is recorded residing in Buffalo, New York in the 1930 United States Federal Census and 1940 United States Federal Census.

On 17 June 1942 Norbert enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. Norbert married his wife Dorothy Swienski in Buffalo, Erie County, New York.  He is shown wearing his Coast Guard Uniform in the wedding photo. His first cousin Robert Pietrzak attended his wedding. Norbert was discharged from service on 7 November 1945.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Wedding of Norbert Bukowski & Dorothy
Wedding of Norbert & Dorothy
(L-R) Robert V. Pietrzak, Bride's Sister, Bride Dorothy Swienski, Groom Norbert Bukowski 

Norbert and Dorothy were both photographed with their oldest daughter Judy. The photographs were likely taken in Buffalo, Erie County, Pennsylvania. Eventually these photographs ended up in the hands of family living in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. It is possible the couple mailed photographs to their family living in Erie. Norbert's Aunt, my great grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski, had these photographs included in her collection. 

Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Norbert Bukowski & Judy Bukowski
Norbert & Judy

Michelle M. Murosky: The Bukowski Collection &emdash; Judy Bukowski
Judy Bukowski

Michelle M. Murosky: The Bukowski Collection &emdash; Dorothy & Judy
Dorothy Swienski & Judy Bukowski

From the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Norbert Bukowski is a 1st cousin to my grandfather Arthur Murosky. The two share common ancestors in their grandparents, Vincinety Frank Bukowski & Franciska Kwiatkowski. Norbert's father William is my great grandmother Helen's brother. 

References:

  1. Ellis Island Records, Ship of Travel: Noordland, Port of Departure: Antwerp, Date of Arrival: May 01, 1895   
  2. 1900 U. S. census, 1900 United States Federal Census schedule, Erie, Pennsylvania,  Supervisor's District 15, Enumeration District 80, Enumeration Date June, 1900, Lines 11-17. Family of Vincent Bukowski
  3. 1910 U. S. census, 1910 United States Federal Census schedule, Erie, Pennsylvania, Supervisor's District 19, Enumeration District 79, Enumeration Date May 2,1910, Lines 44-52. Family of Vincent Bukowski
  4. 1930 U. S. census, United States Federal Census schedule, Erie, New York, Supervisor's District 7NY Enumeration District 15-65, Enumeration Date April 2, 1930, Lines 67-78 Record for Bukowski, Boleslaus 
  5. 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. Record for Norbert Bukowski.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The McDonald & Selker Cousins - 1920's

The McDonald and Selker cousins photographed in the 1920's in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. The Joseph W. Selker house is to the right of the children. The Joseph W. Selker Cigar Factory is to the left of the children.

Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; McDonald & Selker Cousins
Left to Right: Mary Eugenia McDonald, Helen Lucille Selker, 
Leopold George Selker Jr. & Frances Winifred McDonald 


The cousins shown are the children of Selker Siblings Leopold George Selker Sr. and Frances Philomena Selker.  Leopold and Frances are the children of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.

The McDonald girls are the children of Loraine Anthony McDonald and Frances Philomena Selker
  • Frances Winifred McDonald (18 March 1920 - 10 December 2004) 
  • Mary Eugenia McDonald (22 January 1922 - 09 April 1998)
The Selker siblings are the children of Leopold George Selker, Sr. and Katherine V. Hartle.
  • Leopold George Selker Jr. (28 July 1918 - 27 June 1973
  • Helen Lucille Selker (25 August 1920 - 14 June 1941)
The photo was found in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. The back of the photograph was labeled with the children's names. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Mary Eugenia McDonald is my paternal grandmother. Her sister Frances Winifred McDonald is my great aunt. Leopold George Selker, Jr, and Helen Lucille Selker are my 1st cousins 2x removed.  Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are out common great grandparents. They are my 2nd great grandparents and grandparents to all of the children in this photograph.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The McDonald Siblings

The children of Loraine Anthony McDonald and Frances Philomena Selker photographed outside of 422 E 19th St in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania in the 1940's. Note young William is wearing an Army jacket that may have belonged to a family friend.
  Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; The McDonald Siblings
The McDonald Siblings
Back L-R: Katherine Joan McDonald, Frances Winifred McDonald, Rose Marie McDonald  
Front L-R: Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald, William Loraine McDonald, Madelyn Ann McDonald

The photo was found in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

The McDonald siblings are my great aunts and great uncle. They are the siblings of my paternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Loraine Anthony McDonald & Frances Philomena Selker - 35th Wedding Anniversary

Loraine Anthony McDonald & Frances Philomena Selker celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary on June 10, 1954. Their children planned a celebration for the couple. A small album of photographs taken of the couple and their adult children was included in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection.

Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 35th Wedding Anniversary
Loraine Anthony McDonald & Frances Philomena Selker

Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 35th Wedding Anniversary
Loraine Anthony McDonald & Frances Philomena Selker with their daughters
Back L-R: Eleanor Lucille McDonald, Rose Marie McDonald, Mary Eugina McDonald, Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald & Madelyn Ann McDonald
Front L-R: Frances Winifred McDonald, Frances Philomena Selker, Loraine Anthony McDonald and Kathryn Joan McDonald
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 35th Wedding Anniversary
Loraine Anthony McDonald & Frances Philomena Selker
  L-R: William Loraine McDonald, Loraine Anthony McDonald, 
Frances Philomena Selker, Madelyn Ann McDonald
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 35th Wedding Anniversary
The Guests of Honor 
L-R: Frances Winifred McDonald, Frances Philomena Selker & Loraine Anthony McDonald
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 35th Wedding Anniversary
Cutting the Cake
Frances Philomena Selker & Loraine Anthony McDonald
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 35th Wedding Anniversary
Party Guests
L-R: Eleanor Lucille McDonaldDorothy Elizabeth McDonald, Madelyn Ann McDonald, 
William Loraine McDonald (drinking from glass)
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 35th Wedding Anniversary
Party Guests
L-R: Richard Herbstritt, Rose Marie McDonald, Eleanor Lucille McDonald, John Barr
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 35th Wedding Anniversary
Party Guests
L-R: Arthur Murosky, Mary Eugina McDonald, Anthony Fromknect & Frances Winifred McDonald
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 35th Wedding Anniversary
Party Guests
L-R: Eleanor Lucille McDonald, Kathryn Joan McDonald, John Barr, 
Richard Herbstritt & Rose Marie McDonald 
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 35th Wedding Anniversary
Party Guests
L-R: Unknown, Unknown, Loraine Anthony McDonald, Frances Philomena Selker, 
John Barr, Kathryn Joan McDonald and Madelyn Ann McDonald. 

The photo was found in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky. The photo was found in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Loraine Anthony McDonald and Frances Philomena Selker are my great grandparents. They are the parents of my paternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Family Photos: July 1945 Murosky Family Gathering

After posting the first set of photographs from the 1940's Murosky Family Gathering I realized there were more photographs from the same event. The other photographs included a date - July 1945. It appears that everyone gathered together for a garden party. There are several photographs of the group playing cards. Note the men are wearing long shirts and ties - the ladies wearing tight fitting dresses.

 A few of the photographs also included some names. The additional photographs also show addition party guests. Some of the individuals are currently unknown. This gathering may have been a mix of family and close friends. This series of  photographs was likely taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. The Murosky siblings are the children of Anthony Murosky Sr. and Eva Zielinski.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1945 Murosky Family Gathering
Cousin Jay - July 1945. 
Last name is currently unknown. 
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1945 Murosky Family Gathering
Uncle Frank and Lillian - July 1945. 
Both are currently unknown. 
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1945 Murosky Family Gathering
The group was playing cards around a table in the garden. 
(L-R) Unknown man with shirt sleeves rolled up, Ester Murosky,
Anthony Harry Murosky Jr. wearing a tie, unknown man, unknown woman, unknown woman wearing apron, man labeled as Uncle Frank in above photograph.  
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1945 Murosky Family Gathering
The group was playing cards around a table in the garden. 
(L-R) Unknown woman, Anthony Harry Murosky Jr. wearing a tie, unknown man, unknown woman, unknown woman wearing apron, man labeled as Uncle Frank in above photograph
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1945 Murosky Family Gathering
"Lillian" per above photograph.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1945 Murosky Family Gathering
The group was playing cards around a table in the garden. 
(L-R) Anthony Harry Murosky Jr. wearing a tie and unknown man. 
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1945 Murosky Family Gathering
The group was playing cards around a table in the garden. 
(L-R) Anthony Harry Murosky Jr. wearing a tie, unknown man, unknown woman, unknown woman wearing apron, Margaret Murosky wearing floral pattered dress,
man labeled as Uncle Frank in above photograph,
and unknown man with short sleeves drinking from a glass. 
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1945 Murosky Family Gathering
The group was playing cards around a table in the garden. 
(L-R) Unknown woman wearing apron, Anthony Harry Murosky Jr. on the left horsing around with unknown men. Man labeled as Uncle Frank in above photograph standing behind Esther Murosky. 

Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1940's Murosky Family Gathering
Murosky Siblings 
Margaret Murosky, Anthony Harry Murosky Jr. and Esther Murosky
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1940's Murosky Family Gathering
Murosky Siblings with their spouses
Back: Anthony Harry Murosky Jr., Margaret Murosky, possibly Valentine Bartoszek (Margaret's second husband), possibly  Harry E. Sell (Esther's husband) man labeled as "Frank" in above photograph
Front: Possibly Charles Murosky, Esther Murosky

Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1940's Murosky Family Gathering
Husbands and Brothers
Left to Right: possibly Charles Murosky, possibly Valentine Bartoszek (Margaret's second husband), possibly  Harry E. Sell (Esther's husband) man labeled as "Frank" in above photograph, Anthony Harry Murosky Jr.


Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1940's Murosky Family Gathering
Margaret Murosky
From the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. is my great grandfather. He is the father of Arthur Murosky my paternal grandfather. Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr.'s siblings would be my 2nd great aunts and 2nd great uncles. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tintype Photo: Guth Family Portrait (1884 - 1886)

This Guth family portrait is a tintype photograph and is one of the oldest photographs in the collection. It was previously believed there were few photographs available from this side of the family. This tintype and several others were located earlier this year in the photo collection of Frances Philomena Selker. It is simply remarkable these photographs have survived and that they are approximately 130 years old!

After locating the tintypes I engaged Gary Clark from PhotoTree.com to assist me. Gary is an expert in dating old photographs - tintypes being one of his specialties. He is estimated that the photograph was likely taken between 1884 and 1886. The studio props and background were typical for photographs taken in the mid 1880's. The ladies Victorian dress style with many button dates to the mid 1880's. The clothing of the man is typical for this era. His professional opinion was that this photograph was a family portrait of a mother with a daughter and a son.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Guth Collection &emdash; Guth Family Portrait
Original Tintype photograph with digital restoration
Armed with Gary's notes I went to work to estimate who the people were in this photograph. The original tin type is very dark. When I first lightened up the digital image it was very clear these people were related to my family. My paternal grandmother, Mary Eugina McDonald, bears a striking resemblance to the woman on the left. At this point I had a strong feeling this woman on the left was Frances Philomena Guth - her grandmother. The dates checked out and the woman resembled another photograph of Frances Philomea Guth that is from the mid 1890's. To view that photograph visit the blog post  Family Photo: Frances Philomena Guth and Joseph William Selker. There are some other photographs of Frances Philomena Guth's brothers at Ancestry.com. The man in the photograph has similar features and a similar face shape to photographs of her brothers.

The ladies in the portrait are believed to be Frances Philomena Guth (L) with her mother Theresa Loll (R). The man is likely a brother of Frances Philomena Guth. She had several brothers so this could be Joseph Guth, John Guth or George Guth. Frances Philomena Guth would have been between 21 and 23 in this photograph. Her mother Theresa Loll would have been between 49 and 51 in this photograph.

The family was one of the prominent families in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania in the late 1800’s. Leopold Guth owned his own jewelry and watch making business. The family’s prominence is demonstrated by the clothing the ladies are wearing and because they could afford to have their photograph taken. Some other details are also present - Frances Philomena Guth is wearing a large ring. Theresa Loll has a large broach at the top of her dress.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Guth Collection &emdash; Guth Family Portrait
The large ring Frances Philomena Guth is wearing.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Guth Collection &emdash; Guth Family Portrait
Theresa Loll is wearing a large broach in addition to the large cross necklace. She likely blinked while the photograph was being taken giving her eyes a ghost like appearance.
Tintype photographs have a unique mirror-like finish. This particular tintype was hand tinted to add color to the faces. The surface of the original contains many scratches. Some of the damage was able to be removed during the digital restoration process. Due the amount of damage some of the scratches were unable to be corrected and can be observed in the whitish looking appearance on the photograph. The full black and white version below showcases some of the additional details.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Guth Collection &emdash; Guth Family Portrait
Black and white version of the Tintype Photograph
This tin type and several others were included in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Frances Philomena Guth appears to have ended up with these photographs. She passed the photographs down to her daughter Frances Philomena Selker. Frances' daughter Mary Eugina 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.

Theresa Loll is my 3rd great-grandmother. She is the mother of Frances Philomena Guth, my 2nd great-grandmother, Frances Philomena Guth was the grandmother of Mary Eugenia McDonald my paternal grandmother.