Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Book Led to a Cousin Connection

A Book.
 In 2011 my years of research on my paternal grandmother’s Mark family became a book, ‘The Mark Family Story: The Story of the Mark and Other Related Families’.

A Library.
I published the story of this family branch because I wanted to share it with my family, both the family I know and scattered family members I have yet to meet. In order to reach out to unknown family members I donated copies of my book to Pennsylvania & Ohio libraries where I had done research and where our family had lived. I have wondered how often those books are taken off the shelves and read.

A Cousin.
Last month I got a message from Troy Book Makers, the publisher of my book. They told me someone wanted copies of my book but they no longer had any. They gave me the phone number of my second cousin, once removed. I was very happy to give Melvin a call. It turns out we had met several years ago at a family gathering in Ohio. He recently decided to research his Mark family roots. We went to the Wayne County, OH library, a small friendly library with a terrific genealogy section, and began his research. After a couple trips to the library he wondered if there could be a book published about the family. He went to the shelves and found my book.

A Connection.

As is turned out, my husband and I were about to visit Ohio for a family wedding. Melvin,
my husband & I met up at a Bob Evans Restaurant for iced tea, pie & conversation. We had a delightful time reconnecting and I was able to hand over the copies of my book in person. He hopes to extend my research further back in time. We both hope to stay in touch and share future discoveries.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Census Sunday; Nathaniel & Helen Gardner

These are my maternal grandparents with
 my mother c 1930. All three were born in 
New York City where they lived till 1940 when they moved to Germantown, NY where they remained.

Remember to look for state census reports, often done between the federal censuses. They can fill in family history blank years.

1925 NY State Census; AD2, ED 56, p 51; New York State Library, Albany NY; Nat Gardner at 217 Mt Eden Ave., Bronx.

Nat Gardner, age 41, born in US, Telegrapher
Helen Gardner, age 26, born in US, Telegrapher

1930 US Census, NY, Bronx; ED 3-400, SD 26, Sheet 14B; Ancestry.com; Nathaniel Gardner on Plymouth Avenue.

Nathaniel Gardner, 47 b NY; telegraph operator
Helen F. Gardner, 30 b NY
Joy Gardner, daughter, 2 b NY

1940 US Census, NY, Bronx; SD 24, ED 3-814, Sheet 11B; Ancestry.com; Nathan Gardner at 2856 East 197th Street.

Nathan Gardner, 57 b NYC, married; rents home $37.00/month; Telegrapher; works 46 hours weekly; W U Tel Co; Income $1,800
Helen Gardner, wife; 42; b. NYC, NYS
Joy Gardner, daughter, 11, at school, b NYC, NYS

Friday, May 15, 2015

Funeral Card Friday: Madeline L Coyle

Madeline L Herbst Coyle

Daughter of Conrad Herbst & Rosa Hahn
Wife of James J Coyle
b 10 November 1892 CT
d 22 September 1948 CT

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers' Day!

My mother, Alberta Joy Gardner Brown
My Paternal Grandmother, Ivy Regina Mark Brown
My Maternal grandmother, 'Nana', Helen Francis Coyle Gardner

Happy Mothers' Day!

This is my first Mothers' Day as a grandmother. I had three wonderful examples on how to be a loving grandmother. I hope I carry on the tradition of unconditional love, unwavering support & encouragement of dreams that was given to my brothers & me as we grew up. 

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wedding Anniversary

9 May 1921
My Maternal Grandparents

They were born, met & married in New York City. They met when they both worked for the Western Union Telegraph Company. The photo, above, was taken c 1920 when they were boating at Central Park. I love the way my Nana is holding Nat's hat on her lap. He has taken off his jacket but is still wearing his vest & tie for rowing in the park.

There are no wedding photos for my grandparents. The ceremony was held in City Hall. Because of the religious differences, the families were against their marriage so there was no family celebration. It took years and the birth of my mother before they were able to reconnect with their families.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Taking Time to Locate a Tombstone

Recently my husband & I drove from our home in the Albany, NY area to a family wedding
near Columbus, OH. Most of our route was west on Interstate 90 through the Mohawk Valley region, past the Finger Lakes and on to western New York before a brief drive through Pennsylvania and into Ohio. While we made our plans for the wedding I did a little genealogy research, naturally!

LeopoldGartner/Gardner, my great grandfather, lived his final years in Buffalo, NY. He lived with his daughter, Florence Gartner Weisberg/Weissberg. I had discovered where he was buried but had never visited his grave. Because we were going to be driving through Buffalo I thought a quick stop was in order.

I found North Park Cemetery on Find A Grave but, as I often find with Find A Grave, there was no street address. I found the website for the JewishFederation for Greater Buffalo, found their community directory and called the number for cemetery information. The woman I spoke to quickly and efficiently gave me the street address and advice on where to park. She also gave me the location of the graves of Leopold, his daughter Florence, and her husband Samuel. I was nervous that it might not be as easy as it sounded and that we would be delayed on our long drive to Ohio. However, it went smoothly.

Ironically, for three years my husband & I had lived just a few miles from the cemetery. At that time I had not begun genealogy research and had no idea my great grandfather was close by.

We easily found Leopold, Florence & Samuel. I snapped more pictures than necessary, took a moment for prayer and we were soon on our way again. When we arrived at the hotel and greeted cousins no one was surprised at all that we had stopped off to do genealogy along the way!

[Later I added my photos & information to Find A Grave. They are now the only interments listed for that cemetery.] 

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Obituary: James J Coyle, Retired Teacher

J. J. Coyle, Retired School Teacher, Dies

James J. Coyle, Bracewood Rd, manual training teacher at Washington school for 31 years, died at St. Mary’s Hospital last night after a long illness. Born in Waterbury, he was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret (Brady) Coyle. He had been retired for the past five years. Mr. Coyle was a communicant of SS Peter and Paul Church. He is survived by five sons, Robert J., John J., both of New Haven; James J., Jr., of Detroit, and Rev. Joseph J Coyle, SVD of Techny, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Richard S. Wolff, Woodcliff Lake, NJ and Miss Madeline M Coyle, Springfield, Ill; two brothers, Thomas and William, both of Los Angeles, Cal., two sisters, Miss Margaret E Coyle and Mrs. William Cass, both of Waterbury, and 13 grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Monday at 8:15 from the Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St., to SS Peter and Paul Church at 9 when a high Mass will be celebrated by his son. Burial will be M Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the  funeral home tomorrow from 7 to 10 p. m. and Sunday from 2 to 10 p. m.

Waterbury Republican. Obituary – 10/14/1955, pg. 3

Thanks to The Silas Bronson Library for scanning & emailing this obituary to me!