28 June 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Harry J. Frantel (1915 - 2001)


Harry J. Frantel
May 10 1915
Sept. 1 2001
WWII Veteran
Harry J. Frantel was the oldest son of Leo J. Frantel and Antonia Prochazka Capek Frantel. He was born in New York and he passed away in Sebastian Florida. He now rests in Woodlawn Cemetery near his parents.

Source: Harry J. Frantel gravestone, Section Y, Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira (Chemung County), New York; personally read and photographed by author on 26 Jun 2010.

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

25 June 2011

Census Saturday - 1930 U.S. Federal Census - Rienerth Household

My favorite records since I started my pursuits in genealogy have been census records. It is exciting to see your ancestors' names in these records and it is like looking at a snapshot of their lives with all the information it includes. I am starting this series on my blog to keep a record my family's census entries.

The 1930 United States Federal Cense finds my great-grandparents George and Regina (Konnerth) Rienerth living in Boardman Township in Mahoning County, Ohio. They had all of their children living with them at this point and were most likely living in the house that my great-grandfather built himself. He was listed as being a self-employed brick layer. His oldest daughter, Hilda, was still living at home and working as a teacher at a grade school. His oldest son was also working as a laborer at the steel mill. His youngest 3 boys (including my grandfather) were attending school.

1930 US Federal Census - George Rienerth household
 
Department of Commerce - Bureau of the Census
Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930
Population Schedule
State: Ohio
County: Mahoning
Township or other division of county: Boardman twp (part)
Enumeration District No. 50-100
Supervisor's District No. 10
Enumerated by me on May 5, 1930 Stephen A Burl, Enumerator.
Street, avenue, road, etc: McClurg Rd.
House Number: [blank]
Number of dwelling house in order of visitation: 858
Number of family in order of visitation: 889
Lines 24-30
24) George Rienerth, Head, Owns home valued at $3,500, Radio set, not a farm, male, white age 46,  married, 23y old at time of first marriage, did not attend school within year, able to read and write, born in Austria, father born in Austria, mother born in Austria, language before coming to the U.S. was German, immigrated in 1903, naturalized citizen, able to speak English, occupation was brick layer in the industry of contracting building, E[mployer], actually at work, did not serve in US armed forces.
25) Regina Rienerth, Wife of head, female, white, age 44, male, 21 years at time of first marriage, did not attend school within year, able to read and write, born in Austria, father born in Austria, mother born in Austria, language before coming to the U.S. was German, immigrated in 1905, naturalized citizen, occupation none.
26) Hilda Rienerth, daughter, female, white, age 21, single, did not attend school within the year, able to read and write, born in Ohio, father born in Austria, mother born in Austria, able to speak English, occupation teacher in grade school, W[age earner], actually at work.
27) Karl Rienerth, son, male, white, age 19, single, did not attend school within the year, able to read and write, born in Ohio, father born in Austria, mother born in Austria, able to speak English, occupation labor in steel mill, W[age earner], actually at work, did not serve U.S. armed forces.
28) Herman Rienerth, son, male, white, age 17, single, attended school within the year, able to read and write, born in Ohio, father born in Austria, mother born in Austria, occupation none.
29) Paul Rienerth, son, male, white, age 15, single, attended school within the year, able to read and write, born in Ohio, father born in Austria, mother born in Austria, occupation none.
30) George Rienerth Jr, son, male, white, age 13, single, attended school within the year, able to read and write, born in Ohio, father born in Austria, mother born in Austria, occupation none.
Source: 1930 United States Federal Census, Mahoning County, Ohio, population schedule, Boardman Township (part), Enumeration District 100, p. 36A, dwelling, 858, family 889, George Rienerth household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Oct 2009); from National Archives microfilm publication T626, roll 1841.

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

22 June 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Hetrick Sisters

Ruth Ertzinger, Arlene Rienerth, Herman Rienerth
This photo is of Ruth (Hetrick) Ertzinger, Arlene (Hetrick) Rienerth, and Herman Rienerth. They are in Tucson, Arizona most likely at the home of Herman and Arlene Rienerth. The photo was most likely taken sometime in the early 1970's.

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

14 June 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Leo Frantel (1883-1943)


Father
Leo Frantel
1883-1943 

Leo Frantel, 1883-1943, was the second husband of Antonia Prochazka Capek. They were married about 1914 in an unknown location, although it is probable that it was in New York. After her first husband and youngest daughter died in New York City, she moved to Elmira with Leo. It is presumed that she married him in New York City, although I have not verified this. They had two children from this marriage. They rest together in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York.

Source: Leo Frantel gravestone, Sec. Y, Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira (Chemung County), New York; personally read and photographed by the author on 26 Jun 2010.

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

11 June 2011

The Elusive Second Marriage - Follow Up

A few weeks ago, I posted about a second marriage involving my grandmother and a mystery man. I ordered the marriage certificate online from the Clark County, Nevada Recorder's office and it arrived rather quickly.

Unfortunately, it did not have that much information on it and it kind of got lost in the shuffle since I received several information laden documents from the Family History Library the next day. Basically, I got distracted.

I did sent out an email with a copy of the scanned image to my aunts and uncles speculating that this could be the correct person, but that I couldn't know for sure. I was rewarded with several emails of confirmation that this was the right guy. The name seem to have triggered some memories because there were stories I had never heard before. They were not good ones either. I seem to have opened up a can of worms.

I guess this is the risk we take when we do more recent research. Bad feelings were brought forth that had been buried for awhile. One of my relatives asked that we just forget he ever existed. Unfortunately, I can't do that being the way that I am, however, I can just enter the facts of the record and move on. I don't have a lot of curiosity at this point about where this man ended up  and what happened with him, and I certainly don't feel a need to dredge up awful memories for my family out of respect for them. I think for the time being, I will let this fact just remain what it is ... a fact only.

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

10 June 2011

Marriage Record of Joseph Capek and Antonie Procházka

Joseph Capek, date unknown but prior to 1908
I received a marriage record from the Family History Library that turned out to be a treasure trove of information. The family is on my husband's side and is Czechoslovakian. My mother-in-law knew they came from Bohemia, but that is about all she knew of the origins of her grandmother. Her biological grandfather passed away when her mother was a small girl, so she grew up knowing the second husband as her grandfather.

This is one of those cases where it pays to get a copy of the actual record. It was indexed simply with names, parents' names, and the date of marriage. But as you can see, there is SO much more on this one record. I did not find anything stating that I could not post an image of the certificate on my blog, but if anyone knows differently please tell me so that I'm not violating any copyright laws.
Capek-Prochazka Marriage Record, 1901
Transcription:

City of New York.                                                                                         
No. of Certificate, 16063
STATE OF NEW YORK
[Stamp] Bureau of Records Received Sep 25 1901 Borough of Ma[nhattan]

I Hereby Certify that Joseph Čapek and Antonie Procházka were joined in Marriage by me in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, in the City of New York, this twenty first day of September 1901.

Witnesses to the Marriage, Václar Fous, Jan Procházka. Signature of person performing the ceremony: Wenceslaus Supik.

Date of Marriage. September 21st 19[image cut off]
Groom's Full Name. Joseph Čapek
Residence. 424 E 75 St
Age. 26 years
Color. White
Single or Widowed. Single
Birthplace. Dolní Krupá in Boh. [Czech Republic]
Father's Name. John Čapek
Mother's Maiden Name. Frances Bemák
Number of Groom's Marriage. First
Bride's Full Name. Antonie Procházka
Residence. 422 E. 75 St
Age. 26
Color. White
Single or Widowed. Single
Maiden Name, if a Widow. ---
Birthplace. Hrabĕšín Bohemia [Czech Republic]
Father's Name. Joseph Procházka
Mother's Maiden Name. Marie Čerinak
Number of Bride's Marriage. Frist [sic]
Name of Person performing Ceremony. Wenceslaus Supik csm
Official Station. Catholic Priest
Residence. 323 E. 61 St
Date of [rest cut off]

[Page Two - back of form]
We, the Groom and Bride named in this Certificate, hereby certify, that the informaton given therein is correct, to the best of our knowledge and belief.
[Signature] Josef Čapek Groom,
[Signature] Tony Procháska Bride.
Signed in the presence of Vaclar Fous and J Prochaska [difficult to read]


Not only did we find more exact birthplaces for each of them, but we have parents' names (one was incorrectly indexed) and where they lived when they got married, which by the addresses it appears they were neighbors!

Page Two of this record (the back) has their signatures as well as the signatures of the witnesses. My mother-in-law was always under the impression that her grandmother had traveled to this country as an orphan and that she didn't know anyone here, but if you look at the witnesses to the marriage, one of them has the same last name as her!
I looked up the Catholic Priest who performed the marriage, Wencelaus Supik, as I thought this was an unusual name. I searched Ancestry.com and managed to find a photo posted of him at an age that was close to 31 when he performed the marriage. It makes it more personal to know what the priest looked like who performed the ceremony.

My mother-in-law was very excited by all of this information as was I!! It has been one of the most exciting records I've found, although I am certainly not a seasoned researcher, so I'm hoping for many more like this in the future!

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

07 June 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Great-Grandparents

My daughter standing with her great-grandparents' grave
Being a stay at home mom means that my 3 year old pretty much goes with me everywhere... including cemeteries. I have to say she is a pretty good sport about it (we call them adventures or "abentures" in her words), but she is one of those children that is just happy to be wherever she is, especially when she is with her family. She insists on posing with grave markers in every cemetery we frequent (and we go to a lot of them). I hope this doesn't freak her out when she's old enough to look back and understand what that grave marker means. 

Here she is standing with her great-grandparents, Ezra Canfield & Rose Ann Barrows in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

Barrows
Rose A.
1902-2005
~
Ezra C.
1898-1987

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011