Those of you who were lucky enough to have met Martha (Knap) Jucha know what a wonderful woman she was. Although my memory of her is very fuzzy because of how young I was when she died, I feel like I know her well from all the stories my mom has shared about her. By all appearances, she was an incredibly caring, kind, and understanding mother/grandmother, so a few years ago when I discovered she had a sister (Julia) that lived near her for many years, I was shocked when my mom said the only time she remembered her grandmother talking about her sister was when Julia died. That seemed at odds with the person I’ve come to know, how could such a wonderful woman NOT be close with (what I mistakenly assumed was) her only sister?
It was time to take a trip down the rabbit hole to see if I could find some answers. Read more
I have high ambitions for this website, yet life keeps getting in the way. 🙂 I just wanted to take a minute to Read more
I’m SUPER excited to announce that as of today, my “Home Movies” page is now live! I’m extremely proud to be able to share these videos with you, as it’s been quite the work-in-progress!
**Please note – I’ve triple-checked each video to ensure it works across multiple browsers and even on mobile devices. The videos are all there, but depending on your computer/internet speed they may need extra time to load/buffer. Now, on to the details… Read more
I know, I know… Over a year, really? In my defense, I did mention that it was a lot of work to keep a website up! Unfortunately I was on somewhat of a forced hiatus… Read more
Boy – keeping up with a website is a lot more work than I thought it would be! I just wanted to let everyone know that I haven’t abandoned the site, I just haven’t had time to post because my research lately has been all over the board! I’ve been working on Read more
Well, it’s been a lot longer than I’d hoped since I’ve updated this blog. Honestly, I had a great idea for a post and as I started working on it I realized I had enough details that I could turn it into a novel. So I’ve been working on that, as well as on tracing other Serwanski relatives that came and settled in the US in the early 1900’s. Unfortunately I’ve discovered that I’m pretty spoiled when it comes to accessing records in Cook County, IL as opposed to almost everywhere else. The Serwanski’s first settled in New York, and those records are not readily available for the time frame I’m looking in.