In 2017, there was a challenge. I heard about it from jillballau blog and more information can be found out about it on the A-Z Blogging Challenge (which was at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/) page itself. However, as I was testing links I found the A-Z Blogging Challenge link is no longer working *frown*
Many people had done this challenge in April 2017, but I’m a rebel and do things when I have time, so I’ll do mine now. I’ve been working on it over many days, and was hoping to get it all done before posting BUT it’s taking me a lot longer than I expected. I’ll do a few posts now and work on the rest.
I know I have about ½ of this challenge done in draft format, so not too bad.
What can I say – I’m an original. So, here I go…
The letter M is for Malkinia Gora, Poland & Minnesota!
Malkinia Gora, Poland
This is the last place of residence of my grandmother and great grandmother in Poland. I know this because on their ship manifest they've put it down.
|1920 Ship Manifest from Ellis Island website. You can clearly see Malkin (which is the area of Poland I was talking about) and New Jeresy.|
Also, I can further say they were in this area because my great grandmother's sister was married in the area just before my grandmother and great grandmother left Poland for good.
|My paternal great aunt's marriage certificate in 1919.|
They left Malkinia Gora and walked/train/caught wagon rides to Danzig and left from there. With the way things were during this time, they had very little food, due to World War 1 just ending, and the Russians making their way towards Warsaw in fighting all around them. I can only imagine what it was like to get from where they were up to the port.
|This Google Earth image shows where the fighting was during the time my grandmother and great grandmother were trying to leave Poland before Warsaw fell.|
St Paul, Minnesota
This is where my maternal great grandparents married in the late 1890s.
What makes this so interesting, is no one in the family picked it up until I was able to get first my great grandfather's immigration paperwork. Then when I was given my great grandparents and 2x great grandfather's immigration paperwork it was written in there.
|Taken from Annie Gauquie's naturalization paperwork I got from NY Orange County Registrar. Shows where they got married.|
Then I went in search of the wedding certificate itself. It took some time but eventually I was able to find it.
|My great grandparent's wedding certificate from Minnesota. Taken from FamilySearch.org Minnesota, County marriages area.|
What was even more touching was what was said to be inscribed on it.
For all the doubt I had about my great grandfather, at least at one point it sounds like my great grandmother did love him.