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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday; Marriage Certificate Nancy Ames Hansen and Charles Worthing

Groom: Charles E. Worthing
Groom's Age: 52
Groom's Estimated Birth Year: 1863
Groom's Birth Date: 1863
Groom's Birthplace: Birds Run, Guernsey, Ohio
Bride: Nancy Hanson
Bride's Age: 36
Bride's Estimated Birth Year: 1879
Bride's Birth Date: 1883
Bride's Birthplace: Milton, Rock, Wisconsin
Marriage Type: Marriage
Marriage Date: 28 Sep 1915
Marriage Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Digital Film Number: 4272436
Image Number: 295
Reference Number: 708756
Collection: Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Charles Fermazin Church Records 1861 Neidenburg East Prussia

O n LDS film # 72445 it shows the Baptismal record of my great grandfather Charles Fermazin as born in Neidenburg, Pomern to Daniel Fermazin. Here is a copy of the record

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: Marriage of Robert August Fermazin and Mary Catherine Linden

Add to GoogleI searched for many years to find this marriage license.

Groom: Robt. Fermagim FERMAZIN
Groom's Age: 26
Groom's Estimated Birth Year: 1887
Groom's Birth Date: 1887
Groom's Birthplace: Of Aurora, Kane, Illinois
Bride: Mary Linden
Bride's Age: 24
Bride's Estimated Birth Year: 1889
Bride's Birth Date: 1889
Bride's Birthplace: Of Aurora, Kane, Illinois
Marriage Type: Marriage
Marriage Date: 28 Mar 1913
Marriage Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, Usa
Film Number: 1030542
Digital Film Number: 4280608
Image Number: 1269
Reference Number: 623428
Collection: Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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GSNOCC Meeting on Wednesday 21 July, Features Randy Seaver

The July meeting of the Genealogical Society of North Orange County  is Wednesday July 21, 2010. The meeting is at  the Community Center of Yorba Linda at the corner of Imperial Highway and Casa Loma (the west side of the building) Imperial Room A, in Yorba Linda, California. 

The program includes:

* 6:15 PM Beginning Genealogy
* 7:00 PM Short Business Meeting

* 7:15 PM: Speaker Randy Seaver:  Finding Your Elusive Ancestor: Doing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search

Are you familiar with the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)?  The first element of the GPS is "to do a reasonably exhaustive search". In this presentation, Randy Seaver will explain the GPS, take a whirlwind tour through traditional and online resources that should be included in a search, discuss his favorite search strategies and techniques, and introduce several Case Studies of his still elusive ancestors.

* 8:30 PM:  Refreshments Ice Cream Social  Old Fashion Ice Cream Sundae/Banana Splits

Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan, a graduate of San Diego State University in Aerospace Engineering, and a retired aerodynamics engineer with a 38-year career at Rohr/Goodrich in Chula Vista. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French, and Dutch forbears, and several 19th-century English immigrants

Randy's activities include serving the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (former President, currently Newsletter Editor and Research Chairman), speaking occasionally to Southern California Genealogical societies, libraries, groups, teaching Beginning Genealogy seminar adult classes at OASIS and writing Genealogy 2.0 column for the FGS's Forum Magazine. He is also a member of NGS, NEHGS, SDGS and CGSSD, and blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings ( The Geneaholic (, and the Chula Vista Genealogical Cage (

John Linden

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John Linden Wedding Picture
This was my orphan picture.  My mom identified it as her mother-in-law's brother John.  John Linden was born 26 June 1888. He was the second John in this family.  This is my great uncle John Linden

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Write A Genealogy Clerihew

Randy Seaver of Genea~Musings says our mission tonight is: Should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Write a Genealogy Clerihew (and what is a "clerihew" you ask? See Jim Smith's post today for more details and his clerihew (briefly, a clerihew is a four-line irregular poem or verse that follows an AABBrhyme scheme. It is named for the birthday of Edmund Clerihew Bentley the inventor, aka writer, aka poet."). If you're feeling especially creative, write two or more!  from the Randy Seaver Web page at

Here are my Clerihews:

For my Fermazin family, I looked and looked
And on genealogy I was hooked
At last I found them in the census
But not in Texas

~ ~ ~
Friedrich Formazin, widower of Renarzewo,
Age 31, an einwohner went off to Arnoldowo
Where he met and married Justine Brauer
Daughter of a mailman who saved the hour

I am not sure if this is a Clerihew but my readers will tell me. Atleast I  hope they will.

What Do I Meme

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* Hardware: iMac, Intel Core I7, 2.8 GHz, RAM 8 GB, 256 KB cache per core, 2 TB,; Sony Laptop 2.4 GHz,  RAM 4 GB, 300  GB, KB cache 500;
* External storage: 2 TB EHD, 1.5 TB EHD, 1 TB Time Machine Backup, Multiple portable EHDs, I need lots of EHD for Digital scrapbooking and Genealogy etc.
Online storage: DropBox (free)
* Backup: Drop Box, Time Machine, Carbonite
* Printer: Epson RX 680 All In One (printer, copier, scanner) and Epson R 1800 photo scrapbook printer
* Phone:  LG
* E-mail: Gmail  and Roadrunner
* Mobile device: LG
* Mobile media: I Pod Touch 32 GB, Mobile me
* eBook Reader: Nook
* Browser: Safari and Mozilla
* Calendar: Google Calendar
* RSS: reader is Google Reader, burner is Feedburner
* Text editor:  Microsoft Office Word 2008 and Pages* Graphics: Picasa, Photoshop Elements, Memory Mixer
* Screen capture: Snipping Tool
* Social media: Facebook and Twitter
* Accounting: Excel
* Firewall: Windows Firewall on my laptop
* Virus protection: Norton on my laptop
* Spyware: MalwareBytes
* Genealogy database: Reunion for the Mac (Don’t like it, Waiting for Family Tree Maker for the Mac) RootsMagic 4  and Legacy
* Genealogy tools: Geneabloggers, Microsoft OneNote (organize ideas, create lists, brainstorm)
* PDF generator: Microsoft Word 2007
* Music player: iTunes
* Car audio:  Radio and CD player
* Other tech stuff: Um…nothing noteworthy that I can think of here

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: Charles Daniel Fermazin

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Charles Fermazin Family 1913

This was a picture taken on the day of the funeral of Charles Fermazin (1859-1913).
The house was turned into a boarding house to support the family with Minnie running it.

I received this picture from my dad's Aunt Charlotte Stuber. I appreciated that she labeled the photo for me.  Charlotte said that each of the 7 children of Charles Fermazin received a copy of this photo at the time it was taken.
Bottom Row: Roy was my grandfather. His full name was Robert August Fermazin. Nickname: Roy.
Grandpa was handsome. This was taken the year before he married my Grandma, Mary Linden. They eloped to Chicago. I think because he was Lutheran and she was Catholic.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Scrapbooking Family History

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In 2008, I made a FERMAZIN family scrapbook for my grandson, Peter, my sister, Mary, and my cousin Karen and, of course, myself. I'd like to share some of those pictures with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making the book. In my post I have tried to remember some of the stories and vignettes that accompany the pictures. I love scrapbooking especially hybrid and digital. My first family scrapbook was all digital, but since then I have been doing mostly hybrid scrapbooking. I dedicate these pages to my mom, Grace Lorraine Worthing Fermazin (1917-2001).

Left: Mom and Dad [Robert Fermazin 1916-2005 and Grace Worthing Fermazin 1917-2001]; Karen Lambert and Nancy about 1946; Mom, Dad, Nancy Fermazin in front of Grandma and Grandpa's house about 1945.

The map is one I made of Posen, Prussia where my 
great-great-grandfather, Friedrich Fermazin, lived before coming to the USA. 

Schubin, Posen, Prussia.

Picture of present day Bydgoszcz, Szubin, Poland. When my ancestors lived there it was Prussia and they lived in Kreis Schubin and Kreis Wongrowitz. Some of my ancestor villages were: Bagno, Rynarzewo, Labischin, and  Kwieciszewo in addition to other villages.

This  is a picture of the Charles Fermazin Family on June 13, 1913 when my great-grandpa died. Taken at front of house on Claim and Liberty Streets, Aurora, Illinois. Those are his seven children and wife Minnie Pluecker Fermazin. Next to the photo is a pedigree chart I made from Family Tree Maker charts. I think this is my favorite scrapbook page. When you enlarge the picture by clicking on it you can see the details. 

Back row: Roy, Carl, Jean, Harry; Top row: Irene, Lottie, Minnie, Bill Fermazin.

Fermazin Family Tree starting with my dad, Robert Fermazin and including Fermazin; Linden; Waggoner; Pluecker; Herbold; Pott, Bivier.

This is a page I made with a Family Group Sheet and a census sheet of the Friedrich Fermazin Family.
Above: Page layout Oral History of Fermazin Family.  

I wrote a poem about my  FERMAZIN Family History and it was published in Everton's magazine in December 2008. I have also placed the entire poem on my blog. 

Pictured are Robert (Roy) August Fermazin, son of Charles Fermazin and grandson of Friedrich Fermazin and his wife, my grandmother, Mary Linden. I loved my Grandma and Grandpa and miss them terribly. We moved to California when I was a senior in high school in 1959.  Grandma and Grandpa came every year to visit. Grandpa died in 1960 and Grandma died in 1968.  Grandpa had the largest coin collection in the state of Illinois and founded the Aurora Coin Club.  Grandma was a seamstress (made my cheerleading outfits), a gourmet cook, a famous flower gardener with pictures of her flowers in the Aurora Beacon News society page every Spring with the headlines: " We know it's Spring when Mary Fermazin's flowers are in Bloom." Her flowers adorned St. Therese Catholic Church and Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Aurora for many years at Sunday Mass throughout the spring and summer. She was famous for her peonies, lilacs, and roses. Grandpa made birdhouses for the yard. He was an electrician, a farmer, a carpenter, a journeyman machinist and a coin collector. Wow! What people!

My great-grandmother, Minnie Pluecker Fermazin who was married to Charles Fermazin lived in Lakefield, Rost Township, Jackson, Minnesota and Aurora, Kane, Illinois. She was widowed at age 27. She had seven children. The youngest was 13 when her husband Charles Fermazin died. After his death she turned  their home in Aurora, on Liberty and Claim Streets into a boarding house to raise money to support the family.  My grandfather Roy and his brother Carl continued to provide financial support even after they were married. This helped her keep the house and raise the children still at home. Minnie had a rough life. She grew up in Aurora, married an immigrant German, and moved away from home and family to Lakefield, Minnesota, for 13 years to farm with her husband and then uprooted life on the farm to move back to Aurora about a year before Charles died. Possibly he was ill and they wanted live closer to family.
Wilhelmina (Minnie) Pluecker
Birth: 6 JUN 1868 in Aurora, Kane, Illinois, USA
Residence: 1910 Aurora Ward 6, Kane, Illinois
Death: 17 APR 1952 in Aurora, Kane, Illinois, USA
Burial: 21 APR 1952 Riverside Cemetery, Aurora, Illinois

School days in Lakefield, Minnesota.
Individual pictures of Harry, Lottie, Willie and Irene.
Classroom picture with Charles Fermazin, the 5th person in the top row. To the right is the class list for the years 1904-1905.

Public School No. 74 for Des Moines, Belmont, Hunter and Heron Lake Townships, Jackson County, Minnesota. By the 1904-1905 school year Grandpa Roy (Robert August) Fermazin was already out of school and farming with his half- brother Reinhart in Lemon, South Dakota.

Public School No. 74.  for  Des Moines,
 Belmont, Hunter and Heron Lake Townships in Jackson County Minnesota which includes the official Roster for School Year 1904-1905.

Left: Grandma Mary Linden Fermazin and her aprons. These are not Grandma Mary's aprons but I liked them so well I put them on the digital scrapbook page to tell the story. Grandma was famous for her seamstress achievements, making delicious pies, especiall strawberry and apple, growing lilacs and peonies, and for just being Grandma, Mom, Wife etc.

Left side of page is Grandpa Roy (Robert August) Fermazin in his car. Grandpa was a Lutheran until the day he died. He married my grandmother and raised his children Catholic. This is the car he used to drive the nuns from Sacred Heart Catholic School for shopping. Sacred Heart Catholic School is where my dad and his sister Lola attended grade school, before East Aurora High School. This was the "French" Catholic School. Dad learned to speak French when going here besides the German and English he spoke at home. Father Simard (sp) was the Priest at the time my dad attended school here. Dad always spoke highly of Father Simard. The car on the right-hand side is my dad's first car that he bought with $ 5.00 he earned during the Depression. He always said it didn't run when he purchased it but Grandpa got it going. I used Graphics 45 paper for this layout.

On the left is a collage of the house my Grandpa Roy built at 942 Sixth Ave, Aurora, Illinois.
Grandma called it the "schack" and even wrote that on the back of the picture. In front of the house are Grandma, Mary Linden Fermazin, Uncle Nick Linden (Grandma's brother), my dad, Robert, and his sister, Lola. The page depicts the house in 1924, 1945, and 2004.  The house is still inhabited and is across the street from Phillips Park, which is still a nice neighborhood after all these years. I always remember the house  when it was brown shingles. The people living there now bought it from my grandparents and moved the house up to the street. Prior to this there was about a half acre in front and back. In front and along the driveway was where my grandma grew her flowers. In the back yard were Grandpa's work house/carpenter house and a big old apple tree. At the bottom of the picture are my dad, mom, and I about 1945. I remember playing in the day room on rainy days with my sister Mary, cousin Karen and Grandma, when we cut out paper dolls from Vogue and Simplicity pattern magazines.  On the left are my dad and his car on a map of Aurora, Illinois. I just think that old car is NEAT!

Remember these? We had so much fun playing paper dolls on Grandma's sun porch. Aunt Lola brought home the pattern books from work and we cut out our paper dolls. We always had many Simplicity and Vogue pattern books to chose from.

I would be remiss if I did not put my sister Mary in any of the pictures. On the left is a favorite picture of mine. Nancy Fermazin age 6 and my sister Mary Fermazin age 3, about 1949. On the right is the picture of my sister, Mary's, First Holy Communion at St. Therese Catholic Church, Farnsworth and Coolidge Avenues in Aurora, Illinois. The picture to the right of Mary is Karen Lambert Mahrenholz, my cousin and my dad's niece [Lola Fermazin daughter] and Grandma Mary Linden Fermazin and Nancy Fermazin [me] at our Confirmation in 1956 at St.Therese Catholic Church. I think the picture was taken at 251 Hillside Avenue, Aurora Illinois.

My tribute to Aunt Lola Fermazin and Uncle Theron Lambert on their 50th Wedding Anniversary. This was taken on January 28, 1993. I don't have any copies of their wedding pictures.  They were married  in North Carolina where Uncle was stationed before he was sent to the European Theater to fight for our freedom in WWII. 

I started a vintage scrapbook for my husband. Above is a picture of their family home in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.  It is a red brick house on Cherry Street, on the left side coming off of Easton Road. On the front porch is seated Bill's dad, Everhard (Harvey), with his brother, Richard to the left of Dad and Bill sitting on his lap. The photo on the right is Richard, Barbara pushing her doll baby carriage, and Bill. Barbara looks so proud. Richard looks bored with the whole thing and Bill is a happy kid smiling. I think they posed for that picture.

Written for the 96th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: Scrapbooking Your Family History
© 2010, copyright Nancy Fermazin

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Friedrich Fermazin and Caroline Hartwig

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Friedrich Formazin  and Caroline Hartwig:
He is listed as Einwohner in his records,
Their children:

Born: Aug.21,1862 Piardowo
Bapt: Aug.23,1862
Godparents: Daniel Ristau, Ottilie  Fermazin Marx
Entry # 146/1862 page 69

Born: Nov.29,1864 Godziwy
Bapt: Jan.8,1865
Godparents: August Hartwich, Caroline Harhala (spelling)
Entry # 9/1865 page 77

Otto Reinhard
Born: Nov.8,1867 Godziwy

Born Jan 28, 1875

      Records checked: 1821-1874 births, marriages and deaths, with a gap in marriages in          years 1861-1874

In Schubin there are mentioned by you two families, and two Friedrichs by the same last names:

Friedrich Formazin ( Einwohner – resident) and Caroline Ristau:

Auguste Emilie
Born: Feb.28,1858 Neu Schottland
Godparents: Christian Ristau, Henriette Reipreis (sp.)
Entry # 36/1858

Robert Michael
Born: Aug.12,1861 Kowalewo
Bapt: Aug. 18,1861
Godparents: Michael Gruning, Justine Hartwich
Entry # 128/1862
Died: Feb.27,1862 in Kowalewo.
Entry # 26/1862

Adolphine Florentine
Born: May 22,1863 Kowalewo
Bapt: Jun.7,1863
Godparents: Adam Foss, Louise Ristau
Entry # 106/1863 page 66

Ernst Eduard
Born: Jun.9, 1865 Kowalewo ( later Gruenhagen)
Bapt. Jun.22,1865
Godparents: Ludwig Kohert, Wilhelmine Arnold
Entry # 17/1865 page 77

Freidrich Reinhold
Born: Apr.17,1868 Neuwelt
Bapt: May 3,1868
Witnesses: Eduard August, Wilhelm Beyer
Entry # 74/1868 page 2

Birth records of 1869-1874 show no other children of Friedrich Fermazin and Caroline Ristau. No marriage was found in earlier record and no additional deaths.  I did discovered remarriage of Caroline in later civil records of Schubin land 1:

[Caroline became a widow so this ruled out this Friedrich Formazin as my gggrandfather but I think this Friedrich Formazin is son of August Formazin who is son of Friedrich Formazin and Louise Bonau.]

Sep.30,1877 Schubin  Entry # 10/1877
Laborer Heinrich Engel born on Mar. 28,1830  in Gorzykowo, county of Bromberg, resided in Schottland , son of deceased in Klein Wolfhaus, county Bromberg Friedrich Engel and deseased in lein Bartelsee Henriette nee Sabecka
Got married to
Laborer Caroline Formazin nee  Ristau, born in Kolaczkowo now Rensdorf, resided in Gruenhagen, age about 50 (exact date unknown), daughter of deceased in Zamosc Johann Ristau and deceased in Schoenmadel Louise Strohschein.

Witnesses: Carl Dragorius age 50 of Schubin, Louise Krause age 42 of Neuwelt

Unfortunately, I have not seen the deaths of 1876 & 77 to prove death of Friedrich Fermazin. It will wait for my next trip to archives in Bydgoszcz – along with other records that await discovery.

I checked the marriages 1874-1877 for Schubin Land 1. I have not found the marriage of Peter Hinz to Henriette Formazin, but I found two of their children:
Julius Wilhelm
Born: Apr.17,1876 Guenhagen
Registered: Apr. 19,1876
Informant: grandmother – Caroline Formazin of Gruenhagen
Father’s status: Einwohner – resident
Entry # 58/1876
Civil Registry Schubin Land 1.

Ottilie Emma
Born: Jul. 2,1878 Blumenthal
Registered Jul.4,1878
Civil registry Schubin Land 2.
Entry # 93/1878

Question here is wheather this family could have one more child between 1858 and 1861.
Only if they moved somewhere else for 2 years – outside of Labischin and Schubin Parishes.

Research compiled with help of Kasia from Poland

Friday, July 2, 2010

Born on the 4th of July

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    I thought it would be interesting to find my ancestors born on the 4th of July.

Ira Daniel Ames born 4 July 1842