Sunday, October 13, 2013

Census Sunday–John and Anna Pakledinaz/Pakledinac, 1930 US Census, Warren Township, Macomb, Michigan



It is Census Sunday and I am looking at the 1930 Census for the household of John and Anna Pakledinaz. Here is the transcription from the census:

1.  John Pakledinac, Head, owned No. 70 on the farm schedule on 13 mile rd., 45 yrs old, Mother/Father/himself born in Ireland, Native tongue: Irish, Immigrated 1905, Alien status, works as a farmer on a truck farm.
2. Anna, wife, 40 yrs old, Mother/Father/self born in Ireland, Native tongue: Irish, immigrated 1909, alien status, No occupation
3. Adam, son, 19 yrs old, born in Ohio, no school since 1 sept. 1929, Occupation: laborer on farm
4. Ligebth, daughter, 18 yrs old, born: Ohio, no school since 1 sept. 1929, no occupation
5. Tresa, daughter, 15 yrs old, born Michigan, no school since 1 sept. 1929, no occupation
6. Anna, daughter, 13 yrs old, born Michigan, no school since 1 sept. 1929, no occupation
7. John, son, 12yrs old, born Michigan, has attended school since 1 sept. 1929, no occupation
8. Rose, daughter, 10 yrs old, born Michigan, has attended school since 1 sept. 1929, no occupation
9.  James, son, 8 yrs old, born Michigan, has attended school since 1 sept. 1929, no occupation
10. Leona, daughter, 6 yrs old, born Michigan, no school since 1 sept. 1929, no occupation
11Joseph, son, 2 1/2 yrs old, born Michigan, no school since 1 sept. 1929, no occupation

Something's of note for myself:

  • The surname is spelled with a C at the end, just like in his home country of Croatia/Slavonia. It is pronounced as a Z so I wonder how the spelling got that way on this Census – the Z ending if more familiar here in the States.
  • I’ve already written about the Ireland/Irish stuff and disproven all of that and don’t think I’ll ever know where that comes from. You can read that post here.
  • They lived on a farm in the Truck Farm industry and John worked on his own accord. I’m assuming this was a small vegetable farm on their own land. I need to do some research about truck farms in Michigan to confirm this.
  • He also states that he owned this farm – so have to look into the land records for this.
  • Both John and Anna lists their immigration years and that they have Alien status – I was hoping they would have put in their first papers for naturalization but I guess not – but that won’t stop me from looking.
  • Their second child was born in Ohio in about 1912 and their third child (my grandmother) was born in Michigan in 1914. So, that narrows down a timeframe for their move from Ohio to Michigan.

If I’ve missed anything, please let me know if the comments.

Thanks for stopping by and keep diggin’ for that family.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday–Harry Almer Lindsay


This week’s Tombstone Tuesday post is for Harry Almer Lindsay. He is not a blood relative, however, they are important to our family history and you can read my thoughts on this in my Blood is not always Thicker when it comes to Family post.

Harry is my great-grandfather, his son is Richard Almer Lindsay. My son is named after both of them. He hails from Maryland but also lived in Washington D.C.

His find-a-grave memorial can be found here.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

John Pakledinaz–Immigration-Ship’s Manifest


This is the manifest1 which shows Johann Pakledinac arriving in the United States. I am almost positive this is my great grandfather John Pakledinaz and that this begins the origins of our Pakledinaz line in the United States.

Here is what we can get from this manifest:

Ship: The Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse

Departure Port and date: Left from Bremen on July 25th, 1905

Arrival Port and date: Arrived the port of New York on August 3rd, 1905

Johann (John) was 20 years old when they arrived which matches with the birthday I have for him of 16 March 1885.

He was single

His occupation was a Wheel Wright

He was able to read and write

His was a citizen of the country Slavonia (which matches to what I already have as his birth place)

His race is listed as German (something that I did not know but makes sense since his future bride, Anna Maria Hinterhauser, is German)

His last permanent residence was the village of Tompojevci in Hungary (at this time Slavonia was in the Hungarian portion of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – Today it is located in Croatia – you can see it on Google Maps here).

His final destination was Youngstown, Ohio. He had a ticket to his final destination and he paid for the trip himself.

He had $4 on him.

He was going to join his cousin, Jakob Pakledinac in Youngstown Ohio 320 [I am not sure what the 320 means – could be an address but the rest of it is missing?]

One item which I find very interesting is that John immigrated in 1905 and his future wife, Anna Maria Hinterhauser, did not immigrate until 1909. They would meet, as family lore says, at Anna’s brothers house in Youngstown, Ohio. Anna arrived in the US in August of 1909 and she would marry John just 5 months later. Here is the interesting part:

John’s home village, Tompojevci, is just 61 km (38 miles) from Anna’s home village of Milititsch (now called Srpski Miletic). Yet, they meet and marry thousands of miles away from where they were born? Did they know each other prior or at least did their families know each other in the old country? Or is it just a big coincidence?

I’ll probably never know and I will always have the question. However, because their immigration was separated by 4 years I would guess that they did not know each other. Their families may have known each other in the ‘old country’ but they could have just met in the states as immigrants tended to settle in like areas when coming to the states.

If you see a connection or information that I am missing please leave a comment.

Thanks for stopping by and keep diggin’ for that family,



1."New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," online images, ( : accessed 1 Oct 2013), manifest, Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, 3 August 1905, Passenger #22, Pakledinac Johann.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday–Thomas & Susannah John

John, grave maker 1

This weeks Tombstone Tuesday is for Thomas David John and Susannah Rowe. They are our 2nd Great Grandparents. This is how they fit into our ancestor line:

They are the parents of Selina Ann (John) Canter, our great grandmother

The Grandparents of Mary Elizabeth Jane (Canter) Shaw, our grandmother

Thomas and Susanna are immigrant ancestors having come to the United States from Wales in 1910 where they joined Susannah’s parents in Scranton, Pa.

Thomas died of Bronchitis and Susannah’s death is attributed to drowning by suicide. Her son, Thomas William died 2 years earlier (1913) and reports say that she never recovered from his death and suffered from extreme depression.

Thomas’s find-a-grave memorial can be found here. Susannah’s find-a-grave memorial can be found here.

Also buried alongside them is their son, David Thomas John, his find-a-grave memorial can be found here.

NOTE: The Tombstone date of Thomas’s Birth is wrong, he was actually born in 1859.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Where Did This Come From? Hinterhauser Bible?

Hinterhauser Bible PageI can add to the string of mistakes I’ve made when I was a very young and inexperienced genealogist. The document to the right is a scan out of a Hinterhauser family bible (transcription below). At least that is what I remember. See, although I have the scan saved on my computer I have nothing that tells me when I got it or from whom I got it.

I do remember that it was very early in my family history journey, probably about 2002. I know that it was the first big break-through of my search for Hinterhausers. Since I was in Germany at the time, I asked a co-worker to look at it and they explained the words to me and also that it looked to come from a Familienbuch or Ortssippenbuch. They helped me research a little which led me to finding these families in German records from the Batschka region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and even back to the original German villages of our Hinterhauser line and also the most distant relatives I have found, my 6th Great Grandparents – Josef and Magdalena (Schwahl) Morlock. These are the parents of Katharina Morlock who are not listed on the bible page.

This is where this page fits into our family:

No 1841 marriage is Augustine Hinterhauser to Rosalia Csihas – these are my 2nd Great Grandparents. Their son, listed underneath them, Augustine is the brother of my Great Grandmother, Anna Maria (Hinterhauser) Pakledinaz. I have written about her in a couple different posts: Ancestor Appreciation and also on the Hinterhauser Page/Post.

This mystery page was very critical to my early search but due to my poor record keeping and just plain inexperience, I do not know exactly where it came from. 

My goal in sharing this is to 1) find out if I can locate some cousins who may even have the bible where this was written and 2) give a bit of advice to anyone just starting out – Document…Document…Document everything about everything you receive in your journey.

So, do I have any cousins out there that may have seen this page before? Maybe you have this mystery bible in your possession? Please leave a comment if you have any relation to these lines.

Thanks for stopping by and keep diggin’ for that family.


Here is the transcription and translation of that document:

Page 326

No. 1833 Hinterhauser Martin Son of H(interhauser). Martin & Anna Marie Scheuer 1

Katharina Morlock


Son Of

No. 1834 Hinterhauser Martin & Katharina Morlock 2

Hinterhauser Josef & Frau Anna Teppert daughter of Andreas Tep. Susan Krembacher

Son of

No. 1835 Hinterhauser Josef & Anna Teppert 3

Hinterhauser Philippe Frau Madgalena Kehl daughter Andreas Keho Eva Umlau


Page 327 Son of

No 1837 Hintehauser Philipp & frau Magdalena Kehl 4

Hinterhauser Augustine Frau Rosalia Csihas daughter Josef C(sihas). Anna Maria Piller


Son of

No 1841 Hinterhauser Augustine & Frau Rosalia Csihas 5

Hinterhauser Augustine Frau Elisabeth Stoos daughter Johann Stoos ?

Son of

Hinterhauser Augustine & Elizabeth Stohr

No 6 Josef Hinterhauser 6

Friday, September 27, 2013

Ipad For Genealogy–Pt 3–Password Overload!

This is the 3rd installment of a series I’m doing on how I use the iStuff (iPhone/iPad) for genealogy and general research. You can read the first posts here: Part 1 - Calendars and Part 2 - Free Cloud Storage.

PasswordHow many different internet sites or apps do you have password protected? If you are like our family, there are countless numbers from bank accounts, emails, kids internet sites, school internet sites, etc... As family historians, we only add to the number of passwords with the internet and database sites that we may subscribe to. We have to keep track of those passwords and keep them close by when we need them while also keeping them protected. We started using one of those solutions about a year ago, it is called Cozi Password Vault.

There are lots of password vault apps out there and all pretty much do the same thing, they are the keeper of your passwords and other sign-in information that you need on a daily basis but just can't always remember. What separated Cozi Vault for me was the ability for it to sync between devices. I wanted to use it on my iPhone and iPad and also my wife's iPhone, and it works great.

In order for it to sync between devices, it is ultimately setup in the cloud so that may be scary for some. It is not that scary for me because I read reviews of things like this and also look at their security issues, I was impressed with what people had to say so we started using it and have not looked back.

Here is a list of things that we like about it:

  1. Syncs between all our iStuff so I add/change a password for our bank account on my phone or iPad, it updates on my wife's phone automatically. This syncing does not have to take place on Wi-Fi, Cozi will use cellular service to keep everything in sync.
  2. Not just for passwords, you can customize menus and data so you can store login information or just about anything that you want to remember for a site.
  3. The database has places for the url for the site so you can access your password and then open up the site right from within cozy
  4. It has a password generator - I have some accounts where I have to change passwords every 30 or 60 days and I cannot use a password that I used before so this generator comes in very handy.
  5. With on click, your password is copied to your clipboard so you can paste it right into the site when needed.

This is not a free app, I think it costs $1.99, not much when you think about the hassle it saves trying to remember all those passwords and login information.

I know there are plenty of these apps out there; which one are you using and why? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks for reading and keep diggin' for that family.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

This Day in History–25 September

File:Geograph-2043001-by-Peter-Barr View of Chapel en le Frith.jpg1854 – William Shirt married Elizabeth Pakeman in the little town of Chapel en le Frith, in Derbyshire, England. William and Elizabeth are our 3rd Great Grandparents in our dad’s paternal line. The are mentioned in our Surname Saturday – Shaw post.




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