Archive for April, 2018

April 29, 2018

Mrs. Darwin, A Subject To Let — #Milosz #7Of40 #Books

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Mrs. Darwin

Mrs. Darwin was of course Charles Darwin’s wife. Judging by the story recounted by Milosz, she was a devout soul. So was Charles Darwin, at least until he came up with his opus on Evolution. Evolution led Mr. Darwin away from his faith. He could not reconcile how God and Evolution could both co-exist.

Let this jester start by stipulating:

Isaac Newton was religious & spent many years in its intellectual pursuit. Albert Einstein famously believed in God. Kurt Gödel proved God exists. Gödel also believed Religions are bad, but religion is not.

Permit Stanczyk to quote Einstein a few times. He was adamant about his religion saying, “I am not an atheist”. In his research & learning, he said, “When the answer is simple, God is speaking”. Lastly, on morality, “A people that were to honor falsehood, defamation, fraud, and murder would be unable, indeed, to subsist for very long”.

If you want to learn science read Einstein. If you want to learn religion read Einstein. If you to read science & religion and to know both, read Einstein.

Now we can forgive Darwin his fall from religion. For he was after Newton, but before Einstein & Gödel. So I believe Darwin was in error (not about evolution which is a fact), but in eschewing religion based upon the discipline/philosophy science or by mistakenly thinking he could only pick one. In this matter we hold Mrs. Darwin in higher esteem.

Let me add one last post script. The “atheist” who is like Dawkins (meme, “Selfish Gene”) but their belief in ethics/morality is embedded in humanism (or secular humanism) is believing in a religion. They are not irreligious, just godless. Therefore, his endeavor as spokesman for humanist funerals merely parallels Newton in later life; if we admit, Christianity = Humanism = religion

(for other religions just substitute your religion for either Christianity or Humanism in the above tautology.)

April 23, 2018

Duke & Duchess of Cambridge — #3rd #Baby

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Royal Genealogy update … HRH Queen Elizabeth has a new great-grandson (son of Duke William of Cambridge and Duchess Kate Middleton). The baby’s name will be announced in two days!

• New Prince of Cambridge born at 11am weighing 8lbs 7oz

• Mother and baby ‘doing well’, Kensington Palace says

Birthdate: 23-April-2018

Birthplace: St. Mary’s Hospital, London

[update: 4/27/2018 —

Name: Louis Arthur Charles

(Prince Louis the Vth in line for the throne).


Line of Succession for the 92 year old HRH Queen Elizabeth

April 20, 2018

Joan Miro — April 20th #HappyBirthday

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Today is Stanczyk’s date of birth. I thought I’d chronicle others born the same day, hence Joan Miro.

Joan Miro - Vincent Nubiola, The Giraffes , Carnival of Harlequin

• Joan Miro – Vincent Nubiola, The Giraffes , Carnival of Harlequin •


Joan Miró

born (ur.) 20 April 1893 – Barcelona, Spain
died (zm.) 25 December 1983 – Palma, Spain

It’s the 125th Anniversary of the Spanish artist’s birth. His vivid use of color and surreal style appealed to this jester’s eye & heart.

April 19, 2018

Archaeology, A Subject To Let — #Milosz #6Of40 #RoadsideDog #Books

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon


Ok now, this week and next are a couple of Let Subjects that this jester really likes. Archaeology & Mrs. Darwin (you know what that’s going to be about, right?): reading, writing, and science, it’s a good match.

I’ll forgive you now if you are thinking, “It’s Miłosz & his mortality again”. But you might be surprised that you are wrong.

In this essay, Miłosz says each era operates oblivious of what went on before (and alludes to what happens after as well). Man has no appreciation for those who came before. He even insists that those before and those who came after would not understand and therefore despise the other.

This jester is a genealogist. Researching and studying your family history you see how tenuous things were/are for us modern humans. Indeed, we genealogists say its miracle that we were ever arrived at. The string of ancestors is so fragile that one decision by one person can prune so many potential branches. Therefore the rarer it is that any one of us exists at all.

So a genealogist favors his ancestors and perhaps blesses God for them because he is. Against all odds we are. So now we have genetic genealogy allowing us a dim view of upto 200,000 years ago. Writing having arisen only a bit over 5,000 years ago means 195,000 of those earliest years are “pre-historic”, i.e. no record or history was written down or preserved. Can there be an oral history older than written history? I suppose so, but how reliable could that be?

My point is that we have no window into the first 195,000 years … except for our DNA. Those A-C-G-T , molecular bases are our only record of us in particular. But who reads DNA? Who writes DNA? I think it is a language. Can we marry DNA to fossil record and artefacts dug up from various strata? What bits of history can we divine or winnow out after these long eons? Even so that is so vague or imprecise and not specific to the individual person. How could we have feelings about such primordial times/places/people, even if we have their DNA? If I have any feeling it is, “Thankfulness” that ALL my predecessors were so clever or lucky to survive to bring about me! I am the culmination of about 5,700-6,000 generations surviving to replicate the necessary DNA to become, I. My family tree is woefully small in those terms!

So given all that, I think Miłosz believes not only that we’re connected (by definition), but that it is foolish to think ill of our pre-historic forebears. Their record is written in our DNA and without that I’d not be writing this nor would you be reading this!

But lets go easy on the future too we’re connected to that as well.

April 16, 2018

All Politics Is Genealogy — #Politics #Genealogy #USCensus #2020

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

When you’re a jester, you see politics from afar and for such a good many eras. Alas, this jester has typed truth to power for as long as blogs have existed. Still, the 2010’s have been an unusually busy decade (and we still have two more years) for politics & genealogy. Do you agree?

Let’s recount some from this decade:

Obama was not born in USA. Uh, yes he was. Birth Certificate from Hawaii and newspaper announcement substantiated to all but DJT. Oh, how about Trump’s genealogy? Ancestor kicked out of Germany (for illegal emigration). John McCain was born in Panama Canal Zone. American? Yes. Mitt Romney was born in Mexico. American ? Yes. How about Ted Cruz and his Canadian birth to a Cuban father & an American mother who renounced her citizenship and registered & voted in Canada … yet still he professes that he is an American. Me thinks he professes too much.

We also heard and continue to hear about Elizabeth Warner (dubbed Pocohantas by DJT) who talked about her family lore/genealogy including American Indian ancestry (Cherokee). So its 2018, DJT who dodged military service by bonespurs, like his banned ancestor (grandfather was it?) that was kicked out of Germany for not serving in the army before emigrating illegally. Now he wants to deport DACA (Dreamers), even though we have Ted Cruz as a Senator, and a FLOTUS who overstayed her visa and used the “Einstein Exceptional Immigrant” law to be admitted legally (and then chain migrated her parents) to the USA. Oh it does not end there, now the GOP want to bring back an old question on the 2020 census:  “Where were you born and/or are you a US citizen?”

The census genealogy is a new wrinkle in voter suppression and representation. But it also could affect health care & hospitals and all manner of government expenditures that are based upon census demographics. This is actually a very important issue. So let’s unpack the nuances about the census, that most valuable of genealogy documents.

US Censuses

There are a few states that have utilized censuses as well but that is another blog. The US Census has been going every 10 years from 1790-2010, the next being 2020. They do not occur on years ending in ‘5’ as the press secretary seemed to allude. They also have a 72 year privacy rule. So why not fill out the census? It is after all the primary and sole method for apportioning representation. Do not be scared off or representation will go elsewhere (primarily southward). These are precisely the states that have enacted voter suppression laws that discriminate against poor or non-white citizens. So in effect you will be limiting voting and representation to places that are NOT protecting the constitution or your rights given you therein. This is why the census brouhaha in 2018 is so contentious. 2020 Census is coming and what you are asked needs to be finalized … ASAP!

Here is the 72 year privacy rule info:

72 year rule

The U.S. government will not release personally identifiable information about an individual to any other individual or agency until 72 years after it was collected for the decennial census. This “72-Year Rule” (92 Stat. 915; Public Law 95-416; October 5, 1978) restricts access to decennial census records.

After 72 years and then only under circumstances protecting against disclosure to the detriment of any individual according to  44 U.S.C. 2104  (from  Federal Records Act of 1950).

So protection safeguards are built in.

So a president that berates immigrants  (except those he’s married to) as criminals, he reneges on DACA, increases deportations and threatens to limit immigration to rules of his own choosing is talking about Census questions. Why? The answer appears to be, to intimidate naturalized citizens, permanent resident immigrants, visa visitors, and of course those who are not here legally or who over stayed their visas from being counted. As late as April 16th, 2018, the president was saying, the census would be used to prevent illegal voting!?! Uh, Mr. President, the census is private for 72 years, even if an illegal immigrant could vote illegally (not possible), he’d vote in as many as 18 Presidential elections before you knew HE did it. So that is another idiotic premise and fake justification for needing the census question. But it does show your intent to intimidate people, possibly legal citizens who were born elsewhere and became a naturalized citizen. That IS disenfranchisement of voters; voter intimidation. It is illegal. So that is the context on which the battle lines have been drawn.

But they should be counted. The naturalized citizens are entitled to voting (the other classes not). But each is entitled to representation in government as they are taxpayers. Additionally, funding for infrastructure or hospitals and other aid are apportioned by population. If you are not counted then you are losing out on government spending.  Now homeless or poor people who lack documentation or the means to get documentation may be afraid of the government. But if you are not counted then they too stand to lose from  social safety net programs be eliminated or moved to other population centers according to apportionment. So make sure you are counted in the census you are protected! Do not lose your government spending to another locale out of fear or intimidation.

There will be NO access to personally identifiable info for 72 years. The only access is too summaries and other aggregations of the numbers to study issues related to government budgets.


Census Questions

The questions from every prior census can be examined at: census questions . Now there are short forms and there are long forms, so there is no short answer to when was the last time a question about citizenship was asked. Before the Civil War the counting questions were more or less related to being male, female, black, white, free, slave.

1860 is the first time the question, “Where were you born?” was asked, including country if not USA. In 1900, they finally ask if you are a citizen or not (as well as where you were born and where your parents were born). So we see a new nuance of citizenship vs nativity. 1970 starts the concept of short form vs long form questions. 85% were short form. The short form did not ask where you were born. The long form asked both where and whether naturalized. 1980 short form merely asks if you are Spanish/Hispanic (not where born or whether a citizen). The Long form (every 7th person) does ask where born & citizenship. Its not clear but it appears as if households with fewer than 7 people just filled in short form.

Be a good citizen. Be an informed citizen and go to:

April 15, 2018

Poland Genealogy Between 1918-1939

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk has noted an uptick in interest in my Army Conscripts (poborowe) pages.

  1. Conscript Lists of Kieleckie Wojewodztwo
  2. Genealogy in Poland Between The Wars (1918-1939, Conscript Lists)

Here is a link to Google Doc (large PDF):

1932 Conscript List —

April 12, 2018

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica — #Contagion #MarkovChain #Network

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

#Facebook — The Markov Chain. The Cambridge Analytica ( 87 Million user PII data exploitation can be modeled using Markov Chains for Disease and Rumor Spreading in Complex Networks

Isomorphically, the info-wars/propaganda/fake-news/defamation-slander is the same as a pandemic in how it spreads in a complex network (human based or computer based).

According to : Guilherme Ferraz de Arruda, Francisco A. Rodrigues, Pablo Martin Rodriiguez, Emanuele Cozzo, Yamir Moreno

The states are:

(i) susceptible or ignorant (X)

(ii) infected or spreader (Y )

(iii) recovered or stifler (Z)

So which state are you?

Ignorant, Spreader or Stifler.

I believe my wife & I have worked very hard to become Stiflers (Z).

Unlike Mark Zuckerberg, I was not part of the 87 Million!

So I would like to thank my Facebook direct-connected friends. You acted as Stiflers. As such I was not infected/compromised. I could not have done that without you! Thanks!

To those who would Twitter or Facebook shame the X or Y people, I say you are misdirected in your efforts. The ones who need to be held accountable are Cambridge Analytica (et. al. ) who intentionally released the contagion in Facebook’s network and the Facebook people who engaged Cambridge Analytica (i. e. took their money) & who failed to disengage Cambridge Analytica (et. al. ) in a reasonable timeframe. They inflicted the contagion upon X & Y.

The Z people (my Facebook friends) saved me and the other (330Million less 87Million) Americans from being exposed.

April 11, 2018

Fleas, Grizzlies, & Syphilis … oh my! — #Books #5Of40 #SubjectsToLet

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Milosz’s essay “Fleas”

Stanczyk’s writing fancy continues with Miłosz’s subjects to let. This article is “Fleas”. But a reading of Fleas and you get a sense that after Miłosz emigrated to the West and in particular his time at Berkley (CA, 1961-1998), he embedded himself in CA culture & history.

Last time it was the Amer-Indian Tassajara and this time its Spanish missions in California (CA). Czeslaw Milosz was a religious man, a good Catholic. So his pointed observation of early missionary life in CA is not a critique upon the church, so much as it was a criticism on missionary history. That despite the good that the missions brought, they also brought other unforeseen consequences too. Hence unpaved floors brought fleas and grazing cattle became larders for the eager grizzly. Of course, the consequences brought further consequences as a rippling effect. Grizzlies brought hunters & soldiers to protect and these brought syphilis. The syphilis brought death to the indigenous peoples.

Oh the unintended consequences of new regimes … even religious regimes. Is everything Milosz writes a metaphor? How is it his writings apply well after the poet, writer, academic’s lifespan. It is eternal. Even banal banter of Czeslaw Milosz can be dropped into any today’s conversation. But did he intend his writings as metaphor? Is Milosz a modern Aesop? I raise these questions for you to answer!

April 9, 2018

Swabian Germans / Donau Schwabians — #Genealogy #German #Croatian

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

All the way to the east (right) we see Osiek (by red 3. ), you will find Sarvas & Tenje and a bit further away west (left) & south we see Đakovo(aka Djakovo, Diakovo) written as “Diakovar” (near red 2.).

This is where a bit of my MT-DNA comes from. You see my Swabian German ancestors came from Baden-Wurtemberg Germany to Sarvas & Tenje about 1750. They were Catholic Germans.

These are the ancestral villages I am working with on my maternal side.

In Tenje we find: Gottler/Göttler, Eisenbeiser. In Sarvas, we find Vespek (aka Veszpek, Vesbek).

Recently, this jester made good head way into tracing genealogy in these parts. So I have my Swabian German from these ancestors (via Vendel born 1858) …

April 7, 2018

1808 A Jewish Conversion of Biechowska to Catholicism

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon


April 5, 2018

Croatia, German, Genealogy — #Sarvas, #Tenje, #Djakowo

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Kettler = Gettler (aka Gottler/Goettler)

One could be excused if you thought this blog was solely upon Russian-Polish partition genealogy. Well Stanczyk has another branch (maternal) that is German. I have been told they were Swabian Germans located in modern day Croatia in the Osiek-Baranja county, specifically: Sarvas, Tenje, and Djakovo. This area was Austria-Hungary, Jugoslavia and now Croatia, but there were German Catholic settlers here.

Today is a quick post on the area and the family names of interest. This database can be searched online at (Croatia). According to Google Maps it is only about 10 minutes (via car) or about 90 minutes on foot between Sarvas and Tenja.

Now this interesting to Stanczyk, because his maternal grandparents came from these two villages/towns. Vespek came from Sarvas and Gottler came from Tenja. As with other families, there are affiliated families that are “genetic markers” to my Vespek & Gottler families: Reiner, Reither/Rajter, Elter, Keller, Eisenbeiser, Kasper/Kaschper.

What I learned from other Gottler researchers in this area is that I should expect to see that Gottler = Gettler = Goettler. Think “get” not “got”. The ‘O’ has an umlaut over it. So Gottler. Now If you look closely at the image at top, we see the priest recorded Gettler in two ways (Gettler, Kettler). In fact he recorded that equivalence in the record! So now I have to keep Kettler/Kottler in mind as well.

Now the jester mentioned Djakovo (which is a bit west of the map’s left border) because my mother’s two half brothers (Joseph & Wendell) emigrated from “Jakovo” from an uncle whose last name was Rajter. Now I know their mother’s maiden name was Eisenbeiser, so I am expecting to find an Eisenbeiser + Rajter(Reither) marriage in one of these villages.

More later as my research firms up. But if you have an ancestor from Sarvas and in particular House #43 in Sarvas, then we need to compare family trees.


April 2, 2018

Edge Of The Continent — #Books #SubjectsToLet #4Of40 #Milosz

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Subjects To LetI think we see again Miłosz, the poet’s, lament. You know the lament, it was in the first article… the temporalness of man’s works. He remarks on the “hands” on the cave walls near Tassajara, on the western edge of the North American continent.

The poet wonders about what others were unremarked, whose works in this area were lost to the stretches of time. There is nothing here at Tassajara, no castles or lost cities or even broken statuary to commemorate the existence of any civilization except for these cave artworks of hands and a much later poem about the hand tracings. Indeed we see again this Nobelist lends his permanence to the chronicles to keep these cave artworks known, even if a future catastrophe erases their temporal existence.

They were here, the cave hand-tracers of Tassajara. Now we need to keep the works of Miłosz alive to keep this cave artwork at the edge of the continent alive.

This jester wonders why no images to go with the words. Tassajara is the briefest mention & continent edge to place in space this proof across timespans. Look to the map of Tassajara’s lost valley.

Perhaps Miłosz left out the images of the hands, lest other seekers find and possibly obliterate this fragile proof of early man. As a genealogist, I know the only hope is to record what still is, on newer and newer technologies in hopes to preserve what rarity lingers with such fragility in the real world. This virtual home upon the Internet hopes to preserve its temporalness and extend its permanence.

You have to wonder if the poet was thinking of entropy.  Entropy — [definition]

2. lack of order or predictability, gradual decline into disorder.

This jester once a TV episode of “After Man” in which they stated that after 400-500 years of the extinction of man, there would be no trace of us. That the geologic and climactic processes of the planet would erase us. Perhaps to never to be known again. Or perhaps an inter-galactic archaeologist might discover our traces beneath the soil and ponder. What will be left of us?

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