October 29, 2015
Stanczyk is in a macabre mood … it must be that Halloween Full Moon a couple of days ago or perhaps because in a couple of more days its Halloween itself.
So this jester was reading about books & libraries to assuage my bibliophage tendencies. In Philadelphia we have a unique collection of books the largest known cache: anthropodermic bibliopegy
Well now, that suits the mood just fine. If you clicked on the anthropodermic bibliopegy link, then you know this is a story about book binding using human skin. So the largest collection of human skinned books is located in Philadelphia. To be precise it is in: The Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
How Do You Know its really Human Skin?
Forensic scientists have developed a method called, peptide mass fingerprinting (PMF). So you might think these books would be at the Mütter Museum. You’d be part correct, since the Mütter Museum is part of The Historical Medical Library. Got a minute? Watch this You Tube video, (a Mütter Minute on one of the books). If you have a bit more time then read the mental floss article: http://mentalfloss.com/article/51634/bizarre-art-binding-books-human-skin .
So how many creepy books are in this collection? Five books. (see the image above). Perhaps we should be grateful that the largest collection is only five books. Happy Halloween and do not forget All Saints Day & All Souls Day too (good days to go to cemeteries and visit with your ancestors).
January 8, 2015
January 27th 2015 • Philadelphia
PBS has brought Genealogy Roadshow back ; As the image shows, they filmed in Philadelphia, October 25 & 26th in 2014. Now the show airs again; its premier is Tuesday, January 13th. This season Philadelphia gets the treatment.
Philadelphia – Franklin Institute (January 27th at 8:00 p.m.). At Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories. A man learns that the event that drove his family to the City of Brotherly Love changed the course of history; a man may be a Viking descendant; another’s family could have part of one of history’s biggest scams; a young man hopes to confirm his relation to a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and two sisters learn their ancestors were part of the great Irish migration.
Now I know they were at the Historical Society of PA (HSP). So I hope that survives the edit process too. At any rate, I’ll be watching the 27th of January at 8:00 pm ET.
October 17, 2014
Stanczyk enjoys PBS and Genealogy. PBS has the excellent series Antique Roadshow so why not a Genealogy Roadshow? This is another fine genealogical series that complements the excellent work by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr (Finding Your Roots).
Well the PBS crew, featuring genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco are coming to Philadelphia, October 25th and 26th to film. This will be broadcast during the winter season coming up.
You can attend this event too. The details are on the Genealogy Roadshow website .
For those unfamiliar with Philadelphia genealogy, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP). will be featured. Many of the founding families have their genealogies recorded in book-form in a lovely room chock full of leather bound books of family histories.
September 15, 2013
SS Prinz Adalbert
100 years ago today my paternal grandmother Walerya Leszczynska Eliasz came to the USA with my four year old aunt Aleksandra (Alice) in tow on the SS Prinz Adalbert. She arrived in Philadelphia (for some unknown reason) and went to Buffalo to join my grandfather, Jozef and her two brothers and a sister. She arrived on the SS Prinz Adalbert from Hamburg, Germany (port) and her last residence was Pacanow.
So it is safe to say that Stanczyk would not be here today if Walerya had not come to the USA when she did.
SEE other related posts …
Philadelphia Inquirer 9/15/1913
Philadelphia Inquirer of 15 September 1913 –
The Ship manifest was also very helpful with its markings that indicated citizenship papers and also showing she came from her father (Tomasz in Pacanow) to her husband (Jozefin Depew, NY).
The Depew, NY address was actually her brother Teofil’s address. According to my aunt Bernice, my Busia’s brothers had to go get my grandfather (whom I assume was working in Detroit). My grandparents were reunited in Depew and I have their century old photo in an antique oval/bubble frame with “1913” inscribed on the back. It must have been a happy reunion, because my aunt Kitty was born in 1914 in Depew.
Ship Manifest of Waleria & Alexandra Elias [sic]
May 29, 2013
Dateline — Philadelphia’s Ellis Island 1913 — Emigration to Philadelphia peaked in 1913. Good thing for this jester, as my aunt Alice (Aleksandra) and my Busia (grandmother) arrived September 15th, 1913.
100 years later her grandson is here! Full circle. Eliasz in America.
15 – September – 1913 – Prinz Adalbert
Philadelphia Inquirer 9/15/1913 – Ship Arrivals
February 18, 2012
Stanczyk once did a RAOGK to Mount Vernon Cemetery (Philadelphia) . Sharon DuBois wanted to know more and sent a comment to my original article (5/31/2010). Sharon, you are calling the phone #: 215-229-6038 (from Find-A-Grave — see first link above), I assume correct?
Back in 2010, I was met by a caretaker named Norman (last name unknown to me). I felt for Norman. It was obvious he had taken over caretaker duties and his budget was less than “shoestring”. The cemetery back in 2010 had become overgrown. I was kind to Norman and effusive in my thanks for allowing me to commune with the Seipp family — which he led me to [ You would not be able to find anything without Norman’s help].
It reminded me of the cemetery crisis that happened in MI a few years back. In the last 18 months a few other Philadelphia cemeteries have been “saved” or at least adopted. My advice is to start with Philadelphia City Hall – Orphan’s court to find who has “ownership”.
I hate to to tell Sharon that her deed for two lots, are at present, probably worthless. The area is a bit decrepit. As I said the cemetery is unkempt and overgrown — not the kind of place that I would want for me or any of my ancestors for all eternity. I cannot see myself ever going back to it.
Perhaps the funds are now gone and there is no longer any caretaker. I cannot say, since it has been two years since I visited the cemetery.
In a related comment, I would like to tell an email/Find-A-Grave contributor named Meges that I did request an update to Elizabeth Seipp d. 19-October-1918, with the obit you found from the Philadelphia Inquirer — I cut/pasted what you sent me. This was a memorial for the Seipp family who are buried at Mount Vernon Cemetery.
February 15, 2012
Stanczyk made some interesting finds in Salt Lake City, UT a couple of weeks ago. I found multiple Wolvovitz ancestors coming to Philadelphia.
Now I had one of my wife great-uncles (grand-uncles for purists) whose American name was Harry Wolf, but his name had changed from Herman Wolsevitz. So as I prepared my research list (Excel Spreadsheet), I added the microfilm #’s for Philadelphia HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). Now these HIAS microfilm were mainly to find Solomon, but I made a mental note to see if any Wolf were in the list. Imagine my surprise to see Wolvovitz. My brain said not Wolf, but I have seen that name before — so I whipped out my Ancestry App on my iPhone and scanned my family tree for Harry Wolf to see if this matched his name on his Petition for Naturalization. Close.
The cards I found matched enough markers to suggest I may have found my wife’s maternal grandmother’s family. They all agreed on the region they came from … Maramaros … Hungary (and came to Philadelphia). Today that region is called Maramures and depending on the village either Romania or Ukraine. But with shifting borders, it was Hungary (Austro-Hungary), then Czechoslovakia, then Hungary and now either Romania/Ukraine. The villages are so close to the border it may be both Romania & Ukraine. So I did some quick checking of the area to find what kind of Jewish genealogy resources might be available.
Then I find that one of the #RootsTech speakers, a Brooke Ganz, is a lead contact for the Jewish Indexing project in this area. I had just heard her speak on her project called LeafSeek and the underlying Solar/Solarium (open source tools from Apache) technology. The Internet makes this a very small world indeed.
Love those HIAS cards …
November 10, 2011
Happy Birthday US Marine Corps. You do not look 236 years old. The Marines were born here in Philadelphia, PA ! The Marines were born 10-November-1775 @Tun_Tavern, Phialdelphia, PA.
Tun Tavern was a significant meeting place for other groups as well. In 1756, Benjamin Franklin used the tavern as a recruitment/gathering point for the Pennsylvania militia. The tavern later hosted a meeting of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, & the Continental Congress.
The US Marine Corps has an Illustrious History. Their motto is: Semper Fidelis, which is Latin for “Always Faithful”. So when you hear their rallying cry (or welcoming shout), “Semper Fi”, now you know what they mean.