Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Where Were They 100 Years Ago?

I am feeling like I’ve gotten back into the swing of things after our recent Alaskan cruise with the second SNGF theme posted by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 18 May 1919 – 100 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

Here are my ancestors:

1. My paternal grandparents, George Kucharik aka Sabo (1893-1936) and Julia Scerbak (1893-1985) had been married for almost four years and were renting a house at 10 Cedar Street in Garfield, Bergen, New Jersey. I have a photo of the house captured from Google Earth.

2. My maternal grandparents, Vernon Tarbox Adams (1899-1968) and Hazel Ethel Coleman (1901-1995) were not yet married. Vernon was living in Somerville, Massachusetts with his Aunt Pearl’s family. Hazel was living in Calais, Maine with her father and stepmother. I have no photos of either house.

3. One set of my paternal great grandparents, Stephen Kucharik aka Sabo (1855-1933) and Maria Kacsenyak (1859-1926) were living in the Passaic-Wallington, New Jersey area in 1919. They never bought a house and seemed to move often as renters.

4. My second set of paternal great grandparents, Michael Scerbak (1868-1932) and Anna Murcko (1872-1967) left New Jersey and returned to live in Udol, Slovakia about 1896. I have no photo of their house and, from Google Earth, it appears that the structure is no longer standing as the village houses appear to be 1970s type construction.

5. One set of my maternal great grandparents, Charles Adams (1877-1922) and Annie Maude Adams (1874-1940) were living on Calais Avenue in Maine. I have a picture of this house and it is where my grandfather was born. The house is still there today:

6. Of my second set of maternal great grandparents, Anna Elisabeth Jensen (born 1873) passed away in 1916 in Calais, Maine. My great grandfather, Hartwell Thomas Coleman (1868-1938) lived in Calais, but I have no photo of his house and am not sure if it is still standing today or not.

7. Several of my 2X great grandparents were still living in 1919. First is a paternal great grandmother, Maria Szova (1845-1925) wife of John Murcko. She lived in Hajtovka, Slovakia, a tiny village next to the small village of Udol. I have no photo of her home.

8. My maternal 2X great grandparents, Calvin Segee Adams (1843-1921) and Nellie F. Tarbox (1854-1927) were living in Calais, Maine in the same house as their son’s family, in the above photo.

9. Another maternal 2X great grandmother, Sarah Moriah Crouse (1833-1930) was living in Calais, Maine with her son, listed above, Hartwell Thomas Coleman.

10. Another maternal 2X great grandfather, Frits Wille Oscar Emil Jensen (1845-1920) was living in Calais, too. However, he was a renter and moved often. I have no photo of any of the places where he lived.

None of my 3X greats even lived to see 1900, so this covers everyone.

Thanks Randy for this week’s challenge.

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