Memorial Day 2021- Remembering Those Who Gave All

“Their’s is a deathless heritage: their deeds
Blossom like flowers upon the field of time
And whether told in prose or glowing rhyme,
Seem writ in shining gold to him who reads.”

In Memory of All Those Who Lost Their Lives Defending America

Although this is a day to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in battle, please remember all the U.S. servicemen and women stationed around the world today.

Please show your support for our troops by donating to
Operation Gratitude.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Who Is #42 on Your Ahnentafel List?

It’s Saturday, the last one in May, and the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of summer. It’s in the 90s here in Tucson today, so it definitely feels like summer is already here.

It’s also time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings.

This week’s challenge is a bit different:

1)  Have you identified #42 on your ahnentafel list?  If not, how about #21 the mother of #42?  If not, how about #10 on your ahnentafel list?  Do you even have an ahnentafel list?  

2)  Anyway, tell us about your #42 ancestor (or #21, or #10, etc.) – full name, parents, spouse, children, birth, baptism, death, marriage, burial, etc.
Ancestor #42 is John Patorai, my third great grandfather. He was born c1810, probably in Udol, Slovakia, but the parish register doesn’t begin until 1828, so I have no record of his birth.
He married Anna Szurgent on 22 November 1836, in Udol. She was born c1813, also probably in Udol.
Anna was buried on 20 July 1873 in Udol, but I haven’t found a death or burial record for John. In the 1860s, the government changed and records went from Latin to some language using the Cyrillic alphabet, which I can’t read. John Patorai likely died sometime between 1858, as his last child was born in January 1859, and before his wife, Anna, in 1873.
I have no record of his occupation, but most of my Udol family were peasant farmers.
John and Anna were the parents of six known children:
1. John, born c1837; married Anna Fechisin, 2 January 1873, Udol.
2. Maria, born 5 March 1839; married John Scerbak, 11 February 1861, Udol. These are my 2X great grandparents.
3. Anna, born c1842; married Mr. Sasala; no further information.
4. Michael, born c1850; married Helena Miklus, 9 February 1874, Udol.
5. Peter, born c1856; married Maria Buk, 7 February 1881, Udol.
6. Susanna, born 18 January 1859, Udol; married Michael Miklus, 22 January 1885.
I don’t know much more about their children, but Peter and Maria (Buk) Patorai left Europe and settled in Passaic, New Jersey, by the early 1900s.
Thanks, Randy, for this week’s challenge. I need to look into this family a bit more to see what else I can learn about them.

Rhode Island: Digitized County Histories

Little Rhody – Rhode Island, doesn’t have many counties – just five – but each county has a history and there are several good state histories to add to your family history.

FAQ

1. While every county in the state is listed, links are only provided for titles that no longer fall under U.S. copyright laws. All (almost) links connect to free websites.
2. There are a few instances when a book has been digitized, but is only found on a paid site. In that case, no link is inserted, but a note as to the website where it has been found is given.
3. When a state history has also been found in digital format, it is listed in the STATE section that precedes the county list. I have limited STATE entries to those with county histories/biographical volumes in them.
4. There are a number of counties that DO have histories written, BUT they remain copyrighted material. Therefore, if a county has NONE after its name, it doesn’t mean there is no county history, just that none has been digitized. It’s also possible that the only digitized county history is included in one of the state volumes, so be sure to check those entries.
5. If the book is on FamilySearch, you will need a free account to access it. This list does NOT include town histories.
6. When all fifty states have been completed, I will post a PDF of them all.
7. One last note – it is very possible that a book is digitally available on more than one website. I’ve only included links to one site per book.

RHODE ISLAND

 STATE – History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Volume I, 1636-1700, Samuel Greene Arnold, Preston & Rounds, Providence, Rhode Island, 1894.
STATEHistory of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Volume II, 1701-1790, Samuel Greene Arnold, Preston & Rounds, Providence, Rhode Island, 1894.
STATEA Short History of Rhode Island, George Washington Greene, J.A. & R.A. Reid, Providence, Rhode Island, 1877.
STATE: History of Rhode Island, Rev. Edward Peterson, John S. Taylor, New York, 1853.
STATE – Rhode Island: a guide to the smallest state, Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Rhode Island, 1937.

BRISTOL –  Sketches of old Bristol, Charles Orrin Freeman, Roger Williams Press, Providence, Rhode Island, 1942
KENT – History of Washington and Kent counties, Rhode Island, including their early settlement and progress to the present time; a description of their historic and interesting localities; sketches of their towns and villages; portraits of some of their prominent men, and biographies of many of their representative citizens, J.R. Cole, W.W. Preston & Company, New York, 1889.
NEWPORTHistory of Newport County, Rhode Island. From the year 1638 to the year 1887, including the settlement of its towns, and their subsequent progress, Richard Mather Bayles, Editor, L.E. Preston & Company, New York, 1888.
PROVIDENCE History of Providence, County, Rhode Island, Volume 1, Richard Mather Bayles, Editor, W.W. Preston, New York, 1891.
PROVIDENCE – History of Providence, County, Rhode Island, Volume 2, Richard Mather Bayles, Editor, W.W. Preston, New York, 1891.
WASHINGTON – History of Washington and Kent counties, Rhode Island, including their early settlement and progress to the present time; a description of their historic and interesting localities; sketches of their towns and villages; portraits of some of their prominent men, and biographies of many of their representative citizens, J.R. Cole, W.W. Preston & Company, New York, 1889.