Sunday, April 26, 2015

Surname Saturday: Koricina

Surname:  Koricina

Surname Meaning:  Unknown.
Country of Origin:  Slovakia, Brestovany, Bucany 
Location of my Hellers:  Slovakia
Spelling Variations:  Korcina

Other Notes:  None
The surname is part of my maternal family, on my KONDRC side.  They first entered into my family (as I know) around 1840's when a daughter  was born.

Descendants report:

1. Stephan Koricina was born in 1824 in Slovakia (most likely Brestovany/Bucany)  and died on 26 Jan 1894.  He married Maria Kadlec around 1855 based off birth of first daughter.  

Children on Stephan Koricina and Maria Kadlec
i. 2. Anna Koricina born 9 Aug 1844
ii. 3. Stephan Koricina born 20 Feb 1846
iii. 4. John Koricina born 3 May 1848
iv. 5. Catherine Koricina born 12 Nov 1853
v. 6. Maria Koricina born 5 March 1857 in Brestovany, Slovakia, died 1 Dec 1912.

2. Anna Koricina - No Data

3. Stephan Koricina married Anna Vojtech (b. 9 Aug 1844)

4. John Koricina married Anna Nisnansky (b. 1854)

5. Catherine Koricina married Michael Ondreska

6. Maria Koricina married Michael Kondrc (b. 1842)

Children of Michael Kondrc and Maria Koricina

i. 7. Ursula Kondrc was born on May 4, 1892 and died on Oct. 20, 1892.
ii. 8. Terezia Kondrc was born on Sep. 27, 1890 and died on May 23, 1895.
iii. 9. Ursula Kondrc was born on May 26, 1889 and died on Jun. 25, 1889.
iv. 10. Maria Kondrc was born on Jan. 31, 1888 and died on an unknown date.
v. 11. Josef Kondrc was born on Aug. 28, 1886 and died on an unknown date.
vi. 12. Frantisek Kondrc was born on Dec. 15, 1884 and died on Feb. 1, 1895.
vii. 13. Anna Kondrc was born on Jul. 11, 1883 and died on an unknown date.
iix. 14. Steve Kondrc was born on Nov. 26, 1881 in Czech Republic and died on Sep. 2, 1958 in Kittanning, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, USA.
ix. 15. Jan Kondrc was born on Apr. 5, 1880 and died on an unknown date.
x. 16. Veronika Kondrc was born on Jan. 5, 1878 and died on Mar. 28, 1879.

Without pulling out all my KONDRC line information this is all the information I currently have on my KORICINA line. Any one with any information please let me know.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DNA Day 2015

This Friday is DNA day once again, and it brings me back to the question of what have I benefited from my DNA.  It has been a few years since I purchased a DNA kit from 23andMe, and for the most part it just confirmed what I already knew about my family lines.

With DNA day also comes some nice discounts for some of the kits, I have searched a little and have only seen FamilyTreeDNA offer about 20$ off most of their kits, AncestryDNA does not show any discounts as of yet.  And I don't know any other testing places anymore.

Maybe I was expecting some grand revelation with using DNA, but every match I have seen on 23andMe has been at least 4 generations back and we have yet to make a confirmed match.  I have also used GEDMATCH, which is interesting but once again its 3.5 generations and still no matches to be found. I have also used my 23andMe kits on FamilyTreeDNA, but this was recent so still on the fence about this also.

If anyone has any thoughts or opinions or even pointers on how to use my 23andMe data to get more details about my family let me know.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Brick Wall: Sister Cecilia Kondrc

I am back trying to connect the dots for Sister Cecilia Kondrc.  From previous posts you know she had a book written about her, and a LIFE article.  I am still looking for the CLIMAX! made for TV movie "The Deliverance of Sister Cecilia" (1954).

 I only know she was a relative of the family (Aunt) at best based off information that I have gathered over time.  From word of mouth, pretty much the same things have been said.  She was somehow related to my Steve Kondrc (my maternal great grand-father).

I did a little bit more searching and found some new pages (mostly images)

Slovaks of Chicagoland
Slovaks of the Greater Mahoning Valley

And below is a post card which may be addressed to her parents, or another relative, if anyone can decipher the writing please post below.

From my reading it says "Sr M. Makavio Kondrcova"

Back to information that I know:

Cecilia Kondrc was the daughter of Jan Kondrc and Anna Kondrc (dont know mother's maiden name). I believe that she was born in Brestovany on August 8, 1911. In the book "The Deliverance of Sister Cecilia" she mentions that she lived in a small village outside of Bratislava. Her father joined the army in 1917 (Farmer), and she has a few siblings which names might have changed from the book (Tonka/Mary Kondrc Hudek-Canada/Agnes)

Sister Cecilia passed away on January 20, 1985 in Crown Point, Indiana.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SNGF: Ancestor Score 2015 edition.

Last year Randy had us do the SNGF for our Ancestor Score.  I pulled up last years to compare to this years to see if I actually made any progress.

After reading other folks comments I decided to use Family Tree Ahnentafel Report to view my line.

GenRelationshipPoss. People# Found% Completed
4Great GrandParents88100
52x Great GrandParents1616100
63x Great GrandParents321854
74x Great GrandParents642132.8
85x Great GrandParents1284232.1
96x Great GrandParents2564417.1
107x Great GrandParents512193.7

The is one is for 2013.    A quick looks shows that I have made some progress.  I have found about 40 more connections.  Overall not to bad of a year, I hope by the end of 2015, I will be able to equal the amount of names from 2014 or even possibly double the amount of "found".

GenRelationshipPoss. People# Found% Completed
4Great GrandParents88100
52x Great GrandParents1616100
63x Great GrandParents321854
74x Great GrandParents641929
85x Great GrandParents1282217.1
96x Great GrandParents256259.7
107x Great GrandParents512193.7

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Records Year in Review

Last year around the same time posted about FamilySearch and what collections they had for the new year, and also how many records were new/updated.

Last year FamilySearch updated/added a total of 770 collections of records.  Once again this does not go into all the details of how many actual records were updated/added, just the number of collections.

In 2014 they added/updated 741 collections.  Not a bad average if I say so.  Looking back at previous post I have made about FamilySearch updates we can try and get an estimate a possible scale of how many actual records have been added.

For instance

United States Census: 1860                                                                       2013: 5,302,012
                                                                                                              2014: 27,106,888

West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970                                                     338,410 03 Jan 2014
                                                                                                      1,504,135 23 Jan 2014

Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910                           8,887,032 9 Nov 2012
                                                                                                    13,829,595 06 Oct 2014

England and Wales, Death Index 1800-1920                                   40,618,506 02 Jan 2014
                                                                                                   87,446,270 04 Sep 2014

England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800-1920                              35,117,915 01 Jan 2014 
                                                                                                   95,810,909 09 Oct 2014

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards                       (April 2014) Images Only
                                                                                                  10,047,318 26 Dec 2014

Nebraska, State Census, 1885                                                            169,869 17 Apr 2014
                                                                                                        747,367 05 Dec 2014

Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906                                         40,818 16-Apr-14
                                                                                                             50,161 30 Dec 14

Belgium, Li├Ęge, Civil Registration, 1621-1910                                         55,048 16 Apr 2014
                                                                                                          79,005 02 Jan 2015

As you can see this is just a few of the ones that I scanned through to get a rough number of records actually updated over the course of a year.  Most of these are first "recorded" as in I posted about the updates in April of 2014, and then since then with the last updated date, and new numbers.

Just taking into account of the above 9  "updated" collections we sit with over 1 million records updated over the course of 2014.  Well 146,091,968 records roughly, my math might not be 100% accurate, but that is a pretty good number for such a small group I selected.  Now take that over all the 1873 collections currently sitting at FamilySearch, I wonder where we sit with the amount of records updated over the course of the year.


Recommendation for Genealogy Software?

So I thought I had a newer version of Family Tree Maker but I am using 2012 version, and it being 2015, I figured I should at least entertain the idea of new software if needed.

I know a few of the other software out there RootsMagic, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeMaker.  Is there other ones?  Which ones would you suggest?  Is there a valid reason to update from 2012 to another product?

What would be some of the benefits of upgrading and or changing to another product?  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Uploading GEDCOMS for Hints

I was reading over at Genea-Musings about FindMyPast and how they have hints, and also on FamilySearch where they also have hints.  Both sites which I have accounts for but was unsure I ever uploaded a GEDCOM.

The first site I went to was FindMyPast, which my account still works, but there was no GEDCOM ever uploaded.
Step 1, create a new GEDCOM,
Step 2.  Upload said GEDCOM.

That was pretty quick.  Now I waited to see what hints might pop up.  After about a 1/2 hour I had 14 hints that were available.  Then I realized I needed a subscription to verify said hints.  Currently none of the hints were of any real importance as they were for some of the off-shoots of my family tree.

Next I went to FamilySearch, which I thought only member of the LDS could upload GEDCOMs so I never looked into it.  I logged into the account and all I could find was to create a tree from scratch until I did a Google Search for 'Upload GEDCOM FamilySearch".  I am sure there were directions somewhere but it was quicker to do the Google Search.

So back to Step 1, and then Step 2.

Now I am sitting at the screen with 600 potential matches, 676 need to be added to the tree and 1000 invalid and living.  This might take longer then I expected to go through.  Should be a fun project probably over the course of a month or so.

I do like that I  have the possibility of more ways to get hints, but now I have to remember if I update in one place I have to update in another place also.

I currently have a trees at:

And I would bet that is the most accurate, followed by FamilySearch and FindMyPast.  I have not even logged into Geni in probably 6 months, same with MyHeritage.

Wish there was an easier way to sync all these online accounts to have the same information.
If there is such software please let me know.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

PA Death Records: 1906-1963 (updated)

Once again I must have missed the news, but the PA Death Records over at have been updated once again.  Last time I looked it was 1906-1924, now they are all the way up to 1963.  So I started to go through my tree again and look up everyone in PA during that time frame.

Last time I was able to get about 10 records, and was able to break down 2 brick walls,  Tonight's adventure was good found about 25 new records, but no walls were knocked down in the process.  I was able to add a few parents to some off shoots of the family, but nothing main line.

Now to wait till the go earlier then 1906 and then I will be able to resume my searches online.