Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I know it has been a while since my last post. I have been having a hard time trying to find anymore information on my family. I do not know where else to look. I can not find my great-grandfather Peter's grave. Does anyone have any advice for me?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thoughts on Being Buried

Some of you may never think about what you want to happen to your body when you die. I know I haven't, but my parents have. They are both going to be cremated. So now you may be wondering what will I do about marking their burial spot. Well, we have a family plot that my great-grandparents bought. There is enough room left in the plot for my parents, my brother and my self if we are all cremated. When the time comes I will put a grave marker down even if it is not where they lay, just to show that they lived. I think more families should put down a marker down for the decease so that their future children may have a chance to visit.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Losing a Baby

The saddest thing I have encountered throught out my journey is seeing the graves of babies. Majority of the babies I saw did not even make it a week, or a day. It must have been terrible for the poor mothers. I am just glad that did not happened to my family, at least as far as I know. Some of the babies made it to a month. Even seeing the children graves was sad. They were so young and had the whole world ahead of them, but were unable to have their chance.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lost Cemetery Plot

I have come to the conclusion that I will never find my great-grandfather Peter Makosiej. I have been to the Princeton, Sterling, and Clinton Town Halls to see if they could find the record of Peter, but unfortunately I have had no luck. My mom thinks that maybe they did not have a lot of money and ended up getting buried somewhere without a grave marker.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ellis Island

Now that I know Agnes' last name I continued on with my research. I went to Ellisisland.org, it is a free site. Since I have the year if birth for her I got an accurate record for my great-grandmother. Her ethnicity is galicy. She is originally from Wieozazrice, Germany. Agnes came over on the Friedrich der Grosse, a steamship from Germany. She arrived August 31, 1901 at the age of 21 and unmarried.

The image above is a postcard of the steamship that my great-grandmother travelled on.

(Image courtesy of http://www.norwayheritage.com/p_ship.asp?sh=frigr)

I am now wondering if I am trully Polish like my father is saying were are. There is still my great-grandfather Peter to search for, but so far I am coming up with nothing. Hopefully, the Princeton Town Hall will be able to help me find the grave marker of Peter.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Grave Searching

I do not know why I did not think of doing this sooner. I went to the Parker Cemetery in Princeton. I knew that our family plot was there and that my aunt, uncle, grammy and grampy were buried there. However, I did not know that my great-grandmother Agnes was buried there. Unfortunately, her husband was not buried there, but I do have more gravesites in Princeton that I can search. I now have her maiden name and will be able to do further search. I have confirmed that her husband was Peter and not Michael. So the search continues.

Friday, April 16, 2010


I know I posted in one of my earlier posts that both my great-grandfathers had the same first name. I have now found something else that shows that his name was really Peter. The information about the children, wife, birth place, death, and place living are all the same. Curious!?! My search shall continue.