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Bjick family

There is simultaneously a great wealth and great lack of information about the Bjicks who left Pomerania in 1863. They sailed from Hamburg and arrived in Quebec, where the immigration clerk misspelled their names in inventive ways. How they crossed the border into the U.S. and traveled to Chicago is unknown.

There were three families […]

Gionti family

Stella Cilento is a town in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. Stella has been home to the Lippi family for about nine generations.

While there are many blanks in the history of the family, the one that most interests me has to do with my paternal great grandfather, Giuseppe […]

The Minisink

Eleanor Decker (EEG’s 5x great grandmother) was born in 1756 — exactly two hundred years exactly before I was born — in the Minisink Valley, specifically in Walpack, Sussex County, New Jersey. She married Cornelius Ennis (a veteran of the Revolutionary War) on 22 Sep 1781, had three kids, and died in 1791 at just […]