Dec 10, 2015 5:27 AM GMT
There isn't much knowledge of family tree on my dads side. He was an only child. His dad, a doctor, died young (late 30's) of TB in the late 1940's. My dad never really knew his dad since my dad was only 8 years old at the time of his death.
However, he did just provide me with information about his grandfather. (my great grandfather). A Russian Jew immigrant, that has a travel record at the famous Ellis Island, NY, where all migrates came through at that time. Most came by ship and were registered as passengers.
My dad is 76 years old now and has told me that his mother, my grandmother, would send him from his Midwest hometown (where I grew up), by airplane, to New York to visit summers and I suppose, work with his grandfather who had owned a furniture store and building in downtown Manhattan, off Broadway, near the old-new trade center locations. My great grandfather owned a home on Staten Island circa early 1950's. WTC tower construction didn't start until '68-69
I am not going to give it away here in this public forum but while searching for this furniture store and my great grandfathers Ellis Island info, I ran across a very famous, long standing hardware store in Greenwich Village with the same surname. In the same neighborhood as Stonewall Inn. The original owner of this hardware store, in the village, is also a Russian Jewish migrant that came to America about the same time as my great grandfather. With the same surname, and common stores (one furniture, one hardware), how far of a stretch would it be if my blood line, on dads side, has been finally revealed. My mom side, Polish, we know everything about, but dads side was always elusive.
I am just thrilled finally to get some news on family history. Dad and I were never really close to begin with, I am just glad he finally decided to share this with me. I have never been to New York yet, but according to dads new info, my great grandfathers name is currently on some Ellis Island "plague". Is this the Statue Of Liberty base?
He said, his mom would pin the travel information to his jacket or vest so that the airline, ticket people, stewardess and cab drivers could get him to the correct destination, he was only 10-13 years old
I will now have a reason to finally visit NY
I suppose these were the types of planes my grandmother sent my dad on, by himself. (1950-1953) He said they were prop.
MD DC-6, commercial TWA Constellation