Update on the Charton Family Ancestry Search.

I filled in some more things, as I have towns in Europe.  The common element?  The towns my mother’s parents and father’s great-grandparents came from were once in Poland.  Now, they are in Ukraine and Belarus.

Europe is full of places like that.  Alsace-Lorraine, Transylvania, to name two.

Now, I live in the one place in the United States that has something like that; the American Southwest, which was Spanish, then Mexican, and since the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the 1853 Gadsden Purchase, part of the United States.

Journalist Anne Applebaum told a story of a 92 year man, who never left his village, but was ruled by five different governments.  I can’t even imagine.  Well gee, I didn’t move, but they changed things around on me.

Besides Charton, the other names I have are Wolfman, Israel, Halpern and Honig.  It’s an interesting journey, but I need to limit it, so I can get my writing done.

Charton is an occupational surname.  The English equivalent would be Carter.  Israel and Wolfman are obvious.   Honig is a German name meaning a honey seller.  Halpern is from Helperin and Heilbronner.  Heilbrunn is a city in Germany.  The Ukrainian cities are Przemyslavny and Bela Tserkov in Ukraine, Mazyr in Belarus.

Some of my readers know I have been in Poland.  This is another possible adventure in that part of the world.




About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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2 Responses to Update on the Charton Family Ancestry Search.

  1. It is interesting what you learn by doing family research.

    I came across this type of thing in my own genealogy. I was looking at one person. In one census, it said he was from France. In another, it said he was from Germany. I only could make sense of this when I saw a third census that mentioned Alsace. With a quick web search, I came across the history of Alsace-Lorraine.

    The German-French border regions are quite fascinating from a historical perspective. All border regions are fascinating, but that particular border region has had massive change over history. I also have some family from the English-Scottish border. Both these border regions were created by Roman expansionism.

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