This week’s theme is commencement or new beginnings. This blog is a new beginning for me and for the Wendells. I thought I would have a “new beginning” by research a line that I had pretty much overlooked before. I picked my Wendel line, and specifically Regina Wendel, my great, great, great grandmother and her family. They migrated to the United States so that is a new beginning for them, too. I have done some research on Regina's husband, Joseph Minarzik (Blog #6--Joseph Minarzik—How Do You Spell That Name), but not Regina.
In the 1860 census, Joseph and Regina have 8 children:
While I am saving them for another day, I also found two of her brothers, Konard and John, in New York City in the 1870 census.
If I could talk to Regina, I would like to know why she and Joseph decided to come to the United States and to live in New York. I would also like to know about her experiences of living in a tenement in New York as well as about raising 8 children.