German Burdick Update
(You may remember that the May/June issue of the Burdick Newsletter centered on the work Josef Bauerdick is doing to identify a link between "our" Robert Burdick of Rhode Island and the Burdick/Bauerdick families in Germany. Josef's extensive research has verified that the name "Burdick" existed on records in Germany as far back as 1563, and there are probable "Burdick" connections back two hundred years earlier. Following is an update of Josef's continuing research, with the help of several other family members. Take notes, there will be a quiz later! - HB)
Josef has been working with Dr. J. Alan Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the continuing struggle to establish the Burdick English connection. Jim engaged a professional genealogist in Devon, England to trace the Burdicks. His result: the surname "Burdick" appeared 1641 in Exeter. All former surnames had different spellings. It's the same old story, every search in England ends in an impasse. But they're not giving up just yet!
Graham Burdick (email@example.com) (by the way, check out Graham's web site at http://www.gb.clara.net - HB) in Norfolk, England is searching the Army Records of the English Civil War. As Graham reports, Josef has suggested that some of the German mercenaries, who were known to have fought for King Charles against Oliver Cromwell, could have been early Burdicks. Both Prince Rupert von der Pfaltz and his brother Moritz commanded English Cavalry regiments during this period, so there is a documented North German connection. These cavalry units were defeated at the famous Battle of Naseby in 1646 and the survivors had to flee to escape Cromwell's revenge. This is just a few years before Robert Burdick appears in Rhode Island.
Quite independently (and serendipitously), another German connection has been made. Maria Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) , who lives in Munich, made contact after seeing the Burdick Family web site. She reports that her father is a member of the most important historical society of Westfalia and is now helping Josef in the search for Burdick ancestors in the Büren area. It turns out that Maria's father has also been in contact with Dr. J. Alan Burdick since the beginning of this year. He and his sister (Maria's Aunt) had already started doing research on their family history with help from experts at the "Verein für Geschichte und Altertumskunde Westfalens", which is an association for investigations into Westfalian history. Maria's father is a long-standing member. Maria will report the findings as they become available. And finally, Maria is putting other Burdick family members in Büren in touch with Josef so that he can contact them directly.
And one more interesting turn of events has occurred. Some of you may have heard the stories of a possible Burdick connection to Spain. As the story goes, the first Burdick may have been Spanish and appeared in Devon, England as a survivor from a destroyed ship of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Maria may have an opportunity to visit the Bavarian archives, which may hold some useful records of the events. A friend of Maria's, who is a journalist in Spain, will search the 1588 shipping records of the Armada to see if she can find a connection.
Research continues. No definitive answers yet, but a lot of smart people on both sides of the Atlantic are working on the problem. As you can see, connections can come from anywhere, so if you think you have any information, no matter how seemingly unimportant, or if you know someone who you think can be of help in the search, please contact any of us! You can be assured of updates as they come in.
The Ryan Reynolds Report
(A while back, I issued a request for family members to send words of encouragement to Ryan Reynolds, who was going through Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB in Texas. You came through, and so did Ryan. Ryan received many cards from his Burdick cousins. I personally thank those of you who helped him. Ryan's Mom, Susan, was gracious enough to send a report on how our Airman is doing. - HB)
Hello, fellow Burdick family members!
I've got to apologize about how overdue this is. I am so bad about keeping up connections, I know it's one of my worst traits. I don't even feel I can use the "I'm exhausted" excuse because, honestly, I would be like this anyhow - I'm probably just worse because of my Fibromyalgia. One has to change as one ages, or die trying, and I am making an effort to give some priority to "connections" in my second fifty years.
The support the Burdicks showed for Ryan during boot camp has been absolutely astronomical. I appreciate it so, so much. He said that for a few days, until he figured out what was happening, he thought he was going nuts. Is that funny or what? He said he'd get perhaps 5 pieces of mail every day. He'd look at the envelopes and think, "I don't know anyone in Connecticut, Nevada, Oregon, Wisconsin, or Kentucky! This must be a mistake." He really appreciated what all of you did and I know that it gave him encouragement to persevere.
I'm much overdue in my report on Ryan's graduation from Air Force basic training. It was great and Ryan has done a fantastic job of getting himself into a more-mature frame of mind and is on a more productive road. It was wonderful to see him, but even better to know that he's proud of himself and has made some real changes in his thought processes. I'm proud and although I knew he could do it, I am relieved. I came home tired and sentimental but happy. And, yes, I bawled when they did a fly-over at the graduation ceremonies and they played that Air Force song. (Sniffle, Sniffle)
Other surprises on the trip were mainly that I had no idea Texas was so attractive. The last time I was there it was on a car trip with my parents when I was 14 and my camera melted on the dashboard. Other than that, all I recall from the trip was great steak dinners, flat land, heat, and steer horns mounted on the hoods of trucks. Perhaps we were lucky this time, San Antonio gave us gorgeous weather. Although I had little time or energy to spend on doing anything but hanging out with Ryan, I would not mind going back when I had more time.
We did go to Sea World and to a minor league baseball game where the graduating class was allowed to go for their big "Class Outing" (kind of like the FTA trip to Washington DC we all took in high school). Bill, Ryan and Kate did a quick stop at the Alamo to say they'd been there, but I took the opportunity to sleep in that morning.
The day after we left Texas, Ryan also blew town but he was off for more school at Sheppard AFB up in the Texas panhandle. After graduating second in his class in egress systems, he's coming home. Come July 2 he'll be back here in Arlington, VA for a week. We'll get to spend the 4th of July on the banks of the Potomac River with three of our four offspring, watching fireworks over the river, just like when they were little. Ahh, memories.
Sometime near the end of the following week, Ryan will head south, driving that precious piece of metal that has been sitting in our garage since he left for basic training. He will be part of the USAF Special Operations and key Air Force missions based at that exclusive, but tiny, AF bastion, Hurlburt Field in Florida. Miniscule Hurlburt sits along the gorgeous white sand beach of the Gulf coast at the east end of Eglin, the largest Air Force base in the United States. Thankfully, Ryan is not overly dazzled by his impressive assignment and will settle for letting me be the braggart in the family. He is, however, looking forward to the new work.
I so appreciate the support you have shown to Ryan and to me while he was withstanding the rigors of basic training at Lackland. We'll never forget it and want you to know how much we appreciate each of you.
Warm Regards, Susan
Burdick News... Up-To-The-Minute!
In addition to his genealogy research, Josef Bauerdick (email@example.com) has begun a nice email correspondence with two other Burdick family members, Betseylee Browning (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Barbara Hoevel (email@example.com). It turns out that Betseylee and Josef are related! And the relation is not through the Burdick name, but through a common ancestor appearing 50 years before the first German Burdick was even mentioned! In 1504, Elsyken (Elisabeth) Schulte, daughter of Josef's ancestor Schulte von Kirchlinde, married Wilhem Schroider (Schroeder) from Hagen. The marriage was documented at the monastery of Oelinghausen on February 21, 1505). This particular Schroeder family also appears in Betseylee's ancestral tree. There is also mention of a König family from Hellefeld in Betsylee's records, and Maria König ( 1747-1820), from the same family, was one of Josef's ggggg-mothers. Small world, isn't it?
Judy Allen Cwiklinski (JudyKCski@aol.com) , IBSSG, the New York GenWeb coordinator for Steuben County reports that Nellie Johnson's book, "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island" is on-line and accessible through your Internet browser at http://www.genealogy.com The bad part is that you have to pay to view it. It costs $9.99 per month (plus a few cents for other charges) or $49.99 for an annual subscription, charged to your credit card. I checked it out and it has its good points and bad points. It's laid out on a page basis, mirroring the structure of the book, so you can page through it as you would the hard copy. This can make perusing and rapid page-flipping quite difficult, but all the information is there in an easy-to-read format. Naturally, it doesn't understand Nellie's numbering nomenclature (those of you who have seen the book know what I mean), so tracking a line from one generation to the next is tedious, but doable. The most powerful feature is the search capability. Even though the searches are simple character strings, I was able to find any name I wanted. So, as your fearless (gutless?) Newsletter Editor, I can say it's a good product. Is it worth $9.99 per month? I don't know. If you want to look at the book but don't have a genealogy library close by, or if you don't want to spend $150-$200 for a reprint of the book, this is a viable alternative. When you consider that you can read many, many other family's genealogies beside just the Burdicks (for those of you who are researching multiple families) and you have access to lots of other historical documents at no extra cost, it's a great deal. One last word of caution: the subscription is set up on an automatic recurring basis, so once you've signed up you'll be charged every month until you cancel. I haven't tried canceling, so I can't speak for the procedure. There, you've been warned (no emails blaming me, OK?)
Speaking of Burdick books, let's not forget Dakin Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Indiana who is also digitizing Nellie's book. As reported a few months ago, Dakin has become bogged down with his real career (how dare him!) He's been promoted to working full time at Indiana University after receiveing his Ph.D. and is teaching four classes, to boot. Add in on top of that his martial arts dedication, helping out with the German Burdick research, and other assorted tasks... well, you get the picture. The book is completely digitized and awaiting proofreading (thanks to those of you that have helped, we haven't forgot you!) Dakin hopes to get back to the project soon. I think what he will produce will be vastly superior to the version on Genealogy.com. It should have some really cool data base capabilities, but completion is still a ways off. So don't be surprised if you get an email from me soon asking for volunteers to do more proofreading!
In the last Newsletter, Joe Burdick (email@example.com) mentioned seeing Lisa Burdick on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" in late March. We have a winner! Don Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) knows Lisa, she's his daughter! The show aired March 27, 2001.
For this Newsletter, Joe Burdick (email@example.com) has some sad news to report. He recently lost two family members. Florence Alice Burdick, Joe's Great Grandmother, passed away in March at the age of 95 in New Port Richie, FL. In late May he also lost Warren Burdick, his Grandfather and Florence's son. The loss of Warren is especially difficult because Joe discovered his enjoyment of genealogy through him. He was a wealth of information about the Burdick family. I know we all feel the loss, but what he gave Joe will continue to live! By the way, Joe produces his own semi-annual email Newsletter for his immediate family, but he'll add your name to the list if you drop him a line -- I'm signed up!
Jean Stanley (firstname.lastname@example.org) has come across some families named "Budarick" in Palmer Rapids, Ontario and was wondering if this could be a variation of "Burdick". Jean says there's quite a few German immigrants in the Eganville area of Ontario, too. Anyone know more?
Grant Burdick's (GBurdck@aol.com) Mom continues to improve from her heart surgery. She is home, completely off the ventilator, and looking great! Grant says she is weak and needs a walker, but is really doing wonderfully. No apparent brain damage, just weakness from being bedridden so long. She is exercising and waiting to see if she regains all her original strength. Grant says that five months ago she was just hours from death. Four months ago he thought she was going to be a vegetable. Three months ago he felt she would never walk again. Two months ago she seemed like she would be dependent on the ventilator. Grant knows God has been kind, his parents just celebrated their 53rd anniversary. He wishes to thank all of those praying Burdicks!
I think that's an appropriate way to end this Newsletter. I want to thank several of you who have responded with words of encouragement concerning the new Burdick web site, http://www.burdickfamily.org. It's a long way from completion, and I'll be adding to it in the coming months. I also wanted to let those of you who have sent me family and historical Burdick pictures know that I have them all saved, I just don't know how I'll be dealing with them yet on the site. Thanks for your patience, and "keep those cards and letters coming in!"
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