In genealogy there's a common phrase used for an ancestor or line that dead ends, they're called a "brick wall". In my family my paternal great grandfather, John Merlowicz, is a "brick wall", so-to-speak. So is his wife, Isidora Dorthea Swojbocan. I've hit walls before, usually I find a way to jump them, but this one has been almost insurmountable. Sunday, I visited the LDS Family History Center. It had been awhile since I'd checked Ancestry and I felt prompted to try variations of GGrandfather's last name.
This time "Merlowicz" had several hits. My GGrandfather on the 1930 census and several other men carrying the same surname: Hramar Merlowicz, Fed Merlowicz, Fedio Merlowicz, Michal Merlowicz, Micolaj Merlowicz, and Nicolaus Merlowicz. Common demonimator? Pauszowka, Czortkow, Galicia. As if finding the information on all these men wasn't sweet enough my GGrandfather's naturalization records popped up as well. The spelling is no longer a question. He now has a birth date and a birth place. So, GGrandfather Merlowicz, if you're listening, "I love you and I promise, I promise, I will find our family-they will not be forgotten!"