Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Young Man with the Mustache

Young Man from Gargzdai, Lithuania - probably a Birck relative
Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Challenge on Genea-Musings this week is: Men with Facial Hair.

As soon as I read the challenge, I knew exactly who to feature: The Young Man with the Mustache.
Studio info on back of Young Man's photo

At top, the Young Man in question--probably a younger brother of my paternal grandfather Isaac Burk (1882-1943), born in Gargzdai, Lithuania.

When grandpa Isaac and five other siblings came to North America, they left behind their parents--Solomon Elias Birck and Necke Gelle Shuham Birck--and the Young Man, if we're interpreting the photos, stories, and records correctly.

Alas, I don't know the handsome Young Man's name, but I have his face in two photos. He was a boy in one photo, and a young man here. At right, the studio info on back of the Young Man's portrait.

The Young Man appears as a boy in a photo shared by my 2d cousin, the granddaughter of Isaac's brother, Meyer Berg (1883-1981), who also came to America.

We don't know the fate of the Young Man, I'm sorry to say, but we can see the strong family resemblance to my father and his first cousins. More research is in my future. Perhaps I'll find some clues when I attend #RootsTech as a #FirstTimer and go to the Family History Library?!


  1. I love his mustache, but don't you wish that our ancestors had labeled all those photos where they knew everyone in them?

  2. Oh, Linda, I wish our ancestors had labeled all their photos. It would make me feel great to memorialize all ancestors by name, instead of having to nickname this gentleman "the Young Man with the Mustache." Since I don't have a time machine, my solution is to caption all of MY photos so future generations will know who's who! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

  3. That's a great photograph of a young man with a great mustache! Isn't it frustrating to have family photographs and not be able to identify who's in them? I hope you can find out.

  4. Oh, those unlabeled photos! I hope you can solve his identity.