Saturday, February 14, 2015

Alma Galli Martinkus

Last week I posted a photo of my Aunt Olga. Today I am posting a photo of my mother, Alma Galli Martinkus (Martin). Alma was known as Anna most of her life and at some point in the family's life, the last name was changed to Martin. How ironic going from a fairly unique name to a fairly ubiquitous name. Anyway, my mother was born in Brockton, Mass. on 8 November 1923 - the middle child! Here is a photo of my mother. Do you see the resemblance between her and her sister Olga? And if you knew me, you'd say I look like both of them.

Alma Galli Martinkus

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Uncle Benny Sauka

So here's another mystery for me, my Uncle Benny Sauka, standing on the far right. He was my mother's brother but that's all I know about him. I haven't found any information about him. All I have is this family wedding photo, taken in 1972 at a family wedding. Actually posting this photo is a bonus because there are other members of the family in it for whom I have no information as well. Sauka was my maternal grandmother's maiden name. I know this is her brother because the bride in the photo is my oldest sister. So this is another post to the universe. Anyone look familiar to you?

(l-r) standing - Aunt Stacey Kilenius, Aunt Catherine Butkus, the bride, the groom, Uncle Peter Kilenius, Uncle Benny Sauka and seated - Grampy Anthony K. Martin

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Olga Mary Martinkus

My Aunt Olga was the oldest of the three children in the Martinkus family. She was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on 1 October 1917. The family lived in Brockton until sometime in the mid 1930s, when they moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. I have Massachusetts Marriage Index that says she was married sometime in 1939 as listed in Cambridge, Mass. After that, the trail goes cold most probably because of her married name, which I don't know. Even any notification of her death is eluding me. So I'll post her photo here. I don't know anything about the photo - when or where it was taken. Aunt Olga looks relatively young, but other than that, I can't make any assumptions about her. Except that she looks like her sister, my mother Alma Shanks, and by proxy like me. A happy coincidence!

Olga Mary Martinkus

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Famous Sauka

Just found a link to a noted Lithuanian artist Šarūnas Sauka. I wonder if we are related???

Šarūnas Sauka

Saturday, January 31, 2015


I love maps, and I've been searching for a good map of Lithuania that shows the town my family hails from. I found this one online from It shows the county of Telsiai, where the town of Luoke is.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Baltic States

I have been looking around for a good map of the region that includes Lithuania. Naturally there are lots of maps to be had on the world wide web. So far, the map I like best is this one. Mostly I'm happy because it shows the county my family is from in Lithuania - Telšiai.

map credit: World Sites Atlas World Sites Atlas

Sauka An Austrian Name

I did my DNA profile with Ancestry in 2014. Part of the analysis said that the name Sauka is largely an Austrian name. Does that mean I may have ancestors in Austria too? Cool to think about!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Blogger Ninja

It's fascinating to consider
I could be a blogger Ninja.
Watch for updates twice a week
Cast a net far and wide.
Always reaching, hoping, searching
The world wide web inside

The Sauka Family

I have been searching my maternal grandmother's family here in Massachusetts as well. Here is a wedding photo from 1972 that mentions an Uncle Benny Sauka. The main reason for setting up this website is to connect to other family members. I think by posting regularly and adding photos to the posts, they will turn up in someone's Google search. They'll say "Oh! There's my dad Benny Sauka." So I'll be posting regularly in the hopes of perhaps someday reaching out to new family members.

(l-r) Aunt Stacey Kilenius - Aunt Catherine Butkus - Barbara Shanks - her ex husband unnamed in photo - Peter - Uncle Benny Sauka - Grandfather Anthony K. Martin (Martinkus)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Barbara Sauka Martinkus

Finally had a chance to upload photos. Yes! My big sis gave me lots of photos - yay. This is a photo of my big sis with our maternal grandmother Barbara Sauka Martin (Martinkus). Big sis is named after her. The photo was not dated but it's sometime between November 1952 and April 1953. Big sis looks pretty young in the photo and appears dressed for her christening, so this is only a guess but a pretty good one.

My maternal grandmother, Barbara Sauka Martin (Martinkus) holding my big sis. Sometime between November 1952 and May 1953.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

World War 2 Old Mans Draft

My maternal grandfather, Anthony Martin (nee Martinkus) registered for the "old mans draft" to serve in World War 2. Attached is an image of his draft card. This was the very first clue I had to learn about my birth mother's history. Attached is a copy of Grampy Martin's WW2 draft card.

Anthony Kasimer Martinkus World War 2 draft card front
Anthony Kasimer Martinkus World War 2 draft card back