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The Wander and Martin Families Website

Updated June 24, 2001

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The Wander family is a large and illustrious family. It's origins stem from a small towns in Galitzia (To view a map click here). It later moved to the USA... Mckeesport, Pa. For some that name may not mean anything, but for others it is the center of the universe! Let me take you on a guided tour of the Wander family...

Let us start with the first known Wander in America. His name was Nachmen Wander. He came to the US in 1906 and become a US citizen in 1916. Click here to see his immigration papers. Little is known about him other than he created a nice business from nothing, brought over the rest of the family from Europe, was married to Shandel (Sussie) and had ten children. (One which is still living in Miami, Fl. Helen,1904-)

He brought over my great-grandfather and great-grandmother, Oscar (pronounced oo-sher),1882-1941 and Esther Etel Gold,1880-1964. She had four children, Jacob,1912-1968, David,1916-, and Max,1919-1969. She also had a daughter that died as a baby (I believe in Europe). Jacob (known as "Jackson" to his loved ones) was the father of my father, Philip,1940-. He had six siblings (known as the seven Wanders of the world). Their mother was Helen Zwibel,1910-1979. I am Joshua,1970-, and my children are Nathaniel,1998-, Hanna Rose, 1999-, and Ethan Benjamin, 2001-. That's the short story...

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    This is one version of the Wander family tree.
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    This is a tree of my mother's famly (Courtesy of Ricki Zunk & David Kendall)
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