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My name is John Hornick and I am the Site manager of this site.  My email address is


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16April2014. The same site member who contributed $200 toward the site renewal generously contributed ANOTHER  $200!!! So I purchased another two years for the site. It will now expire 31March2018. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


31March2014.  Our family tree site has been renewed for 2 years (until 31March2016). Many thanks again to those who contributed to the cause.  I collected more than enough money for a 2 year renewal but not enough for a 5 year. For some reason, MyHeritage doesn't offer a 3 or 4 year renewal. I had enough money for a 1 year "Super Search" subscription so I purchased that. To use it, click on the "Research" tab at the top of this screen.


Would you like to add an old family recipe, look at or sign the guestbook, add an article, post a message or add a link to another site? Click on the "Apps" tab near the top of this page then you can click on "My Heritage for Mobile", "Memory Game", "Articles", "Message Boards", "Links" or "Guestbook."  See the guestbook and the message I left (tongue-in-cheek) for myself as an example.


Does anyone have info on any upcoming "Hornick" reunion?  Or any other reunions that you would like to post here?


The Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, where many Ziwiskys and Hornicks went to church, near Clayton, Wisconsin, has a cookbook that you may order. It has many ethnic recipes.  Click on the "Apps" tab, then on "Articles", then "Church Cookbook". 


Looking forward to additions of family names and pictures and facts from any of you who would like to contribute.  If any of you are uncomfortable with adding anything by using the computer, contact me.  My contact info is at the top of this Welcome page. 


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Our family tree is posted online on this site! There are 1691 names in our family site. The earliest event is the birth of Thomas Brown (1735). The most recent event is the birth of <Private> Conley (Feb 19 2014).
The site was last updated on Apr 14 2014, and it currently has 157 registered members. If you wish to become a member too, please click here.  




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Apr 14, 2014
A site member commented on event 78th birthday of Joyce Ziwisky:
 Happy Birthday Joyce. Enjoy your day (translation) eat a lot of cake. 
Apr 10, 2014
A site member commented on event 73rd birthday of Maxie Ziwisky:
 Funny that u 2 r hard to get ahead of ! GLAD to have and or lucky to continue to receive bd wishes. Thank u from an ol cuz. 
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News articles
Obituaries:Frank Zeller Obituary
Posted by: John Hornick on Sep 13 2013 19:39
Just got word that Frank Zeller (husband of Delores Peroff) passed away.
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Announcements:Holy Trinity's Fall Festival
Posted by: John Hornick on Sep 4 2013 05:54

Holy Trinity's Fall Festival and cabbage-roll dinner will be held on Sunday, September 15. Worship is at 9:30; serving of the dinner begins at 11:30. Meal tickets are $10 for adults. Darelyne and I plan to attend. (From Joyce Pohl) For more info, go to

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Family stories:Oliver
Posted by: John Hornick on Apr 10 2013 16:05

Yesterday he (Ollie) locked me out of the house, closed the open window and made sure all the other doors were locked. Then he turned the laundry basket upside down, pushed it to the fridge, got the wii remote off the top, and sat down and played the wii and smiled at me thru the window. {From Margie Grife (Hornick).}

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Announcements:Melissa Hornick is a Rock Star
Posted by: John Hornick on Sep 5 2012 16:18
My daughter, Melissa, told me that she has been elected as Vice President of the University of Arkansas' (Fayetteville) chapter of SGE. SGE is the national honor society of geology students. Way to go Missy!
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Announcements:Cuper-Hornick Reunion
Posted by: John Hornick on May 25 2012 16:15

When:Aug 11, 2012

Where:Dale & Mary Cuper, 286 2nd Ave, Clayton, WI 54004

Contact info: 715 455-1137 or 218 998-5097 or (Correction: Thanks to Polly Walker for catching this!)

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Announcements:Vasily Pristash and Marie Ziwicki on the Wall at the Statue of Liberty's Ellis Island
Posted by: John Hornick on Jan 18 2012 13:48

"I want to let all the Pristash-Ziwicki's know that about 1990, I sent in names and payment to have them inscribed in the Wall at the Statue of Liberty's Ellis Island.

"Vasily Pristash & Marie Ziwicki were entered. So that if anyone travels to NYC, they can be found there at the growing complex. It is the largest wall of names in the world."

Letter from Mary Boscher, January 2012.


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Posted by: John Hornick on Sep 16 2011 16:24
Just changed Caylene's diaper because it smelled like she had left a nice "surprise" in it. However, apparently not---and I said to her, "wow, that had to have been one stinky fart" and she replies, "stinky fart!"--clear as could be. (Posted on Kellie's Facebook page 15Sep2011.) (Caylene is 1 1/2 years old.)
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Kids:Max and Ollie
Posted by: John Hornick on Oct 12 2010 17:25

Margie Anna Grife (Hornick) posted this on Facebook on Sep 23, 2010.

Max (about 5 and 1/2 years old) put socks on before going to bed last night so he wouldn't have to do it this morning. And Ollie (about 1 1/2 years old) is officially the bully in the YMCA childwatch, he hit 3 kids today in only 30 minutes.

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Genealogy:Ziwisky and Hornick family history
Posted by: John Hornick on Oct 5 2010 11:58
There is a member of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (HTOC) in Clayton Wisconsin who is quite knowledgeable about the area where Hornicks and Ziwiskys came from. The area is Galicia. When Max Ziwisky and John Hornick emigrated to the USA in the late 1800's early 1900's, Galicia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Now it is part of Poland. I have been in contact with this man, Alexsis Currier. He has sent me a Power Point presentation about the origin of the HTOC in Clayton, and about the "Homeland". I am sending copies of the CD to those who I am sure are interested. If you are interested too, let me know.
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Kids:Margie and family move
Posted by: John Hornick on June 25 2010 13:45

Charles graduated from dental school at UMKC. Now he has his DDS degree and he is a captain in the Army. Margie, Charles, Ella, Max and Ollie are now in Elgin SC, near Columbia, and Charles is stationed at Ft Jackson. I think they will be there for a year. He has 4 more years to serve in the Army.

Freida is suffering withdrawal but she/we may be going out to see them in August.

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