Podraza Family Genealogy Forum
1.What is an SS-5 form? And no, the $27. would be worth it if it provides parents names.
2. I can't remember who came up with the notion that Benedikt might have been Jewish. I imagine that it was speculation as no one knows anything about Benedikt's ancestry.
3. Madeline (various spellings exist) Smyth was from Greeley County Nebraska. She was a farmer's daughter there when Benedikt arrived in about 1916. Greeley was established as an Irish-American farming community. Originally the Catholic Church bought 25,000 acres there and then sold it in parcels to folks who moved from the east. Madeline and Bennie lived and farmed in O'Connor / the Visitation Parish. The other "competeting" parish was Sacred Heart in the town of Greeley (once called Greeley Center). There was a mission church in nearby Scotia.
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