Found Family: Rybak's Ice Cream Store
by Wendy, www.retirement-online.com
Rybak's Ice Cream Store: The Fisher Family (formerly Rybak's)
I have been researching my family tree on Ancestry.com and love finding those tiny leaves on my tree (hints). A few are not my family, and I ignore, but the majority, by far, are all family hints -- documents from birth to death, photos, links to other family trees where more connections have already been made! FUN FUN!
This is about my husband's family tree. We've known that the family name, Fisher, used to be Rybak long ago. Ryba = Fish in Polish and thus Rybak was changed to an Americanized version of the name, Fisher. As I started to dive into his research, I found family a few generations ago, where some took the new version of Fisher, and others kept Rybak.
Now and then I do a Google Search when I feel stuck. Sometimes something interesting pops up!
At one point, I googled "Rybak in Michigan" and up pops -- Rybak's Ice Cream Store in Port Austin, Michigan. Oddly enough, many of Terry's ancestors lived in Port Austin while working at the Quarry in Grindstone City, Michigan. Hmmm, too good to be true? Probably!
So weeks ago, we took a day trip up one side of Michigan's thumb and down the other side. I wanted to see the coast a bit, as we are looking at cottages on the water. We really didn't consider looking for his family as it's too hard to find them many many years later, right?
On the drive, Terry remembers Rybak's Ice Cream Store... and we find it on the map. Once Again, oddly enough, we are quite close to it. Off we go in search of it, and we FIND IT.
I take photos of the outside with RYBAK on it... love simply seeing the ancestral name on something! Woot!
We go inside and Terry yells out "Any Rybak's here?" The guy behind the counter says, "We are Fishers now." Terry replies "I'm a Fisher too!"
Bottom Line: Terry's great grandfather and the shop owners great grandfather were brothers!
They pulled out a few family documents from under the counter and I took photos to add to the story.
Terry bought a t-shirt that says "Rybak's Ice Cream store" on it... and loves having that name on it!
Isn't that WILD?