52 Ancestors – Week 14 – Water

The prompt for week 14 is Water. I am going to follow the trend and continue with Gerard’s family as they are who I have been focussing on during this period of social distancing. Gerard’s family is primarily recent Irish immigrants, as in post 1840 or 1850s except for a couple of his lines onContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 14 – Water”

52 Ancestors – Week 13 – Nearly Forgotten

The prompt for Week 13 was nearly forgotten, to me the people in the family tree who died as infants, children, teenagers, young or without children are the ones who tend to not have their stories told. I have been researching on a couple of Gerard’s lines. One of the people I found in hisContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 13 – Nearly Forgotten”

52 Ancestors – Week 12 – Popular

Popular what does that mean? According to the dictionary Popular is an adjective. It means liked, admired or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group. This prompt is going to be tough. I am not big into popularity, I tend to root for the underdog and when it comes to familyContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 12 – Popular”

52 Ancestors – Week 11 – Luck

Luck is a fun topic. I always feel super lucky when I discover something new about an ancestor. My favorite way to learn things is by reading newspapers. I have been working on building out my trees and newspapers have been a great way to do this, especially in less populated areas because everything isContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 11 – Luck”

52 Ancestors – Week 10 – Strong Woman

So for this prompt for the 52 Ancestors Challenge I wanted to choose a different relative in my family. I decided Sarah “Sally” Sawyer Preston would be my choice. I believe Sally Sawyer Preston was born in 1769 to Joseph Sawyer and Judith Kelly Sawyer in New Hampshire. She married Abner Preston on 12 SeptemberContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 10 – Strong Woman”

52 Ancestors – Week 8 – Prosperity

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary prosperity pros·​per·​i·​ty | \ prä-ˈsper-ə-tē  \ Definition of prosperity : the condition of being successful or thriving especially : economic well-being As I thought of this topic, the person who kept coming to mind was my grandfather Antonio DellaVecchia. Antonio DellaVecchia was born 24 January 1903 in Vasto, Chieti, Italy. He left home at the age of 17 toContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 8 – Prosperity”

52 Ancestors – Week 7 – Favorite Discovery

One of my favorite discoveries to date is always in reference to my 2X-Great Grandmother, Sarah Larkin Beardsley. On her tombstone it is inscribed with Sarah A. Beardsley, MD. We always thought it was a mistake. Until I found reference to her in a publication of the University of  Michigan. (thank you Google). and theContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 7 – Favorite Discovery”

52 Ancestors – Week 6 – Same Name

In my family there is no clear cut naming patterns except on my paternal side. They are Italian and the oldest son tends to be named after the paternal grandfather, hence why my dad has a slew of cousins named Dominic. I myself am named after both my grandmothers and I named my oldest daughterContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 6 – Same Name”

52 Ancestors – Week 5 – So Far Away

The prompt for Week 5 of 52 Ancestors is So Far Away. This was a difficult prompt for me because I thought of the journey’s traveled by my family to come to America, whether it was my recent immigrant ancestors on my Dad’s side who came from Italy or the members of my maternal sideContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 5 – So Far Away”