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”

Learned something new…

Today, I watched a webinar entitled Long Distance Italian Genealogy from Shellee A. Morehead, PhD, CG that was on Legacy Family Tree Webinars. My Dad and I had been talking about his family line and we know so little of anyone who was not in the United States. So after watching the webinar where I wasContinue reading “Learned something new…”

52 Ancestors – Week 43 – Transportation

Transportation is an interesting topic when we think of our Ancestors. I am often amazed how far they traveled and the modes of transportation they used. I have ancestors who by horse and buggy, train and ship. Today, I am moving to my dad’s side of the family. Our earliest Italian ancestor in New YorkContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 43 – Transportation”

52 Ancestors – Week 25 – Earliest

This one is an interesting one as I know there are branches that came a little after the Mayflower. (I am still looking for that elusive Mayflower ancestor.) Then I have my Witherwax line that came in 1710 from Germany with approximately 700 families. But for the sake it f this prompt I am goingContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 25 – Earliest”

52 Ancestors – Week 13 – In the Paper

I absolutely love old newspapers. I spend hours upon hours searching papers for hints and clues about my family. I have told you in the past about my favorite site NYS Historic Newspapers. I have also had great success on other newspaper sites. I am not generally a huge fan of Fulton History. When I was doing research onContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 13 – In the Paper”

52 Ancestors – Week 9 – At the Courthouse

For me this prompt was tough. I haven’t been to a courthouse or a town hall in ages, that isn’t saying that I haven’t found legal documents anywhere. Right now I have a super long list of things I would like to find at a courthouse and I even have plans to visit the Surrogate’sContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 9 – At the Courthouse”

52 Ancestors – Week 4 – I’d like to meet

This prompt always makes me want to smile. I spend a lot of time working on my family tree and when I do that I generally let myself listen to my gut and let it guide me because I feel that is my predecessors speaking to me. I would love to meet the following peopleContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 4 – I’d like to meet”

52 Ancestors – Week 3 – Unusual Name

Last year for 52 ancestors there was a post about unusual or Favorite names and I wrote about Bezaleel Wood. When looking at my family and the names none of them seem particularly unusual. Maybe that is because my first name is Chiara. It is a family name, as I am named after my grandmother, whoContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 3 – Unusual Name”