Italian Roots

My Dad is Italian American. His dad, Antonio DellaVecchia was born in Italy in 1903. His Mom, Clara (Chiara) Moro was born in New York City in 1911 to Italian Parents. I haven’t done much research on his family as I feel woefully inadequate as a researcher. Since completing the Boston University Certificate Program inContinue reading “Italian Roots”

A New Puzzle

Yesterday, I attended the annual Wreaths Across America event in Brooklyn. Since I was going to be there my sister-in-law asked me if I minded checking out her grandparents graves at¬†Cypress Hills Cemetery¬†no problem. She gave me her grandparents names and that they were in the Whitehead plot but she had no clue who theyContinue reading “A New Puzzle”

‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving

Twas the day before Thanksgiving and I have been focusing on family and the blessings of life as is the norm this time of year. I am thinking of those who came before and those who may come after. I am feeling incredibly blessed for all that I have. There have been several of thoseContinue reading “‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving”

52 Ancestors – The Old Homestead

There are families who stay in their homes for generations upon generations, but not mine. Growing up my grandparents had a farm in Peru, NY but they were the first family to live there. My grandfather’s family had a farm that their family was on for over 100 years and then his family decided toContinue reading “52 Ancestors – The Old Homestead”

52 Ancestors – In the Census

Week 5 of the challenge was In the Census. Census are one of the main records, I use when I look into the family history. Every now and then I will revisit a census record to see what other clues can be found. I also now go and read the enumerators instructions to better understandContinue reading “52 Ancestors – In the Census”

Welcome!

Meet Earl and Frances (Stewart) Witherwax, my maternal grandparents and the reason I started this family history journey. My Grandma was my initiation into our family history, though Grandpa took us everywhere. I think he did it to humor Grandma at first, though he was fabulous at throwing out comments like “I knew we wereContinue reading “Welcome!”