Reflections & an offer.

So 2018 has been a year to remember good and bad. As I get older I try more and more to roll with it. The good Gerard retired. Chiara was accepted into her dream college for her dream program. Jimmy made the transition to middle school seamlessly. I attended the Genealogical Research Institute in Pittsburgh.Continue reading “Reflections & an offer.”

Decoding those leaves…

  We all know about those shaky leaves on ancestry. See these leaves here they sit for a long time. These in particular because they deal with Irish Ancestry. I you look you will see a lot of Peter, Marys and Bridgets. They give me a headache after a while. Decoding a leaf for meContinue reading “Decoding those leaves…”

A Feeling? Intuition? The Ancestors are calling..

For many years this lady had been an obsession of mine. Her name is Sarah A. Larkin Beardsley and she is my 2X-great grandmother. She lived from 1847-1886 dying at the age of 39. I am working on a profile of her life for my family because I want to share what a kick assContinue reading “A Feeling? Intuition? The Ancestors are calling..”

Yes I do use the leaves!

I had posted yesterday about helping look for a revolutionary war patriot for friends and woke up to a friend wanting some help. After receiving the information, I began a tree and there are all those hints and some potential parent recommendations. Now begins the process of reviewing each and every hint and evaluating theContinue reading “Yes I do use the leaves!”

GRIP Day 4 & 5

some of the new books I acquired this week at GRIP. Day 4  of GRIP continued the whirlwind of knowledge acquired at GRIP. It included lectures on NYC Urban Centers of Research. Different special holdings of libraries and museums and I absolutely loved our Case Study of Joseph Johnson Chase and it really opened myContinue reading “GRIP Day 4 & 5”

GRIP Day 3

Day 3 of GRIP was a bit of a  whirlwind. We covered wills, transportation and military. I was able to glean a few sources out of this overloaded mind of mine. I am sure it will get better when I type up my notes. Wednesday evening a group of us DAR ladies met up andContinue reading “GRIP Day 3”

GRIP – Day 2

Day 2 was another whirlwind of classes here at GRIP. (above is a picture of LaRoche College where GRIP is being held.) The morning started with a class on “Dutch” in NY and how the Dutch may just not be Dutch at all which was quite enlightening. We then proceeded to learning about the landContinue reading “GRIP – Day 2”