52 Ancestors – Week 11 – Large Family

I swear I overthink each and every prompt to the point where I am frozen until I can move forward. For this one I finally decided to write about my 2X Great Grandparents, Leslie Beardsley and Sarah Larkin Beardsley. They had quite the opposite of a large family. They only had 2 children Minerva RuthContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 11 – Large Family”

52 Ancestors – Week 10 – Bachelor Uncle

As you can tell I am behind with the prompts. So much going on and I actually have a bunch of posts I want to do not related to the 52 Ancestors prompts. Hoping to get myself on track this week with a schedule. My bachelor uncle is my Uncle Calvin. Uncle Calvin is myContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 10 – Bachelor Uncle”

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 7 Love

If you have been reading along for a while you will know that I absolutely adore old newspapers. I am constantly scouring the New York Historical Newspapers website for tidbits about family. One day while researching I found the following about George and Dorcas Weatherwax, my great-great grandparents. The above article appeared in theĀ  NovemberContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 7 Love”

52 Ancestors – Week 5 – In the Library

This week’s theme is “In the Library”. Back in the 1980’s I used to spend summers with my grandparents up on the farm. The farm was located in Peru, NY on a dead-end road. We were the only people who lived on the road. The farm was bordered by an apple orchard and the Northway.Continue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 5 – In the Library”

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”

Dreaming of Warmer Days & Research Trips

It is a rainy and rather dreary day here in Queens, I am stuck at work. I am dreaming a research trip or two. I am at the point in some of my lines where I need a good old-fashioned boots on the ground research trip. I haven’t been to a library or an archiveContinue reading “Dreaming of Warmer Days & Research Trips”

52 Ancestors – Week 3 – Unusual Name

Last year for 52 ancestors there was a post about unusual or Favorite names and I wrote aboutĀ 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”

‘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”

The quest to clear an AIR!

What is an AIR? An air is this pesky thing in the DAR. It stands for Additional Information Requested and right now it is the bane of my existence and I am thinking a couple of research trips may be what I need to do. Here is the situation. I am working on proving myContinue reading “The quest to clear an AIR!”