52 Ancestors – Week 14- Brick Wall

For the longest time my brick wall was my Sarah Larkin Beardsley. It is probably why I still look for information about her quite often. For me it is more that adding names and dates to a tree. It is about collecting the stories of their lives. I seriously wish I had paid more attentionContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Week 14- Brick Wall”

More about Sarah Larkin Beardsley

If you have been following along for a while you will know 2 things that I really enjoy podcasts and I have an affinity to Sarah Larkin Beardsley, my 2X great grandmother. I have been binge listening to the podcast Research Like a Pro Podcast. It is really well done and I have been learning littleContinue reading “More about Sarah Larkin Beardsley”

From My Archives…

I came across this letter this morning while organizing some files to do a little bit of research. I guess you can say I have been at this for a while and several of the questions in here have been answered. WE have done almost no research on those Stewart or Shumway families. Mostly becauseContinue reading “From My Archives…”

Who were Grandma & Granpa Huttel?

Yes I went down a huge rabbit hole last night and this morning. Especially since Facebook wasn’t working for me. As my last post said I visited St. Michael’s Cemetery in Queens and found this gem of a tombstone and the whole Grandma and Grandpa thing threw me. Especially since they died years before poorContinue reading “Who were Grandma & Granpa Huttel?”

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”

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 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”

52 Ancestors 2019 Edition

Well, let’s hope I complete more of 2019 than I did for 2018. So the goal is more than 13. Wish me luck. Here we go Week 1 – the prompt FIRST…For this I decided to concentrate on my husband’s family and his Norwegian Great-Great Grandfather Neils Osborne.  I always thought the Osborne was IrishContinue reading “52 Ancestors 2019 Edition”

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.”

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”