Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 Today, on this Fourth of July, as the United States turns 242 years old, my mother, Joan (Schiavon) Huesca, would have turned 90. We lost her 31 years ago this Fall. Sometimes it seems as though I saw her only yesterday. Other times it feels like it … Continue reading "Happy Birthday, Mamma!"
(Originally published April 23, 2013, and updated June 1, 2018) I am a proud member of Geneabloggers Tribe, and before that a member of its predecessor, Geneabloggers, Thomas MacEntee’s web-based group of family history writers and genealogists. It includes over 3,000 members – that’s 3,000 blogs – from all over the world. I joined in 2012 … Continue reading "It’s an Honor to Meet You…"
John Francis Mattarocchia (1948 – 1969) I spent Memorial Day this year with my cousin, John. I came across him about eight months ago for the first time in the way distant cousins sometimes meet these days, on the Internet. His name had just popped up, as names do, in the course of researching my … Continue reading "He Gave Not Some, but All"
My Dear Great-great Grandparents, François and Catherine, A reminder popped up on my calendar today that you, Francois, died of meningitis 127 years ago, on May 25, 1891. It prompted me to reflect on your lives and the values you imparted to your descendants, now seven … Continue reading "Letter to My Great-Great Grandparents"
Eduard Baron (1825 – 1921) In the first half of 1848, as 22-year-old Eduard Baron pressed through the crowd onto the ship that would take him from his native France to America, he must have had been overwhelmed by a rush of emotions. Whether he felt elation, anticipation, wanderlust, trepidation, or sadness at leaving loved ones … Continue reading "That Pioneer Spirit"
Selma (Kangas) Tully (1894 – 1949) Selma (Kangas) Tully, about 24 years old. Anaheim, California, November 24, 1919. In this day and age, it is common to see hundreds, sometimes thousands, of photographs marking the great and small events of a person’s life. In the case of Selma Tully, however, we have … Continue reading "Mystery Monday: The Distance between Two Pictures"
Matt Oskar Kangas (1876 – 1971) Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in; and lend a hand. – E. E. Hale Matt Oskar Kangas was born to overcome obstacles. “That’s Life for You,” by Madjag. Creative … Continue reading "Motivation Monday: Look Up, Look Forward, and Lend a Hand"
Arthur Raymond Tully (1897 – 1984) Arthur, we hardly knew you. Arthur Tully When your name came up in conversation, as it did from time to time, it was in disjointed bits and pieces, with little to connect them except for the few vital facts about you that most family trees contain. Those facts … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: Legacy of an Ordinary Life"
John Terrence Cherry (1907 – 1956) …A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. – Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities John Cherry’s sketch and signature on one of the pages of his high school textbook of Charles Dickens’ … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: A Stranger’s Kindness"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Not until the early 1980s did time finally begin to catch up with the couple who had deftly evaded its reach their whole lives. Benita (McGinnis) McCormick gazes lovingly at an oil portrait by artist Mary Rowley of her husband, Philip McCormick, on their 50th wedding anniversary, at their San … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Sailing New Worlds Together"