Echoes of our Ancestors

Gilbert Cayetano Huesca (1915 – 2009) Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) If you’ve ever thought about writing down your family stories, don’t overthink it or wait until the “time is right.”  Just do yourself and your descendants a favor.  Get busy and start writing. Though I have been writing this blog for a dozen years, … Continue reading "Echoes of our Ancestors"

Amanuensis Monday: “Nuptial Blessings of Our Very Illustrious Lord”

Marriage Record of José Cayetano de la Trinidad Huesca (1815 – after 1860) María Josefa Rodríguez (1821 – 1897)   [Note:  Amanuensis is an ancient word meaning one who performs the function of writing down or transcribing the words of another.  Derived from the Latin root manu-  , meaning manual or hand, the word also has been used as … Continue reading "Amanuensis Monday: “Nuptial Blessings of Our Very Illustrious Lord”"

Happy Birthday, Mamma!

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!"

It’s an Honor to Meet You…

(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…"

He Gave Not Some, but All

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"

That Pioneer Spirit

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"