When I was very young, I was certain that one of the highlights of my mother’s high school career was that she got to paint the big toe of her high school’s patron, Saint Thomas Aquinas, on a life-size mural inside the school entrance sometime in the mid-1940s. She was proud of her small contribution … Continue reading "The Catholic Educators in our Lives"
History classes bored me when I was young. They seemed too focused on battles, dates, and dry facts and names that meant nothing to me. Aside from those who interested me, such as Galileo Galilei, Henry XIII, Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, and Charles Lindbergh, most of the people in my history books had no seeming … Continue reading "History is Our Story, too"
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"
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 a … Continue reading "Amanuensis Monday: “Nuptial Blessings of Our Very Illustrious Lord”"
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"
Joseph Edouard Baron (1825 – 1921) * In 1848, as 21-year-old Eduard Baron pressed through the crowd onto the ship that would take him from his native France to America, he must have been overwhelmed by a rush of emotions. Whether he felt elation, anticipation, wanderlust, trepidation, or sadness at leaving loved ones behind, one … 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"