Mappy Monday: The Schiavons and the McCormicks in the 1940 Census

  Map shows the walking route that sisters Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon (House “A”) and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (House “B”) might have taken to visit each other’s families in 1940 Chicago, Illinois.  (Courtesy Google Maps, 2012) Visiting the 1940s Chicago of the Schiavon and the McCormick families, we can see the beginnings of a decade of change for … Continue reading "Mappy Monday: The Schiavons and the McCormicks in the 1940 Census"

Born Going Up in the World

Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca  (1928 – 1987) 1928 was a year of prosperity, hope, and bravado. It was the middle of the Prohibition era, and Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States.  The U.S., along with 14 other countries, signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, also known as the Pact of Paris,  a treaty that condemned … Continue reading "Born Going Up in the World"

Amanuensis Monday: A Grand Aunt

[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-  manual, or hand, the word also has been used as a synonym for secretary or scribe.]   Benita Elizabeth McGinnis (1889 – 1984) From my Grand Aunt Benita … Continue reading "Amanuensis Monday: A Grand Aunt"