(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…"
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"
Making Memories Around the Table Left to right: John Charles McGinnis Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis, Alice McGinnis, Thomas Eugene McGinnis, (John’s wife) Edith (Hoag) McGinnis, cousin Eileen Kelly, and Benita McGinnis. Photo taken at the McGinnis home, 8336 Drexel Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, sometime between 1914 and 1920. Like many a family in the early twentieth century, my … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Sunday Dinner"
Joan Joyce Schiavon (1928 – 1987) My mother, Joan Joyce Schiavon Age 26 Chicago, 1954 “So when are you going to write about my Grandmother?” A few evenings ago, my son, Michael, asked the question I have avoided for far too long. I told him I was trying to work toward … Continue reading "My Wonderful Mother"
Calling W6RMQ . . . We lost Dad (aka my father-in-law, Welner “Bing” Tully) three years ago today. He had been in hospital for about a week after his heart and kidneys failed, and he was on his way home when he died in the ambulance as it left O’Connor Hospital. Dad was a … Continue reading "Calling W6RMQ . . ."
Patricia Ann Fay Born: 12 July 1923, Stuart, Iowa Died: 16 January 1997, San Jose, California Faith, family, and charity were the recurring themes of Patricia Tully’s life. Born the youngest of eight children to Daniel Francis Fay and Sarah Ellen “Ella” Riney on July 12, 1927, in Stuart, … Continue reading "Patricia Ann Fay"
“Where the Flowers is…” One of the great things about writing family history is that you get to write about whatever and whomever you want. One the of the hardest things about it, though, is that sometimes the things or people you want to write about are so close to you that it’s difficult … Continue reading "Where the Flowers Is: How Dad Impacted the World"
A legacy renewed, a cause for celebration On a cold wintry morning on the eve of the Civil War some 150 years ago, a dashing red-headed French baker and a wide-eyed, dark-haired Irish seamstress pledged their undying devotion in a loving embrace before God as they were joined in marriage in a small Catholic … Continue reading "A Legacy Renewed, A Cause for Celebration"