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"
(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"
Eight years…can it really be that long? My trusty Underwood typewriter, its ribbon now worn, keeps me company as I write. A gift from my great-aunt Detty, it once belonged to my great-grandfather Thomas McGinnis, who used it to write an autobiography of his adventures at sea. Actually, it’s eight years and two days…171 posts, and 30,959 page views. … Continue reading "Motivation Monday: Eight Years of Sharing Stories – and Here’s to Many More!"
Yours truly comparing notes with Jacqi Stevens When you write about family history, it’s nice to read the work of others. It refreshes your perspective, gives you insights you might not have had, and exposes you to different writing styles. It’s even more fun when you can meet the writers behind the works. This past … Continue reading "Follow Friday: Master Weaver"
“I want you for my Valentine, So herewith I will shout it. And now the question’s up to you, What will you do about it?” Today I’m taking a break from the usual family stories of the past that typically appear here. (Warning: it gets more sentimental than usual. If you are family, you’ll have … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: A Valentine to The Ones I Love"
By Power_of_Words_by_Antonio_Litterio.jpg: Antonio Litterio derivative work: InverseHypercube (Power_of_Words_by_Antonio_Litterio.jpg) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons One of the wonderful things about writing a blog is discovering a wonderful community of people with similar interests and challenges. In the case of a family history blog, there is a large and delightful community of fascinating, well-read, and articulate writers … Continue reading "Taking the Plunge"
Last week my fellow family historian, Kathy at Abbie and Eveline, surprised me by awarding me the “Liebster Blog Award.” Kathy writes heartfelt stories about her two grandmothers, Abbie Webber and Eveline Coates, the stories they shared with her, and their wise influence on her life. I am most grateful for her kind recognition and … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday – Grateful and Paying it Forward"
Remembering those who have gone before us Graveyard at All Saints Church, Burton-Dassett, Warwickshire, England, where some of my husband’s ancestors are buried. At the Chancery of the Roman Catholic Diocese where I work there is a small chapel, and this morning many of us gathered there for Mass to observe the Solemnity of All Saints, known in other Christian … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: For All Our Saints"