Irish Cred

Some of you know that both our daughters wed this year. (1) Both grooms have notable Irish heritage, each with a first-generation grandfather, born here to Irish immigrants. One couple has visited Ireland; the other one is already talking about it…

Some of you know that both our daughters wed this year. (1)  Both grooms have notable Irish heritage, each with a first-generation grandfather, born here to Irish immigrants.  One couple has visited Ireland; the other one is already talking about it.  I can’t offer any Irish roots but the Father of the Brides can. Continue reading “Irish Cred”

Church Record Sunday – Origin of a ‘Family’ Name

I went in search of the church marriage record of my great grandparents, Sadie and Lemuel, charmed by the fact that they wed in the city where I have been living for many years. That journey was marked by a series of newbie-mistakes but, in the en…

I went in search of the church marriage record of my great grandparents, Sadie and Lemuel, charmed by the fact that they wed in the city where I have been living for many years.  That journey was marked by a series of newbie-mistakes but, in the end, I did find the record in the Jackson Square Methodist Episcopal Church Records, held by Lovely Lane Museum & Archives. That’s not the story here.  This is. Continue reading “Church Record Sunday – Origin of a ‘Family’ Name”

Ephemera

“Ephemera” is defined as “anything short-lived…items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc.”That is the catalog term used to describe what I recently viewed at the Portsmouth (NH) A…

“Ephemera”  is defined as “anything short-lived…items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc.”

That is the catalog term used to describe what I recently viewed at the Portsmouth (NH) Athenaeum last month. Continue reading “Ephemera”

The Odells of New Hampshire

I have to be upfront about this. I’m married to an Odell and I’ve given birth to a couple of ’em, but I’m not really one myself. That doesn’t prevent me from nosing around the family history with great enthusiasm. I got started two years ago, whil…

I have to be upfront about this.  I’m married to an Odell and I’ve given birth to a couple of ’em, but I’m not really one myself.  That doesn’t prevent me from nosing around the family history with great enthusiasm. Continue reading “The Odells of New Hampshire”

Meet Nelly Webb, Eminent and Eccentric

Earlier this summer – just to keep my hand in – I went on a few cemetery field trips right here in Baltimore. A friend and colleague taught a graduate level public history course on cemeteries and allowed me to tag along on the Saturday field trip…

Earlier this summer – just to keep my hand in – I went on a few cemetery field trips right here in Baltimore. A friend and colleague taught a graduate level public history course on cemeteries and allowed me to tag along on the Saturday field trips. Continue reading “Meet Nelly Webb, Eminent and Eccentric”

Back in the Saddle

After three and a half months of wonderful alternative activities, I’m back in the genealogical world. Bear with me, this re-launch post is really a travelogue – if you like cemeteries, you’ll love it. If you like Texas, you’ll also love it. This …

After three and a half months of wonderful alternative activities, I’m back in the genealogical world.  Continue reading “Back in the Saddle”

A Year of Family Epic

It’s been a year and three days since I posted my first entry on Family Epic, appropriately titled Getting Started. According to Posterous, this is my 67th post – one post for every 5.5 days, although that average is skewed by my recent Spring Bre…

It’s been a year and three days since I posted my first entry on Family Epic, appropriately titled Getting Started. Continue reading “A Year of Family Epic”

April 3, 1971

Day 15 Rome-Home TWA jets you non-stop, arriving same day. I didn’t see how it could be Day 15 already – but on the other hand I wondered how we’d seen & done so much in the 14 days just passed After breakfast we finished packing and put our bags …

Day 15 Rome-Home TWA jets you non-stop, arriving same day.

I didn’t see how it could be Day 15 already – but on the other hand I wondered how we’d seen & done so much in the 14 days just passed Continue reading “April 3, 1971”

April 2, 1971

Had again reached that day when you think of how much you still wanted to see & how best to spend the hours you have left – As we had arranged our tour guides picked us up for a trip to the Vatican – Our bus traveled along the Tiber River on anoth…

Had again reached that day when you think of how much you still wanted to see & how best to spend the hours you have left – Continue reading “April 2, 1971”

April 1, 1971

After breakfast we headed back to the Trevi Fountain shops – where we’d seen glove & shoe shops that looked promising – & they were. Up to this time we’d seen this famous landmark in moon lite, in full sunshine, at sun set & this morning we saw it…

After breakfast we headed back to the Trevi Fountain shops – where we’d seen glove & shoe shops that looked promising  – & they were. Continue reading “April 1, 1971”