Throwback Thursday: Committing Acts of Genealogy

One of my late-night genealogical finds was this photo of Father Giuseppe Farroni (1825-1906). He was a priest and Augustinian friar who was the last Augustinian to celebrate mass in the Church of Sant’Agostino in Mondolfo, Marche, Italy. Father Giuseppe is one of those relatives in my maternal grandmother’s family who is not in a direct line, but I do love the photo.

I was up way too late last night committing acts of genealogy. A 4:00 am bedtime for one night wouldn’t be that big a deal — though, wouldn’t you know it, I woke up at 7:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep.

Unfortunately, I also got to bed at 6:00 am the night before that, because I was busy coaching my son through a class assignment. That’s something he hasn’t needed since high school, but he had already missed the deadline, was beginning to panic, and needed some handholding. He’s taking an online summer school class to get some of the general requirements outside of his major out of the way.

As a result of all this not-sleeping, my brain is fuzzy, I’m a bit nauseous, and I’ve decided not to try to edit any chapters of my novel for now. I’m afraid I would introduce new plot holes while trying to fix the old ones I’ve already identified.

The genealogy, on the other hand, is progressing nicely. I was thrilled last night to find a whole new line of the Piccioli family. (That’s my paternal grandmother’s maiden name.) I’d already found many, many Piccioli ancestors, and now I have found a lot more, and have a lead on probably dozens more of them, if I research all the brothers and sisters and cousins and not just the direct-line ancestors. I just wish I could find as many Petrini relatives!

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