52 Ancestors, Week 6: Social Media

I have some lines of my paternal grandmother’s ancestry traced back to the 1500s and 1600s. I would like to say that is the result of hard work and multiple trips to Italy to comb through church and commune records. Yes, I have done a lot of research (the kind that, unfortunately, does not involvedContinue reading “52 Ancestors, Week 6: Social Media”

52 Ancestors, Week 5: Oops, Wrong Village

It’s Week 5 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project, created by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. The theme this week: Oops. My “Oops” moment is about the process of uncovering the past. My grandmother had always told us her family was from Serravalle, a village in Marche, Italy. By the time I first visitedContinue reading “52 Ancestors, Week 5: Oops, Wrong Village”

52 Ancestors, Week 4: Mary’s Beauty Shoppe

For the fourth week of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, the theme set by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow is Education. This was a hard one for me. I like to post something visual, and the thing that came to mind first was yearbook photos of my mother and father. But those didn’t seemContinue reading “52 Ancestors, Week 4: Mary’s Beauty Shoppe”

52 Ancestors, 52 Weeks, 52 Themes

Earlier in the month, I posted about the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, encouraging participants to explore something in our family tree each week, based on a weekly theme set by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. At the time, I listed the themes for the month of January, but I realize I have not yetContinue reading “52 Ancestors, 52 Weeks, 52 Themes”

52 Ancestors, Week 3: Out of Place

It’s time once again for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project! This is a challenge started by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, who sets a different theme for each week of the year. For Week 3, the theme is Out of Place. The ancestor I’ve chosen to highlight for this one is Giovanni DeRiggi, myContinue reading “52 Ancestors, Week 3: Out of Place”

52 Ancestors, Week Two: Piccioli Family Portrait

It’s the second week of genealogist Amy Johnson Crow’s “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” project. Last week, for an ancestor I would like to have met, I climbed my mother’s branch of the tree and talked about her remarkable maternal grandmother, Mary Bartucci. This week, I’m moving over to my father’s side — specifically, toContinue reading “52 Ancestors, Week Two: Piccioli Family Portrait”

52 Ancestors, Week 1: Mary Bartocci

Yesterday I posted about the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project, run by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. Each week I’ll be responding to a prompt designed to encourage exploration of someone in my family tree. Today’s theme asks for a discussion of an ancestor I would love to meet. I want to write about myContinue reading “52 Ancestors, Week 1: Mary Bartocci”

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

There’s a new challenge starting this week. It’s called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Each week, genealogist Amy Johnson Crow will post a prompt encouraging participants to explore a person in our family tree. This doesn’t have to be in a blog post. It could be a journal entry, a letter to a relative, aContinue reading “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks”

Throwback Thursday: Boardwalk Update

A couple days ago I posted a photo of my grandparents that I was surprised to find hidden behind another photo in a picture frame. It appeared to be from the late 1930s, and I speculated that it might have been taken on their honeymoon. In that post, I suggested several possible locations. Since then,Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Boardwalk Update”

Throwback Thursday: Hidden Treasure

This evening, I brought out an old photo of myself as a baby this evening and pulled it out of the frame to scan it. And behind it in the frame I found this picture, which I have never seen before! This is my maternal grandparents, Norma Tomassoni DeRicci and Ralph DeRicci. From their apparentContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Hidden Treasure”