My Grandfather and the President

I just realized that today is the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was shot in Dallas, Texas, on 22 November 1963. I’m not old enough to have any memories of that day. But my grandfather knew JFK; he was treasurer of his presidential campaign for the state of Pennsylvania. ResearchingContinue reading “My Grandfather and the President”

Throwback Thursday: Giovanni and Rosalina

Lately, my genealogical researcher has shifted from my father’s side of the family tree to my mother’s. And here is a photograph from her ancestral line. This is my mother’s paternal grandparents, my great-grandparents. They are Giovanni (John) DeRiggi and Rosalina (Rosa) Ambrosini DeRiggi. John DeRiggi (1878-1955) was born in Cicciano, a village outside ofContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Giovanni and Rosalina”

Throwback Thursday: My Mother, the Pinup Girl

I mentioned recently that my mother let me borrow a lot of old photos from her side of the family, so I could scan them all. This one is a treasure. This is my mother, back when she was a pinup girl. A newspaper on an Air Force base published her picture one month asContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: My Mother, the Pinup Girl”

Pro Football Player in the Family

I’d been told that we once had a professional football player in the family, but I only recently discovered more, through my family history research. Freddy DeRiggi was a nose guard for the Buffalo Bills in the 1990 season, his one and only year as a pro. Before that, he played for Syracuse University. HeContinue reading “Pro Football Player in the Family”

Throwback Thursday: My Mother’s Side

Much of my genealogical research so far has focused on my father’s side of the family, but I have been lately spending more time on my mother’s family. When I visited her last week, she let me take home a lot of old photographs to scan. I’ve only just gotten started, but here is oneContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: My Mother’s Side”

Throwback Thursday: Nana

Yesterday, September 28, would have been my maternal grandmother’s 107th birthday. In reality, she died young, at only 58 years old. But here she is as a baby, looking sweet and innocent and totally oblivious to the difficult childhood she would have. Norma Tomassoni was only six years old and the oldest of three childrenContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Nana”

Colonel Anne of the Jacobites

I’ve posted often about my genealogical research, but only about my own family. I’ve also gotten interested in my husband’s family, though I haven’t done a lot of research yet. And tonight I learned of a remarkable woman who may have been an ancestor of his; she was born into his mother’s Scottish clan, theContinue reading “Colonel Anne of the Jacobites”

Throwback Thursday: Playing Soldier

I am still working on scanning all of the old family photos my father and stepmother passed on to me this summer. This is one of my favorites. This photo shows my father’s family, and was almost certainly taken in Pennsylvania, where they lived — most likely in 1944, judging from the apparent age ofContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Playing Soldier”

Throwback Thursday: I Remember Papa

Today would be my maternal grandfather’s 108th birthday, so for Throwback Thursday, I’m posting a photograph of him as a child. I do not have a date, but this was his First Holy Communion photo, so it’s probably early in the 1920s. My grandfather was born in 1914, the son of Italian immigrants. When heContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: I Remember Papa”