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”

Throwback Thursday: Laura and Almanzo

This photo is not mine, of course. But when I realized that today is the wedding anniversary of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder, I knew I had to post it here. Laura, 18, and Almanzo, 28, had planned to marry in the fall of 1885. She and her mother were thinking about the wedding dressContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Laura and Almanzo”

Throwback Thursday: Papa and the Pony

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had come across a box of old photos I hadn’t been able to locate since I moved three years ago. Here is another treasure from that box, a picture I hadn’t seen in years. The photo shows my maternal grandfather, Ralph DeRicci, probably around 1920, astride aContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Papa and the Pony”

Day 6: Sparks, Nevada, to Auburn, California

We spent about a month this summer on a 7,000+ mile road trip across the country, from the Washington, D.C., area to California and back. I began posting privately about the trip while we were gone, but we’re home now, so I’m updating my posts with photos and making them public. Here is a rundownContinue reading “Day 6: Sparks, Nevada, to Auburn, California”

Throwback Thursday: Committing Acts of Genealogy

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,Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Committing Acts of Genealogy”

Throwback Thursday: The Germania

My great-grandfather Francisco Petrini emigrated to the U.S. on this ship, the S.S. Germania. He boarded the ship in Naples, Italy, and arrived at Ellis Island in January 1904. My grandfather was born two years later. (The Germania was built by the Scottish shipbuilding firm Caird & Co. for the Hamburg American steamship line.)

Throwback Thursday: Indomitable Mary

Today I found a box of family photographs I’d been searching for since we moved three years ago. It contains, among others, this 1922 photo of my great-grandmother Mary Bartocci Tomassoni and her four children. Her husband, Antonio Tomassoni, had been killed the year before in a coal mine collapse, leaving her alone at ageContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Indomitable Mary”