Six More Weeks of Winter for 2023

It’s Groundhog Day 2023! This morning, the world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his winter home and saw his shadow. Again. In other words, Phil predicts that we’re getting six more weeks of winter. (Here’s a link to live footage of Phil from this morning.) Of course, Phil is not the only prognosticatingContinue reading “Six More Weeks of Winter for 2023”

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”

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: 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”

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”