Throwback Thursday: Happy Anniversary

For Throwback Thursday, I’m celebrating the wedding anniversary of my great-grandparents, which would have been this week. Francesco Petrini and Maria Timi were married on 6 May 1902 in Nocera Umbra, Perugia province, Umbria, Italy. I recently got hold of their marriage certificate from the comune in Italy. It’s in Italian, and mostly handwritten, butContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Happy Anniversary”

Throwback Thursday: Four Great-Grandmothers

Someone posted on a family history site, asking members if we had photographs of our great-grandmothers. I’ve mentioned all four of mine at different times, in previous posts about family history. And I have photos of all of them. But I’d never looked at them all together before; I’d always concentrated on researching one familyContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Four Great-Grandmothers”

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”

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”

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”

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”