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December 2012 Blog Posts (22)

2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Schedule announced


Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on December 31, 2012 at 9:29am — No Comments

New Year's Eve Break Through CASPER ie KASPER from Rottweil on the Necktar, Germanic region 1835+

CASPER ie KASPER,  From Rottweil on the Necktar region of Germanic region.

Antonio Casper came to Ohio,   and married a lady and had three boys, but he did this without release from wife and family in region listed above.  

Boys, William and John, and baby brother Samuel, lived with Mother at time of divorce in Cinncinati, OH 1852.

Daughter from above region wrote and told him not to come home due to his new arrangement, that his wife worked hard…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on December 30, 2012 at 7:01pm — No Comments

A Quiet Man

Lately I have been thinking about my Dad's father.   He passed away when I was seventeen, and although I had known him all that time, I haven't appreciated something wonderful about this quiet man.

I called him Nono, the Italian word for grandfather.  I remember him as someone who sang Italian songs softly, and told the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  I would beg for this story until he would acquiesce, telling it the same way over and over, making his voice sound mean when…


Added by Karen Malena on December 30, 2012 at 7:13am — No Comments

My Mother's Kitchen Volume 1, Pietro's Song

In the warmth of her childhood home, forty year old Kate discovers a captivating, old family photograph and a legacy emerges of a man, her great-grandfather, a poor Italian immigrant who paved the way for their close-knit family.

     In Karen Malena's emotional new short story series, become immersed in the bond between Kate and her mother as they share coffee, pastries, and heartfelt stories in the coziness of her mother's kitchen.

     A simple black and white…


Added by Karen Malena on December 30, 2012 at 7:11am — No Comments

Ellis Island, Gateway to a new life

Karen Malena is today’s Adventurista 

What was it like for newcomers passing through Ellis Island?

I wondered this, and more, about the brave souls who left the old world to pass through ports of entry like Ellis to begin a new life for themselves.

Did you know you can find the names of the actual ship that…


Added by Karen Malena on December 30, 2012 at 6:54am — No Comments

A Figure Larger than Life

One faded black and white photo and my life would change.......


     Sifting through old photographs one day with my mom, I felt drawn to one of a young man in dirty overalls, haunting eyes, and beautiful hands.  When she told me this was her grandfather, Pietro, and she never knew him, I hungered to know more about him.

      He came to this country in the early 1900's looking for work and a new way of life for his wife and four children.  My great-grandfather, Pietro…


Added by Karen Malena on December 30, 2012 at 6:52am — No Comments

James French of Conn/PA/NY

James W. French was possibly born in New York in 1821 his father James French was born in New Fairfield Conn in 1798 and moved to Bradford Co. PA as a boy with his family. He may have lived in New York City where he moved after fighting in the War of 1812. He is said to have worked as a printer although we have no proof this particular James French we found in Ward 4 is our ancestor. So here I follow the two James French's and I loose them in New York. Where in New York were James W.…


Added by Lorraine Brelsford on December 29, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

I spend a lot of time digging through the handwritten census on Internet Just trying to make some connections with my FRENCH family research.

Added by Lorraine Brelsford on December 28, 2012 at 11:20am — No Comments

Merry Blessed Christmas to All & Blessed Joyous New Year

May your day have been joyous and fulfilling. May your new year be even better.

Remember your fellow man and we are all to treat each other as belonging to us.

We need to remember the Reason for the SEASON, not just the day, or the week or the month.

May our next year be genealogical fulfilling and family improving.  

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on December 25, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

GenealogyBank: Genealogy Records You Can Find in Newspaper Archives

Genealogy Records You Can Find in Newspaper Archives

Courtesy of: Genealogy…

Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on December 20, 2012 at 1:02pm — No Comments

RootsMagic App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Now Available


Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on December 17, 2012 at 4:41pm — No Comments


If anyone knows the whereabouts of my daddy who was last seen behind a tombstone please contact me because I miss him!” These are the words of Sonia Rosenblatt from a letter she wrote to the Irish Jewish Genealogical Society which was founded by her father Stuart over 14 years ago,so its safe to say Stuarts family life has suffered since he started…


Added by Robert Hallion on December 17, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Help Wanted Transcribing Public Domain Books About Texas History

I have several ebooks about Texas (or a particular area of Texas) that I would like to transcribe / format for posting on the Texas county pages at Trails To The Past. All of these books are in the ‘public domain’ (not copyrighted) and were written in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s.

The books contain history about the state, Texas counties and cities as well as biographies…

Added by Charlie Vines on December 14, 2012 at 1:08am — No Comments

Share A Family Recipe for a Chance to Win my Book and Money from

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The holidays aren't complete without that special family recipe. Archives wants to celebrate your family's favorite holiday recipes. Between now and 12:00pm (PST) on December 21, 2012, enter the Archives Family Recipes Contest for a…


Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on December 11, 2012 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Reminiscence and Life Review – The Experience of Melancholy

I was speaking with a friend the other day about my observations of some of the people that I work with, explaining that for some people, there is a melancholy in their recollections of the past and where they are today. My friend told me how much she loved that word, ‘melancholy’ and how distinctly different it is from the current usage of the word ‘depression.’



Added by Stefani Twyford on December 7, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments

The Irish Jewry

 I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Stuart Rosenblatt  for an upcoming "radio package" on the Irish Jews and their roots and I will shortly post a link to that interview.Stuart has spent the last 14 years painstakingly researching the family trees of the Irish Jewry and his Family History Database contains  information on over 48,000 individuals.If anyone needs…


Added by Robert Hallion on December 5, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

looking for parents of Berthy S. Loudermilk

All I know is she was in the household of A.T. Loudermilk in the 1910 Census. She was 9 yrs. old and A. T. granddaughter. Was B: in West Virginia. Her grandmother was Rosanna f. Loudermilk. Any help would be appreacated. Can contact me here or at

thank you for your time.  Gail

Added by Gail Annette Sawyer/Hinton on December 4, 2012 at 9:40am — 3 Comments

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