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From my personal collection, this photograph shows several of the Cambria County, PA Rhoads men in my family tree. Here are their stories.
This is the story of my 3rd great aunt, Rebecca Rhoads Seese (1859-1940).
A 1913 postcard picturing a smiling watermelon wearing a top hat and bow tie. Beneath him are the words: “I’m Your Melon Honey”.
Tragically, Anthony Karatzis (Karr) was struck and killed by an automobile before his 5th birthday. This is his story.
A mature man well into his 80s sports white hair and a thin, wispy, beard. His leathery hands carry a cane as he sits in a carved wooden chair. Who is he and what is his story?
My 1st cousins, 2x removed, Chester Joseph Stuve (1913-1978) was "A good-natured fellow, an enthusiastic athlete, and a diligent student." Apparently his also had a strong neck. Here is his story as told through yearbook photos.
Two well dressed men with closemouthed smiles cast calm and friendly gazes towards the photographer. Germany around 1945.
Viola Waters Bedwell (1916-2000) and her work ethic - “If you didn’t work for it, it isn’t yours.” This is Part 3 of her “Storied Life”.
In the summer of 1949 Georgia Vakendis (1929-2001), my 2nd cousin 1x removed, won a free pint of Cunningham’s Famous Ice Cream. This is her story.
Viola Waters Bedwell (1916-2000) moves her family north. This is Part 2 of her “Storied Life”.
A group gathers for a 30th birthday party. Germany, 1929.
This newspaper article from July 1, 1905 describes the violent mule kick suffered by my 1st cousin 3x removed, William Marion Arvin (1889-1960).
“Papa and mama arrived here all O.K. and left for Penn on the mid night train. Don't look for them home until Mon. night.” - 1910 postcard from Lapeer to Rose City, Michigan.
There’s an oval framed photograph in my family collection that I’ve not been able to identify. Here’s the story of how I took it apart looking for clues.
When you discover a relative in your family tree nicknamed "Rabbit" you obviously have to find and tell his story. Here it is.
“To you, my dear good Walter” - 90 year old photograph of a 1927 engagement party Gorlitz, Germany.
Lydia Schmidt McNamara (1876-1961) was an elegant woman with a fondness for hats, planes, and jewelry. There is photographic evidence that she fancied shuffleboard as well.
Here is a very unique late 1880s cabinet card photograph of two young children, presumably of Asian descent. Can you help me find their story?
Pneumonia was one of the leading causes of U.S. deaths in the early 1900s. It took the life of my 2nd great aunt, Francisczka “Frances” Grzeskowiak (1886-1905). This is her story.
Can you help me find family of Lillian Florence Gray (1866-1901) of Prescott, Wisconsin? Can you help me tell her story?
Blind from a mining accident in Ireland, Padraig Hanley (abt. 1810) was my 4th great grandfather. This is his story.
Is this Kurt Knuth who spent a rainy day at Luna Park (possibly in Detroit, MI) in 1925? Can you help me find and tell his story?
I am confident, though not certain, that this is my 3rd great uncle Peter Christopher Costlow (1846-1905) and his wife, Matilda. Here is his story and the questions that remain.
In 1907 a mystery person sent a funny postcard to 13 year old Miss Lela Seiler of Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Here is what is known of her story. What is left to learn?
Helen Borowski Nizol left 4 young sons when she died at age 34. Her own mother died when she was only 10. This is her story.
In 1971 my grandparents took a trip to Ireland. Blarney was one of their many stops in County Cork and adjoining areas. I just love this photo of a horse drawn Blarney Romany Caravan they saw along the way.
A vintage 1946 Paul Bunyan postcard sent from Grayling, MI by Bonnie and Max to Flossie Stimer of Jackson. Can you help me find their family?
Several of my Halvangis family are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit, MI. Here are some videos I took of my recent trip there.
Born around 1810 Denis Uonhi (also Green and O'Sullivan) is my 3rd great grandfather. He made his family home in beautiful Ballydonegan, County Cork, Ireland. This is his story.
The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#77) - Beer Swigs, Oyster Slurps, and The Devil's Bathtub