Ida Rhoads Sears

Pic of the Week (#142) - Unknown Woman From Peru, Indiana

Pic of the Week (#142) - Unknown Woman From Peru, Indiana

This photograph is of an unidentified woman in my personal family collection. It was in the photo album of my great grandmother, Ida Rhoads Sears (1900-2002). Can you help me find and tell her story?

The Power of Professional Photo Colorization to Make Your Relatives Real: The Rhoads Sisters

The Power of Professional Photo Colorization to Make Your Relatives Real: The Rhoads Sisters

A talented photograph colorization artist has the power to make your ancestors stories come to life. Here is an example from my own family history: The Rhoads Sisters.

Pic of the Week (#131) - Ida's Patriotic Summer Celebration

Pic of the Week (#131) - Ida's Patriotic Summer Celebration

Always fun-loving and jovial, this photo really captures the spirit of my great grandmother, Ida Rhoads Sears (1900-2002). She is own the far right wearing the American flag hat. This is part of her story.

Little Leo Campbell (1918-1923)

Little Leo Campbell (1918-1923)

This is the story of Little Leo Campbell (1918-1923), my 1st cousin 2x removed.

Alma Ratz Hanley (1894-1979): A Photo Essay

Alma Ratz Hanley (1894-1979): A Photo Essay

Alma Ratz Hanley (1894-1979) was one of my paternal great grandmothers. She is also the subject of this 49th installment of my 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks family history blogging challenge. I hope you enjoy this photo essay about her life.

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#100) - Battle Creek Woman Reaches Century Mark

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#100) - Battle Creek Woman Reaches Century Mark

If born just a few weeks earlier than her February 17, 1900 birthday, Ida Rhoads Sears (1900-2002) would have achieved the rare distinction of having lived in three different centuries! This is her story.

The Contemplative Beard of David Costlow (1853-1924)

The Contemplative Beard of David Costlow (1853-1924)

The beard of David Costlow (1853-1924) is a soft and greying cloud in active weather. David’s calm eyes rest contemplatively above a yard that teeters tenuously between kempt and neglect.

The Last Will and Testament of Christopher Adkins (1825-1887), My 4th Great Grandfather

The Last Will and Testament of Christopher Adkins (1825-1887), My 4th Great Grandfather

“I Christopher Adkins, of Epsom, in the County of Daviess, and State of Indiana, merchant, being of sound and disposing mind and memory …” - I believe this to be the last will and testament of my 4th great grandfather, Christopher Adkins (1825-1887).

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#90) - The Rhoads Men of Cambria County, PA

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#90) - The Rhoads Men of Cambria County, PA

From my personal collection, this photograph shows several of the Cambria County, PA Rhoads men in my family tree. Here are their stories.

Rebecca Rhoads Seese (1859-1940)

Rebecca Rhoads Seese (1859-1940)

This is the story of my 3rd great aunt, Rebecca Rhoads Seese (1859-1940).

Peter Christopher Costlow (1846-1905) and His Wife Matilda Topper Costlow (1850-1935)

Peter Christopher Costlow (1846-1905) and His Wife Matilda Topper Costlow (1850-1935)

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.

My 3rd Great Grandfather and "Prominent and Representative" Citizen of Cambria County, PA, James Costlow (1822-1904)

My 3rd Great Grandfather and "Prominent and Representative" Citizen of Cambria County, PA, James Costlow (1822-1904)

James Costlow (1822-1904) is one of the more prominent figures in my family tree. In fact, he was written about in in the Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambria County, Pennsylvania. This is his story.

Mystery 16 Month Marriage of Porter Dean Sears (1906-1935) Ends in Divorce Due to "Repeated and Extreme Cruelty"

Mystery 16 Month Marriage of Porter Dean Sears (1906-1935) Ends in Divorce Due to "Repeated and Extreme Cruelty"

Porter Dean Sears (1906-1935), my 2nd great uncle, married Elnora Florence Cannon on July 9th, 1928. Sixteen months later they were divorced. “Repeated and Extreme Cruelty” was the reason cited (by Porter). This is his story.

A Boy Without a Dad and the Family He Made: Arthur Bryan Myers Sears (1900-1964)

A Boy Without a Dad and the Family He Made: Arthur Bryan Myers Sears (1900-1964)

This is my great grandfather, Arthur Bryan Sears (1900-1964), probably around age one. As far as I can tell he was fatherless for his first several years. This is his story.

The Vallance Babies of Johnstown, PA

The Vallance Babies of Johnstown, PA

George and Laverne Rhoads Vallance (1899-1962) had four stillborn babies (one set of twins) between 1922 and 1924 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. These were their only children. Here are their stories.

A War Ends and a Mother Dies as a Life Begins: Thomas Bernard Costlow (1865-1943)

A War Ends and a Mother Dies as a Life Begins: Thomas Bernard Costlow (1865-1943)

"Uncle Tom Costlow" was born in turbulent times. He was born the day before the U.S. Civil War ended. His mother died two weeks later. This is his story.

Adoptive Fathers in Your Family Tree - John Alfred Sears (1860-1951)

Adoptive Fathers in Your Family Tree - John Alfred Sears (1860-1951)

Learning about the adoptive fathers in your family tree can help you tell your ancestral story. Here is the story of an adoptive father in my tree, John Alfred Sears (1860-1951).

 

Amanda Rhoads Hubert (1864-1903) - Our Lesser Known Ancestors

Amanda Rhoads Hubert (1864-1903) - Our Lesser Known Ancestors

Amanda (Rhoads) Hubert (1864-1903) is my 3rd great aunt. I only know of her because of a few census entries and the photo above. She married late, died early, and had no children to tell her story. Here is what I found about one of my lesser known ancestors.

Ellen Amelia (George) Malzi (1866-1961) - Stories of Tragedy and Strength

Ellen Amelia (George) Malzi (1866-1961) - Stories of Tragedy and Strength

Ellen Amelia (George) Malzi (1866-1961) married John August Malzi (1865-1899) in 1891. She was widowed young, two months before their last child was born. Pictured here is Ellen, husbandless, with her 4 surviving fatherless children. Here are her stories of tragedy and strength.  

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#47)

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#47)

John Edward Campbell (1892-1959) and Maryann Rukamp. "Uncle Ed" was the husband of my 2nd great aunt Amanda Alice (Rhoads) Campbell (1895-1988). She was the sister of my great grandmother.