Genealogy

James William Halvangis (1920-1973): "Meeting" My Grandfather Through Photographs

James William Halvangis (1920-1973): "Meeting" My Grandfather Through Photographs

James William Halvangis (1920-1973), my maternal grandfather, was the only one of my four grandparents who died before I was born. I’ve enjoyed “meeting” him through photographs. I hope you will too.

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#98) - "My time is short"

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#98) - "My time is short"

An early 1900s postcard sent between cousins. Can you help me find and tell their stories?

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 Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#97) - Bernice Smith, Daughter of Elmer and Lizzie, Springfield, MO

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#97) - Bernice Smith, Daughter of Elmer and Lizzie, Springfield, MO

This is Bernice Smith of Springfield, Missouri. She’s the daughter of Elmer and Lizzie Smith; sister of Thelma. I found her photo. Can you help me find her story?

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 (#96) - John Chrisville Putting On Shoes Outside Temple

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#96) - John Chrisville Putting On Shoes Outside Temple

Military man and New Yorker John Chrisville puts on shoes outside a temple. But where? Can you help me find out?

My 2nd Great Grandmother: Marie Zuchowska Pawlowski (b. 1851)

My 2nd Great Grandmother: Marie Zuchowska Pawlowski (b. 1851)

Marie Zuchowska Pawlowski was my 2nd great grandmother. Born around 1851 in what is present day Poland, she came to the U.S. with her husband, Baltazar, in 1907. They settled in Detroit, MI to join their children. This is her story.

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#95) - "We would sure have a high time" (Postcard, 1911)

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#95) - "We would sure have a high time" (Postcard, 1911)

This 1911 postcard is delightful for two reasons: the beautiful pastel drawing and the extremely legible handwriting. Can you help me tell the stories of Ida, Wilber, and Stella?

Greek Tsardoulias Brothers Buy and Operate Hotel James in Greenville, Ohio

Greek Tsardoulias Brothers Buy and Operate Hotel James in Greenville, Ohio

In 1925 two recent Greek immigrant brothers, Nicholas and Angelos Tsardoulias, purchased and began operating the Hotel James in Greenville, Ohio. They are likely cousins of mine. This is their story.

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#94) - Illinois Boy Charles Shauk Wears Unique Outfit

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#94) - Illinois Boy Charles Shauk Wears Unique Outfit

Illinois boy, Charles Shauk, wears a unique outfit. Can you help me tell his story?

1942 Letterman of Saint Michael High School in Flint, MI: Michael John Hanley Jr. (1924-2015)

1942 Letterman of Saint Michael High School in Flint, MI: Michael John Hanley Jr. (1924-2015)

Letterman (1942) of the Saint Michael High School Basketball team in Flint, MI and my grandfather, Michael John Hanley Jr. (1924-2015). This is his story.

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#93) - Weihnachten (Christmas) 1928 - Hans Joachim Röda

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#93) - Weihnachten (Christmas) 1928 - Hans Joachim Röda

A boy, Hans Joachim Röda, and his Christmas (Germany, 1928).

Sophocles Tsardoulias (1895-1895): On When to Hire Genealogy Help

Sophocles Tsardoulias (1895-1895): On When to Hire Genealogy Help

How I decided to hire expert genealogy help to research my Greek roots: The story of my 2nd great uncle, Sophocles Tsardoulias (1895-1895).

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#92) - The Mustache That Wouldn't Quit

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#92) - The Mustache That Wouldn't Quit

A moustache like this just needs to be shared! Check out these vintage photographs of mustachioed and bearded men!

Agnieszka "Agnes" Szaroleta Grzeskowiak (1854-1918)

Agnieszka "Agnes" Szaroleta Grzeskowiak (1854-1918)

Agnieszka “Agnes” Szaroleta Grzeskowiak (1854-1918) was my 2nd great grandmother. She was married to my 2nd great grandfather, Albert Grzeskowiak (1849-1931). They came to the U.S. from Poland in the early 1880s and settled in Detroit, MI.

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#91) - "Being Good is Such A Lonesome Job" - Postcard From 1908

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#91) - "Being Good is Such A Lonesome Job" - Postcard From 1908

“Being Good is Such A Lonesome Job” - A 1908 postcard from Elsie Crothers Lamb to her husband George. Can you help me find their relatives?

Elderly Alcoholic Bachelor Dies Alone: Joseph Costlow (1855-1932)

Elderly Alcoholic Bachelor Dies Alone: Joseph Costlow (1855-1932)

Joseph Costlow (1855-1932), a lifetime bachelor of Cambria Count, PA, was my 3rd great uncle. He died, seemingly alone, from complications of his alcoholism. This is his story.

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).

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#89) - "I'm Your Melon Honey" (1913)

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#89) - "I'm Your Melon Honey" (1913)

A 1913 postcard picturing a smiling watermelon wearing a top hat and bow tie. Beneath him are the words: “I’m Your Melon Honey”.