Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor…

  Mary and I visited our friend Carrie in New York City last weekend. I also saw two college friends who live in the area. They were all game for visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island so I could geek out in my genealogical way and check off two birthday list items. Being... Continue Reading →

T Minus One Month

  One month left to finish the birthday list and 10 items to go. I'll knock off a few this weekend when I visit NYC and go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for the first time. I'm excited to check out the Immigrant Wall of Honor because a distant relative paid to... Continue Reading →

An Italian State of Mind

  Italy is in my blood—between 10 and 25 percent of my blood, according to's DNA test. My mother's maternal grandparents were Italian. They are my daunting "brick wall" as genealogists like to call situations that are a mystery. I have their birth and death dates but are not sure where they grew up.... Continue Reading →

A Hazard of Genealogical Research

  I went to the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library for the first time tonight. I left with an injury—probably the first injury that I have ever sustained at a library. I did some research beforehand and wrote down the call numbers of two books the library owns on the history of Clearfield County,... Continue Reading →

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