Matrilineal Monday: My Father’s Matrilineal Line Featured On Who Do You Think You Are?

I was a researcher for several seasons of the American version of Who Do You Think You Are? It was an absolute blast performing the research, and then very interesting to see how the findings were later used for the filming itself. The focus of WDYTYA? and other genealogy programs tends to focus on celebrities discovering their past (although some shows now have started to feature segments on “everyday” folks who have interesting ancestors too), although I always thought it would be fun to see some of my ancestors featured in a similar way. So imagine my surprise when I … Continue reading Matrilineal Monday: My Father’s Matrilineal Line Featured On Who Do You Think You Are?

Tuesday’s Tip: Top Ten Tips for Visiting the Family History Library

Last year I took a brief weekend trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and copied a wonderful selection of records – then couldn’t believe how quickly the time passed, and how many more records I still wanted to copy or locate! So this year I planned a week-long visit. After having a very successful trip, I thought I would share my top ten tips for making the most out of your research trip to the Family History Library! 1. Research, research, research. Research in order to research? YES! Novice, intermediate and advanced genealogists can greatly benefit … Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip: Top Ten Tips for Visiting the Family History Library

Amanuensis Monday: 1849 San Donato Val di Comino, Italy Births

While searching for family names in the San Donato Val di Comino records, I thought the San Donatese diaspora might appreciate having an accessible transcription of some of the historic civil registration indexes for the town. 121 births were recorded during the year 1849 (although 2 births were from the previous year of 1848). There were four illegitimate births which listed the name of the child’s mother and stated “padre incerto” – father uncertain. The most common surnames were Quintiliani/Quintiliano (8), Rufo (7), Tempesta (7), Bona (6), Cardarelli (6), Cellucci (6), Antonellis (4), Lanno (4), Mazzola (4), Roffo (4). 1849 … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: 1849 San Donato Val di Comino, Italy Births

Treasure Chest Thursday: Framing the Past: Identifying Crapo Family Ambrotypes

I recently had an article published in American Ancestors (published by NEHGS) which explored my journey of identifying a mysterious set of ambrotypes which were found in my grandfather’s workshop. These were the ambrotypes that were discovered tucked away in my grandfather’s desk, placed out of sight for years, which had never been seen by my grandmother: Click on the image below to read the full article and discover how this mystery was solved! As I stated in the article,  Henry Emerson Crapo and Isabella Frances Lannigan’s daughter Ada Marion (Crapo) Howland had three children. So if any cousins have labeled duplicates of these ambrotypes … Continue reading Treasure Chest Thursday: Framing the Past: Identifying Crapo Family Ambrotypes