Friday, December 12, 2014

Learning Something New Everyday!!

 
Today I decided to jump onto my Family Tree Maker and look over all those little leaves.  Not too much new for me except a new record on my Great Grandfather.  He came to this country in 1908 from Italy.  His records have been sketchy at best most times.  Most of his records do not show him with his family.  On census records his wife and kids were always in one spot and he was in another.  He was a lumberman or construction worker so I never thought too much into except he would be where the work was.  That makes sense.
 
Well recently they have uploaded records from Sing Sing Prison and I was totally surprised when the little leaf lead me to a record for my great grandfather.  I clicked on it thinking it was a mistake, misspelling or someone else, but it was not.  It was my great grandfather.  I was extremely impressed with the amount of information on this record.  A lot of which I already knew, some I did not.  I thought he spent most of his time in extreme eastern NY (on the CT boarder) or in Connecticut.  But this record has him in Binghamton NY in 1931.  The total other direction. 
 
He apparently was sent there for abandoning his children under the age of 16 and willfully omitting to furnish necessary food, clothing and shelter.  He spent a year there for that from what I can gather.  I knew that he had 4 daughters.  I did not know that 2 children had passed away.  It tells me who his last employer was.  Also he address when he was arrested. 
 
This was a new find for me.  I hope not to find another one but at the same time I kind of do.  It is an interesting resource.
 
Has anyone else found something similar?
 


Friday, November 7, 2014

Find My Past Free Preview

Have you heard of the website Find My Past??  Yes or No now is a great time to get to learn more about them.  From mid-day today til mid-day Monday they are letting you search their world records for free.  Now I am personally going to take advantage of this opportunity.  I have played around a little with this site but nothing major.  I want to see what they have to offer.  Are they similar to Ancestry.com?  Do they have the same records?  Will I be able to find more? 

http://www.findmypast.com/?ref=logo

 
This what it looks like.
So doing a search for my great grandfather who came to America from Italy produced the following results.
 
As you can see the first 3 results are extremely similar (the last name was spelled in correctly upon arrival and has been that way since.)  I already have these records and have had them for a long time.  The rest are just letters. 

I will keep searching and share with you my results.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Creating A Book

I started this blog to help others become interested and familiar with Genealogy.  As I wrote I felt it would be better served in book form.  So here I go.  I plan to publish myself.  I am going to put the book into a 3 ring binder form.  So you can add and subtract where needed.  Here is the page I created at Kickstarter to help me achieve this goal.  Please go ahead and check it out.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613188837/365-days-of-genealogy?ref=nav_search

I would love for you all to share this with everyone you know and encourage them to join my blog. 

I am finally (almost) officially settled into my new home.  Just waiting on the carpets to get done.  But my computer is up and running and while files are still in boxes (to make them easier to move until the carpets are done) I have access to what I need. 

I appreciate everyone who joins my journey.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Where have I been??

I apologize for not keeping my blog up for awhile.  Yeah a long while.  One reason is because I have been working on my 365 Days of genealogy book.  I decided to my blog into a book/workbook.  This is still a work in progress.  

Also I am a mom of 4 kids who keep me very busy.  Thankfully they don't all have social lives or I think I would be crazy by now.  But with school, doctor appointments, dance and anything else I am very busy.

So its time for me to be back.  It will not be everyday at first as we are now in the process of moving to a much bigger place where I will have a real office.  Woot Woot  That alone is so exciting for me.  I will be able to do more and keep things organized and basically go to work.  

I am hoping to get back on my theme without giving too much away.  I hope to add videos on current news and more.  I am also running my other businesses making crafts.  I make tutu's and t-shirts.  I am also a Perfectly Posh & Thirty-one consultant.  Those always keep me busy.  But I am excited to be back and really hope to be more engaging.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013


While my husband was at work yesterday (Sunday, May 26th) a fellow coworker says to him, "What is Memorial Day?"  The coworker did not ask my husband because he didn't know what it was, nor did the coworker think my husband was that stupid.  But of course my husband answers him with the answer of to honor those who have fought for our freedoms.  The coworker says "then why do some many people NOT know that, why do they think it’s just a long weekend, a time to BBQ or the first day of summer."  Heart breaking isn't it?  It seems the younger the person the less they know about this country as a whole.

I am from New York State.  Not the city but grew up 90 minutes north in the valley of the mountains.  In elementary school we learned all about the Erie Canal.  We learned songs about it and the importance of the canal to the state.  I took a college course a couple of semesters ago about the history of New York State.  I was very sad to see that more than half the class knew nothing about the Erie Canal (or anything about the state).  I now live literally 5 minutes walking distance from a part of the canal and my fellow classmates all lived (and most were born) in this area.  An area that is extremely rich in state history.

Another thing that is disturbing to me is to see so many news reports of people messing up the Star Spangled Banner.  REALLY!?!?! Well besides the fact the a good singer would take the time to learn ANY song before singing it in front of a crowd people, but its the national anthem.  When I was in middle school the music teacher drilled it into our heads.  We had to learn it.  It is not an easy song to sing when it comes to the notes, but really we can't take the time to learn the words. 

I went to a couple of my local cemeteries today to say Thank you, to appreciate all that they did for me and generations to come.  I was pleased to see so many others there today to.  I took my daughters with me (9 & 5), we discussed why they do not have school today.  What the day is about.  We look at each soldiers stone talked about the branches they fought with and where the fought (if it was on the stone).  We talked about great grandfathers and their roles in the wars they fought in.  We talked, we respected, we were thankful.  Now I know the 5 year old probably forgot the conversation less than 5 minutes after it was over.  My 9 year old will forget by next Memorial Day but we will be out there again next year giving our thanks.

So thank you to all the men, women and children who have fought for the freedoms of this country.  Without all that they have sacrificed who knows how we would be today.  Thank you to the current men and women who still put their lives on the line for this country.





 




Friday, April 12, 2013

Is it Spring?!?!

Is it Spring yet?  If it is, you would never know it if you live in Central New York where on and off the past couple of days we have had freezing rain, snow and high winds.  Oh it has not been fun.  Which is kind of really bumming me out because I can not wait to go exploring some cemeteries.

I did venture out to one of the small rural cemeteries in Volney the other day on my way home from running an errand.  While it was over cast, cold and wet, I was more upset by how run down the cemetery is.  This is an old cemetery and the newest stone that I could see was from 1971.  The rest are much much older, 1700 & 1800. 

I was looking for a certain stone that is a request on the Findagrave.com website.  But I unfortunately could not find that stone.  I unfortunately could not read many of the stones.  I am think about starting a club or organization to help restore cemeteries.  Some of which just need someone to clean them up.  Some need a little more work than that, while others are going to need a great deal of work.

Here are some examples of what I found.   


This here is a broken headstone.
 

Not only is this one broken but it has been lying there so long that it is starting to get buried by grass and dirt.
  
 

As you can also see many of these stones have been there so long that you either can't read them at all or they are barely readable.
 
I know that this is not the only cemetery in the area like this.  I know there are others in much worse shape.  It makes me sad because there are people here trying to rest.  They are our loved ones, other human beings who did their part to creat this country.  This is not how they should be treated.  I am sad because information is lost.  I am sad because what will happen to my stone a couple hundred years after I am gone.  Are we really a nation of not caring??
 
I think it time to find a group of volunteers who would be willing to go out and start cleaning up these places, fix the stones that can be fixed, save what we can.  Maybe we can find records of what stones that are unreadable and place plaques on them so others can see who lies here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I have begun the process of redoing my blog.  While I work on the finer details of my 365 days of genealogy project.  I am hoping my fans/followers of this blog will join me on my new blog.  I hope to see you there.

Thank you

Reyna

http://giantgenealogyproject.blogspot.com/