Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Records

Are you a member of Ancestry.com?  I have been for many, many years.  I love getting emails saying that I may have new records.  I have been getting more and more of those emails lately.  Which makes it super fun.  Who doesn't love presents or surprises.  

One new record on a relative, kind of, sort of answered a question about a relative.  My great grandfather came from Italy, got married and had 4 girls.  But I noticed that most of the census records have him living separate from his wife and kids.  Sometimes in other states and often hours away.  I figure he went where the work was, which is probably still true.  Or at least I will kind of continue to think that.  But apparently that is not all true as the document below shows.  He was arrested for abandoning his family.  So he wasn't even getting money back to them.  Which of course answers the questions of why he is not on census records with them.  But this also makes me sad, knowing my grandmother and family probably grew up struggling.  

I will admit that it does make me wonder.  Did he have other relationships?  Does he have other kids out there? Isn't it funny how when you find something new it can answer questions and then create more.  This is the joy of genealogy, continuous questions!  I love the thrill of the hunt!!  

Have you found anything new and fun??  I would love to hear more stories!!  
 Sing Sing Admission Records

Monday, October 5, 2015

How to reach me

Want to chat??  Have a question??  Need some help??  Get in touch with me!!!  I will be happy to help. 

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I can help with your research or putting your research together!!! 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

What did you do with your 4th of July weekend??

Happy 4th of July!!! <yep a day late>
So what did you do with your weekend?
Did you BBQ?

Go to the beach?

Go camping?
Spend time with your family?
Did you watch fireworks?

Or a parade?
Did the reason for July 4th or Independence Day come up in your conversation over the weekend?
Are we thankful for our country and all that the men and women have done over the hundreds of years to make this our country?
239 years ago on July 2nd we became independent!!!  We broke away from Great Britain's Rule.  Ever wonder what life would be like if we were still under another country's rule?  The early settlers came to America to find freedoms.  And in that search they gave us our own freedom.  Something we still have today.  We have the right to our own opinions and voices.  We will not always agree with one another and that is ok.  That is great even.  Because sometimes great things come out of disagreements.  We should always be thankful that we do not have to conform with everyone else.  We should always be thankful that we get to be who we want to be.  We should be thankful, not judge and not be mean or nasty to others for being who they want to be or believe how they want to believe.  That is what makes America great.  Maybe someday we will all learn to no bully, tease or torment others for being different.  We shouldn't be hateful or fearful of others because they want to make a stand for what they believe in. 
Basically it's America!!!!  Be how want to be, believe how you want to believe and DO NOT let other bring you down with their own opinions!
And yesterday I explored my county and found new places to research and explore!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Oh the weather!!!

I live in Central New York.  Not too far from Lake Ontario.  Normally for June we get a couple of inches of rain.  This year we got almost 10 inches.  It has rained almost everyday.  This weather has made it difficult to do any outside research at the local cemeteries.  And this is really the only time of year I get to do it.  Otherwise we are buried under 6 feet of snow.  The crazy weather. 

Just means I have to stick to doing research on the inside.  I am very excited that I should be getting my own vehicle soon.  Which means more exploring and researching.  That is very exciting to me.  Having one family car is very tough on a genealogist. 

How is your summer going?  Have you done any research yet??  What have you discovered? 

I am excitedly currently working on 2 Genealogy Binder Projects.  One binder I am in the 6th generation.  Almost all of the generations have been in Utah.  We are finally starting to spread out.  I was very fascinated when one of their relatives was born and raised in the same area of New York that I am my family are from.  It makes it feel like a small world!!

Have you found any living relatives recently??  Will you meet with them??

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Genealogy Binders

I created a website for my Genealogy Binders.  Nothing super duper.  But lots of options.
I hope you check it out and pass it on!
Thank you.
Reyna's Genealogy Binders

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Father's Day June 21st

So Father's day is less than a month a way, what do you have planned??  A BBQ??  Breakfast??  Fishing??  Just hanging out??  Sharing family history??
My sister-in-law asked me a while back to do her a favor for a gift for her father for father's day.  She asked me to do research on her fathers side and put together a binder.  Starting with her father it goes through 5 generations. 
Now because you double your numbers every generation you go back I kept it limited to information on the parents.  While there is plenty of information on the children of each set of parents I would probably need more than one binder or a really big one. 
It only required research in two state; New York and North Carolina.  North Carolina has a wealth of information online (through Ancestry).  Which is good as I live in New York.
The binder is divided by generation than sub-divided by family.  There will be photos that we could get our hands on included.  It was a very fun project (still in progress).
So what are you doing for the fathers in your life?  If your having a family get together talk to all your family members and collect research information for yourself and to share later.  Put together something to give to family members of research you have already done.  Do something fun and family history related!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

What are you doing today?

Are you working on any genealogy projects today?  What about this weekend?  When is the last time you picked up your genealogy and worked on it. 

I am currently working on a couple of projects for other family members.  I like when I have something to do on the side.  It help clears my mind.  Then often when I go back to my own I find something new. 

I am helping my sister in law put together a notebook for her father for fathers day.  It's been fun because my own genealogy mainly keeps me in New York and Connecticut. He fathers roots are based in North Carolina.  There are still a lot of family cemeteries down there and I am impressed that they are still in good shape.  I find a lot of cemeteries here in rough shape.

The other project in for a half uncle.  It is something his wife has me working on. 

So what project are you going to work on today and this weekend.  Come on you know you want to pick up one!!!

Don't forget to check out my other blog at:   http://giantgenealogyproject.blogspot.com/
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter 2015

Happy Easter to my blogging fans.  I hope you are having an awesome day with family and friends.  Just my kids and I today enjoying each others company.  

I have been looking forward to spring.  But I am beginning to believe spring will not be coming here this year.  I am near Oswego NY!!!!   And it is snowing today.  Yep totally snowing.  Thankfully not hard enough today to stick.  I did wake up to over an inch or snow yesterday :(  When it is cold it makes it hard to go out and do anything.

Hopefully I can go out soon.  Maybe I need to start traveling to warmer climates to do some work.  Make some new friends and find new adventures :D

Happy Holiday!!!
Enjoy this picture from yesterday April 4th 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What is Genealogy?

What is genealogy?  Genealogy is the study of a families history or lineage.  The study of one’s ancestors.  A look into your roots, your backgrounds.  Those who choose to study their ancestors do it for all different reasons.  Some people what to learn about medical backgrounds.  Sometimes we want to see if we are related to anyone famous.  Often we just want to learn about our roots, what make us up.  Where did our family come from and then pass this information on to our descendants and share it with other family members.

Are you interested in genealogy?  What peaked your interested?  What is your ultimate goal? Are you new to genealogy or have you been working at it for awhile?  Share your stories here.  Maybe you will find someone with similar stories or will find someone that will is where you need to be an can help you research. 

Lets make some new long lasting friends.  :D

I am Reyna 39 (oh that is hard to type lol) mother of 4.  Started genealogy research in 1999 when I found out I was pregnant with my first child.  I got hooked hard and fast.  I am a genealogy junk.  My surnames are Thomas, Bryant, Calovi, Balcom, Cash, Bliss, and there are a few more.  My ancestors are from the Cooperstown area of New York, Dutchess County, NY & Litchfield County, CT.  I live in Oswego County, NY.  Let me know if I can help.