family history

Happy 69th Anniversary

Was looking at the calender and I could not figure out what the date January 12th meant. A birthday? Party? Eureka… January 12 is my grandparent’s wedding anniversary.. This glamorous couple who married right after World War II on January 12, 1946.  I love this wedding picture of them. It sits in my dining room and I love to look at the happy couple. My grandfather  had seen a lot in the war and my grandmother had come home after being in Washington DC serving in the Women’s Army Corps. Life was coming back to a new normal for them as they were to embark on their adult lives.

Gertrude Yuill and Robert Schwarz (my grandparents)

Gertrude Yuill and Robert Schwarz (my grandparents)

As a side note, I wore these same pearls on my wedding day as the ones my grandmother has around her neck. A wonderful to connection to my grandmother who had given them to me when I turned 16.

Wedding announcement in the local newspaper

Wedding announcement in the local newspaper

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Another suprise from Grandma

I decided to go back this week to looking through the boxes I inherited last winter. It is hard at times to see all those memories and can overwhelm me with sadness of  all those I have lost. You see I became an orphan at age 37 (if one can be one at 37) and then over the next few years after that all my relatives died. All the sudden I was the lone and eldest left in my family. Scary to contemplate at age 40. Maybe this is why I love family history as it connects me to something bigger than just me.

Well, my Grandma was a packrat and I was sorting through some old cards in a plastic bag that was in one of those boxes. I was amazed and surprised to see some very old writing on an envelope. Well I opened it up and was speechless.

My Great Great Grandparent’s wedding invitation and marriage certificate from 1891 in Brooklyn New York!!!!!!

Wedding Invitation from my Great x 3 Grandmother for my Great x2 Grandparents Wedding

Wedding Invitation from my Great x 3 Grandmother for my Great x2 Grandparent’s Wedding

Marriage Certificate of Jessie Cochrane Kennedy and Alexander Yuill

Marriage Certificate of Jessie Cochrane Kennedy and Alexander Yuill

Happy Grandparents Day

Today is National Grandparents Day! I hope all the grandparents are having a fabulous day. I still have my 94 year old grandfather and appreciate him still being here with us. My kids unfortunately don’t have my parents to spoil them rotten as all grandparents do to their grandchildren.  I learned so much from my grandparents but didn’t really appreciate them until I was older and then they were gone . So today I celebrate my grandparents!

 

Mitchell Sosnicki and Delores Burke (my grandparents)

Mitchell Sosnicki and Delores Burke (my grandparents)

Grandma and I in her yard under the pines

Grandma and I in her yard under the pines

Gertrude Yuill and Robert Schwarz (my grandparents)

Gertrude Yuill and Robert Schwarz (my grandparents)

Together again

One of the things I always rember sitting on the mantle in our living room as a kid was an old fashioned iron. It is one of those items that never moved form its spot in my childhood home. I dusted it more than once as a kid. It was one of those quirky things I wanted when we were clearing out my childhood home for sale.

IMG_20140902_135031291_HDRI really have not had a use for it other than sitting on a bookshelf. It too has not moved much in my home. However, I was at the local antique show this summer and came across something that goes along with the iron. I initially bought this as a trivet for the kitchen. The seller told me it was a stand for a hot iron. Well I had one of those in my house!

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Stand for a hot iron

IMG_20140903_094108176_HDR[1]I was pleasantly surprised when I brought home my trivet that it fit my old iron perfectly.  These two pieces were together again. So now I need to look for another trivet. I cannot bear to keep these two antiques apart.

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Happy Labor Day!

My ancestors were not famous or rich just hard working people who loved their families and worked hard to give them a better life. So today I celebrate  Labor Day

Great Great Uncle Thomas Kennedy

Great Great Uncle Thomas Kennedy (bar tender)

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My Grandmother (librarian)

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Emily Nixon Schwarz , Jack Schwarz (plumber), Thomas Tyson Nixon (stone mason) and Emily Shields Nixon (governess)

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George William Burke (firefighter) Babylon, New York

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Henry May (highway supervisor)

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Family Farm in Brooklyn