genealogy

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)

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

 

Smell of Fall in the Air

Been a chilly couple of days in New York. Absolutely beautiful sunny days with a chill in the air that makes you think about Autumn. My garden is finally starting to produce red tomatoes. I had more cucumbers than I knew what to do with and made many pints of pickles to get us through the winter. I cannot buy pickles in the store anymore as I am spoiled from eating ones from cucumbers grown in my gardens.

I was getting a little worried that I might not be canning sauce this year. Whenever I think about canning tomatoes I am reminded of my paternal grandmother and great- great grandmother.  They were two ladies who preserved the fruits of their gardens and passed that knowledge down to future generations. I cannot think of fall without thinking of sauce simmering on the stove.

My great great Grandmother Emma Borgwardt May

My great great Grandmother Emma Borgwardt May

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Harvest time with my grandmother and a worker picking beans in the 1930’s