Family Memories

I Remember Mama – A Mother’s Day Tribute to My Mother

Posted on May 14, 2017 in Family Memories, Family Photos

In 1948, there was a movie called “I Remember Mama” starring Irene Dunn as Mama. From 1949 to 1957, there was a TV series called “Mama”, based on the movie, starring Peggy Wood as Mama. In these stories, the eldest daughter in this Norwegian family, reminisces about her life with her Mama. This Mother’s Day I remember my Mama or […]

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The Adventures of Photographing a Solar Eclipse (Travel Tuesday)

Posted on February 28, 2017 in Family Memories, Family Stories, Travel Tuesday

It was the 26th of February 1979, and the four of us were standing in a field (or should I say ‘on a field’ since we were wearing snowshoes) in Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada. We were outfitted in full Artic gear, setting up our camera equipment, in anticipation of the sun being totally blocked out by the moon. Going back about […]

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF) – My Favorite Photo of My Mother

Posted on May 7, 2016 in Family Memories, Saturday Night Fun

Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings has given us this Saturday Night Genealogy Fun assignment. 1) This is Mother’s Day weekend, so please go through the photographs you have of your mother and share one of your favorite photograph of her. Just one. Oh, tell us why it’s one of your favorites, and tell us something about your mother, too. Here’s mine: […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #24 A Sentimental Heirloom

Posted on June 17, 2015 in 52 Ancestors, Family History, Family Memories

The theme for Week 23 is “Heirloom: What heirloom do you treasure? Who gave it to you? What heirloom do you wish you had?” I found this card in the box of photos that my sisters and I inherited from our parents. This is a Valentine’s card that my mother, Marguerite “Mickey” Noble Furlani, sent to my father, William Condy […]

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52 Ancestors: #51 William Condy Furlani – Days of Christmas Past

Posted on December 22, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History, Family Memories

  As I gazed at this photo, it brought back many memories of my Dad, William Condy Furlani, at Christmas. I remember him bringing in the tree from outside where it had been left to drop a bit.  There was always some trimming that needed to be done to fit it into the stand.  If I remember correctly, the tree […]

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(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Mom & Dad on a Date?

Posted on November 5, 2014 in Family Memories, Family Photos

For me, this theme will be used to share my family photos and to post my mystery photos in hopes that someday I’ll be able to solve them.   This photo is of my father, William C. Furlani and my mother, Marguerite Noble.  The photo is dated Aug. 22, 1940. This is prior to their marriage in 1941. The location […]

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My Memories of the JFK Assassination – November 22, 1963

Posted on November 16, 2013 in Family Memories

It was a Friday in 1963–as it will be this year. I was watching the motorcade on television, while I ironed. Back then I took in ironing to earn extra money. I was due to give birth to my first child in seven weeks on January 11, 1964. I remember being so stunned when the shots came that at first […]

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Military Monday – A Search for WWII Service Records

My dad, William Condy Furlani, served in World War II. After his death in 1989, I did not discover any military records among his belongings. I first found his enlistment record on Ancestry.com. He enlisted on 20 December 1943, on my 11 month birthday (that opens a whole new set of questions…). This record provided me his service number, which […]

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Tombstone Tuesday – Good-Bye Uncle Jack

Posted on August 6, 2013 in Family History, Family Memories, Family Photos

A month ago my husband and I said our final good-byes to his Uncle Jack. Jack was a good-hearted and loving man who overcame early struggles with alcoholism to turn his life around. He attended AA the rest of his life; mentoring and/or sponsoring may others on their road back. The funeral mass and internment were held at Saint Patrick’s […]

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Thankful Thursday – Chasing Ghosts With Ancestry.com

Posted on February 28, 2013 in Family Memories, Genealogy Databases

In 1996, I realized that I was the oldest living person on both sides of my family. With three girls, my father’s line died with him. It struck me as sad that I didn’t know anything about those who came before me, and in a couple of generations, no one would know anything about me. The knowledge of our families […]

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