Monthly Archives: January 2018

52 Ancestors: Who Are Mary Catherine’s Parents?

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Year: 1860; Census Place: Coal, Northumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1149; Page: 87; Family History Library Film: 805149

While this research and analysis used other records, the primary stimulus were the census records. This post will illustrate (I hope) how I used census records as indirect evidence to support my inference that Mary C. Meisberger was Mary C. Strausser and the daughter of Peter and Sarah Strausser. I was searching for my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger in the […]

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52 Ancestors: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I can see the table now set with my best china and silverware, surrounded by eight empty chairs, waiting for the arrival of my nominated ancestors. Of course, two of the chairs are reserved for my husband and me. I could not narrow down the list of ancestors to one couple, so I settled on three couples, who are my […]

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52 Ancestors: Long-Lived and Not So Long-Lived

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Footstone of Mildred I Bianchi, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mt. Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania (photo courtesy of Robert David Miller)

For this theme, I decided to write first about my oldest living relative and finally about a group of my relatives who, by our norms today, did not get to live very long. I was very happy to be able to find a blood relative that lived to be 88 years of age and is the oldest in my tree. […]

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52 Ancestors: The Bianchi Women

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Photo taken of Mary Bunt Bianchi and her seven living daughters circa 1917

  I can’t explain why but this photo, of all the photos I have of my family, draws me to it time and time again–it’s my favorite photo. It was in the box of photos that my sisters and I inherited from our parents. The only person we ever really knew in this photo was my grandmother, Anna Bianchi Furlani. […]

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Funeral Card Friday – Kim L. Miller (1958 – 2001)

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I received this funeral card from my husband, Paul Souza, and I am posting it here with his permission. The images displayed in this post are from a Roman Catholic funeral card, issued by the funeral home. The card provides Kim’s date of birth, date of death and a prayer. I really love the vibrant colors in this card. Kim […]

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52 Ancestors: Starting My Family Research

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

This image is taken from a photo from the 1915 News-Item of all married men from Vigolo Vattaro, Austria with my grandfather, Candido Furlani on the left.

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, initiated by Amy Johnson Crow, is a series of weekly prompts to get you to think about an ancestor and share something about them. The guesswork of “who should I write about” is taken care of. The first theme is Start. Candido Furlani was known as Condy Furlani and he is my paternal […]

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Funeral Card Friday – Anna Furlani Profit (1894 – 1973)

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I received this funeral card when I attended the funeral of my grandmother, Anna Furlani Profit nee Bianchi. As you can see, I made the mistake of keeping it my missal since then and now there is print on it that I can’t remove. Since I discovered this mistake, all my funeral cards currently reside in separate archival quality sleeves […]

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Old Bones Genealogy’s Top 5 Blog Posts 2017 and All-Time

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

  2018 has already begun, but before moving forward, I wanted to look back at this blog’s most popular new posts of 2017. I was surprised to see several of my earliest posts making the top 5 for 2017. 5. CONNACHT IRISH? (Pub. 9 May 2017) Today, I was reminded that AncestryDNA had released a new feature called a Genetic […]

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