My Ancestors

It’s not just the records, it’s the stories that captivate me. I am fascinated by immigration (my mother arrived in the US from Germany at age 7). Those who left, moved, or migrated astonish me. I can’t get enough of the history of my female ancestors. These posts include short stories, photos, recipes, explorations of records, and other interesting tidbits found in my family tree. Just click on the title to see the images and read more.

Elizabeth Barbara Nilkowski

I have posted several pictures and stories of my female ancestors. Another of these strong women was my second great-grandmother Elisabeth Barbara Nilkowski, who was known as Barbara. I don’t know too much (yet) about Barbara’s childhood. From her marriage record I have learned that she was born on 15 April 1865 in Alt Muensterberg… More

Valentine’s Day – Cubbage Couples!

A few years ago I shared some of the oldest pictures of couples that I have for Valentine’s Day. Here are some images of my Cubbage couples. Happy Valentine’s Day! Art Cubbage and Agnes Speck, circa 1945, New Providence, NJ Gladys “Babe” Cubbage and Bill Martin, circa 1941, probably Monessen, PA Margaret “Marge” Cubbage and… More

Sunday’s Obituary – James and Barbara Cubbage

    James Cubbage and Barbara Black Cubbage, my second great-grandparents, both died in February, less than a year apart. James died on 28 February 1906 and Barbara died on 9 February 1907. They both died at their home in Glade Mills, a part of Penn Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania. James’s obituary was much shorter… More

Wedding Wednesday – Frank Speck & Elizabeth Linneman

Frank Speck and Elizabeth Linneman, my great grandparents, were married on 18 January 1915 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I found this marriage certificate for Frank and “Lizzie Lineman” in a file of old family pictures and memorabilia. Marriage records for this time are available at the Allegheny County Courthouse and I was able to get a… More

Happy New Year!

Here’s a lovely picture of my parents in 1965 – their first New Year’s Eve as a married couple! Looks like they had fun!

Sports Center Saturday – Ice Hockey

Today is the Winter Solstice, and it’s getting cold here in New Jersey. And with the change in seasons come the change to winter sports! I recently came across some pictures of my father and uncle playing ice hockey. This is a picture of my father Corky’s ice hockey team in 1957 – the New… More

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