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.

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

Favorite Photo Friday – Mary Simko

Mary Simko was my husband’s grandmother. I love this picture of her, taken when she was probably about a year old. Mary was born on 21 November 1914 as “Maria” Simko in Creighton, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to Michael Simko and Mary Kelovcy. She moved to Slovakia with her family in the late 1920s and returned… More

Tuesday’s Tip – Collateral Relatives

I have been thinking about William Burd lately. In an assignment for ProGen (peer study group) last month, William Burd was the key that unlocked a family for my second great-grandmother. I knew that my great-grandmother, Maine Swank Cubbage, was the daughter of Charles G. Schwenk/Swank and Marian Burd. Marian was born in Connecticut in… More

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