Dear Diary: I Wasn’t Allowed in Canada

August 27, 1934 Dear Diary, I am sixteen years old and I just made the road trip from Bellingham, Washington to Sumas to cross the border at the Port of Huntingdon in British Columbia.  I had never been across the border before and have been working as a domestic (housekeeper) before I decided to make... Continue Reading →

The Storm Took Me – A Recollection of the 1915 Galveston Hurricane

My name is Jane Angela Smith (née Dart) and I'm about to tell you my story. I lived a long life -- many of the victims of that horrible storm had barely begun their lives that were lost to the terrible disaster of mother nature in Galveston, Texas in August of 1915. But let us back... Continue Reading →

Rescue a Missing Photo!

I've always wondered what happened to old and unclaimed photos -- this past weekend I found out. As I was perusing through an adorable little vintage shop in Olympia, Wash., I saw some old photos for sale. Being the genealogist that I am, I couldn't just walk away and I picked the one I felt had... Continue Reading →

Pennies on Graves: Never Forgotten

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and I wanted to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country. I couldn't think of a proper way to do so until I ran across an old posting about pennies on gravestones. It may seem like an odd idea, but leaving pennies on the... Continue Reading →

Italian Surnames: 20 Most Popular Surnames

Since I've been knee-deep in Italian research for several families (Serago, Sorrentino, Bugni, & Pescatore) I decided to take a more in-depth look at Italian surnames, their history and what they mean. Today's blog post goes over the twenty* most popular Italian surnames according to the Italian Surname Database.  While this list is by no... Continue Reading →

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