Genie Rockstars

Mary Tedesco Can you feel the excitement? Names like MacEntee, Cooke, Alzo, Taylor, Russell, Berry, Tedesco. These are just a few of the current genealogy rock stars. Would I sleep out on a sidewalk with a wrist band for tickets to see them? I plead the fifth on that. But when I come to a genealogy conference like NERGC, I’m thrilled when one of the geni-rock stars on my list will be speaking or giving a workshop. I choose my workshops usually based on topic, but its all the more better if one of my favorites is leading it. Opening…

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NERGC weekend – Geeks unite

The process of researching is hardly a lonely road. I’ve met many people over these past 20 years in my research and through genealogy events. Many have come to be very good and dear friends to me. I’ve said this blog is primarily for my children and descendants to read so they will know some of our family stories. And that is true.  But I think it is important for them to understand what genealogy is for me and how it has become such a big part of my world. It is, in itself, one of my stories. This weekend…

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I have an ugly Fannie

Fannie Potter abt 1884 It’s nice to know we’ve come a long way in my mother’s family and we have developed into caring, loving people. Our ancestor, Fannie Potter Willett, had none of those qualities, unfortunately.  By all accounts, Fannie was a spoiled, self centered woman with a keen sense of entitlement. Her looks matched her soul, apparently.  Homely. Man-ish, Mean looking. Hideous. Selfish. Down right Ugly. Those are just a few of the words my family has used in describing dear great-grandmother Fannie.  In a previous blog I told you I liked to explore Buba’s house in Swampscott when…

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Meet Martha Lee

My mother hated the name Martha Lee. And she lived her life avoiding it whenever she could. I remember my grandmother sometimes calling her M.L. She felt that was much better than the grating “Maaatha Lee” they would address her with in their thick Boston accents. As an adult she would be known as Lee M.L. held by her mother, Jeanette 1928 Her new friends at her new high school, Kendall Hall boarding school in New Hampshire, began calling her Willey.  This, reportedly after an impressive demonstration by my mother of belching out the entire alphabet at the lunch table…

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