Wedding of Millie D'Agosto & John Germano

Photo Restoration

I am deeply passionate about family photos, especially those of generations passed. These photos give a face … a feeling to an ancestor that we may never have had the chance of meeting. They connect the memories of past and present and should be cherished and preserved. Unfortunately, once these photos are lost there is no way to replace them.

Restoring these photos digitally is a way to preserve them in a format that can be saved forever. I have helped others with their photos in the past and am always open to doing more. If you are able to and interested in making a donation it is greatly appreciated, but I do not charge for this service. It is something I do because I feel it is important and not everyone has the ability to do it themselves.

If you have an old photo that is close to your heart and is in need of repair or restoration, please contact me and I will try my best to help.

Sample of Work

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New Lineage Lists!

I am excited to write that I have posted some new lineage lists for surnames on the Maternal side of my ancestry.

The Audleys

Focused on the descendants of my 10th great grandparents, John Audley (b. 1602) and Margaret Brager (b. 1610) who came to the United States with the Winthrop Fleet of 1630. John Audley was one of the first inhabitants of Boston, Massachusetts.

The Holmes

Focused on the descendants of my 10th great grandparents, Reverend Obadiah Holmes (b. 1607) and Katherine Hyde (b. 1608) who came to the United States in 1638. Obadiah was a known religious leader, punished for his beliefs with, among other things, a public whipping that left him seriously injured for weeks. He was also Abraham Lincoln’s 5th great grandfather.

The Kennedys

Focused on the ancestors of my 7th great grandmother, Rebecca Kennedy (b. 1771), wife to Josiah Ashurst (b. 1760) and mother to Mary Ashurst (b. 1795) who is the 3rd great grandmother of Margaret Frances Penny (b. 1922), my great grandmother. This line of Kennedys descends from Ireland.

The Plantagenets

Starting with my 27th great grandparents, Geoffrey Plantagenet, V (b. 1113) and Matilda of England (b. 1102). Geoffrey was the son of Fulk, King of Jeruselem and in his lifetime held the titles of Duke of Normandy, Count of Anjou, Touraine and Maine. Matilda held the title of Holy Roman Empress and was the daughter of King Henry I of England and Matilda of Scotland. Their son, Henry, founded the Plantagenet Dynasty.

The Tillinghasts

Focused on the descendants of my 12th great grandfather, Sir Robert Tillinghast (b. 1540) from Sussex, England. This line of the Tillinghast name includes Sarah Tillinghast (b. 1777), referred to as the first vampire of Exeter, and  Julia Ward Howe (b. 1819), prominent American abolitionist  and author of ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic‘.

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The Eleanor Crosses

Today I want to write about the crosses of Eleanor de Castile, first wife of my 23rd Great Grandfather, Edward Plantagenet, I, King of England.

A Marriage of Love

Born in Spain in 1241, Eleanor was 13 when she married Edward at the monastery of Las Huelgas. Unlike many arranged marriages of the time theirs was humorous and loving, with Edward being one of the few medieval English kings to remain faithful in marriage.

On Easter Monday each year, Edward would let Eleanor’s ladies trap him in his bed so he could then pay them ‘ransom’ to run to Eleanor’s bedroom on the first day after Lent.

Eleanor succumbed to illness in the fall of 1290 while traveling with Edward. They were headed to Lincoln but made it only as far as Harby, Nottinghamshire. On November 28, 1290, after 36 years of marriage, Eleanor passed away with Edward at her side.

The government halted for three days following and her body was buried in Westminster Abbey on December 17, 1920.

Edward followed her there, a journey of approximately 150 miles. For each town they stopped in at night Edward erected memorial crosses for Eleanor – 12 in total. These crosses, now referred to as the Eleanor Crosses, symbolized King Edward’s grief at the loss of his beloved wife.

Her organs were brought to Lincoln Cathedral, buried in a tomb ordered by King Edward as a duplicate of the tomb at Westminster … her heart buried in an elaborately constructed commemorative monument at Blackfriars.

On the following Easter Monday, Edward continued the tradition of paying ‘ransom’ to Eleanor’s ladies, though she was no longer there to run to. Years later, Edward married Margaret of France. He named their only daughter ‘Eleanor’.

 

whom living we dearly cherished,
and whom dead we cannot cease to love.
- King Edward seeking prayers for his lost wife

 

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Updates – The Davidsens

In addition to greatly expanding The Davidsens lineage list, many new individual pages have been added! Pages are currently being created for various descendants of David Abrahamsen. I will then be moving up one generation to create pages for all of the descendants of Abraham Amundsen & Kristine Olsdatter.

New Individual Pages:

  1. Christine Oline Davidsdatter
  2. Maren Davidsdatter
  3. Kristen Edvard Davidsen
  4. Martin Norgren Davidsen
  5. Elise Didrikke Fredrike Davidsdatter
  6. Anton Johan Bertin Davidsen
  7. Karen Leonora Davidsdatter
  8. Johan Davidsen
  9. Eminda Kristine Davidsdatter
  10. Gitte Johanna Davidsdatter
  11. Anders Christian Davidsen
  12. Ellev Bertinus Davidsen

More to come soon!
♥ Kristin

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abt. 1984 - Trip to McNair Park

My Father

I have finally posted an individual page for my father, Donald Evans Davidson, III. Writing it made me realize how little I know about his life other than stories I’ve heard. I have very few facts and many sentimental memories I wasn’t sure how to share.

I’m sure much more could be written but I didn’t want to keep putting it off. If you have any stories or photos, contributions are greatly appreciated.

♥ Kristin

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Kolbuszowa Microfilms from FamilySearch

Recently I ordered 4 rolls of microfilms for Kolbuszowa Poland from FamilySearch.org to continue research on the earlier generations of the Koczon & Markusiewicz lines of my family.

I have been capturing the records in these films by copying them in my notebook, taking photos of them on the screen, and printing them out. Organizing and entering the data has been quite a task and I am nowhere near done. I have been entering everything into a Google Spreadsheet I had previously created for organization of Koczon related records. The images below are photos of the microfilm screens taken with my DSLR. I have not reviewed or digitized the records in these shots yet but wanted to go ahead and share them. I’d love to hear if you find anything related to your family!

The Microfilms Film/DGS
Akta urodzeń 1791-1819, 1821-1830, 1861-1867 939970
Akta urodzeń 1831-1859, 1866-1870 939971
Akta małżeństw 1791-1830 939972
Akta małżeństw 1831-1859, 1861-1870 939973

 

 

 

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