Thursday, March 24, 2016

Birthplaces Pedigree

Years ago, one of my brothers commented that our recent ancestors moved around a lot. I agreed but never figured out how to graphically share that fact here on my blog.

In the past couple of days, genealogists have been creating charts in Excel showing the birth places of their ancestors covering five generations. I couldn't resist and I have to share it because this truly shows what my brother had noted years ago.

Other than my maternal grandmother's line, there is a lot of color in this chart! I even tried to choose the colors so that red, orange and yellow represent births in Nova Scotia and New England and green, blue and purple represents births in New York and New Jersey down to Kentucky and out to Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Thank you to Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy for my first look at this, as well as Jana Last at Jana's Genealogy and Sally Knudsen at SallySearches and all those other genealogists on Facebook who are sharing theirs!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Ruth Lyman Copeland: Her Yearbook Entry's database, U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, is a fun and interesting database to explore.

Ruth Lyman Copeland is my grandfather's youngest sister by six and a half years. She turned 19 years old in the summer of 1926, just after she completed her two years at Abbot Academy, a private girls' boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts, (which merged into Phillips Academy in 1973)., U.S. School Yearbooks, Record for Abbot Academy The Circle Yearbook, 1926, p. 13

Although she was born in Winnetka, Illinois, her family lived in Michigan City, Indiana for a short time in the 1920s.

I love these yearbooks. This entry shows that my great aunt Ruth was quite active at school: singing, acting, and playing basketball, among other activities. And the nickname "Cope" is often found in my family tree, for men and women.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Arville S. Chapin Adsit

Arville S. Chapin
Wife of
James M. Adsit
June 9, 1820 - May 6, 1906

Arville Susan Chapin was born in Massachusetts, moved with her family to Chicago in 1838 (according to her obituary), where she married James M. Adsit, and where she died.

She is buried in the Adsit family plot at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, where I visited for the first time last September.

I descend from Arville Chapin as follows:

Arville Susan Chapin
Charles Chapin Adsit
Elizabeth Adsit
Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wedding Wednesday ~ St James Church, Chicago

97 years ago today, on Sunday, March 2, 1919, there were wedding announcements for my paternal grandparents' wedding, which had occurred the previous day at St. James Episcopal Church in Chicago.

We visited Chicago last September and although the church was undergoing some renovation, we talked our way in and here is a photograph of the inside of the church, taken by my husband.

Here is the wedding announcement from page 5 of the Chicago Sunday Tribune.

Very early in my blog, I shared a scan of the other part of the announcement, with photographs. Now I know it's from the Chicago Sunday Tribune.

Wedding announcement of my grandparents