Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wordless Wednesday ~ Mother's Childhood Home

Last week I attended the FGS 2017 conference in Pittsburgh. The main reason I went was because it was being held in my mother's childhood hometown and I could visit my cousin, who shares an interest in family history.

Not only did my cousin and I visit Uniondale Cemetery, where we have many maternal ancestors (see my 2014 post Pittsburgh Burials at Uniondale Cemetery), but we visited the home where our mothers grew up. We knocked on the door and the current homeowners couldn't have been nicer, letting us explore the grounds, walk around inside, and take photos. (I have since shared some of my 1940s and 1950s photos with the homeowners, some of which I previously shared at Mount Royal Boulevard.)

This photograph of the house was taken about 1958-1959 when my grandparents were preparing to sell it:

This photograph of the house was taken almost sixty years later, on September 2, 2017:

The house was originally built in 1820, one of a pair of farmhouses built by brothers. It was also a stop on the Underground Railroad.


  1. We are also enjoying finding our ancestral homes and spent time in Italy a few years ago at both my families home town of Petina, and Bill's hometown of Sant' Eufemia a Maiella; both in Southern Italy. : )

    1. Wow - that's quite a special trip!

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

    2. Such a great memory. Such wonderful history. I love the then and now photos.

    3. Devon, thanks for the comment. I also love then and now photos and I instinctively took my photo from that location because I had looked at the old photo so many times!