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Hal O. Wene and other fitting names for All Saints’ Eve

The subject of onomatology has always interested me.  Not so much the origins of surnames, but more so fueling the wordplay fun you can have on holidays such as Halloween.

While I couldn’t actually find Mr. Wene in any census records or city directory listings, I discovered more than enough of seasonally scary names…

Like Mary Scary, with husband George and son Charles, living in Boston, 1940.

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How about Henry Horror in Allegheny, PA 1880 with mother Jane and two sisters?

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Many Native Americans had the most colorful names, which usually involved animals or earth elements.

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Ghost Head in South Dakota 1900 fell into neither category, opting for spiritual decapitation instead there.

Then things got a little HAIRY in Paterson, NJ…

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As here, the twelve year-old’s file-heading…  Wolf, Man!

And yes, there are plenty of creepy families in genealogical records.

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Jennie, Anna & Helen in Philadelphia 1940… Whatta bunch of CREEPS!

Ten years earlier in Warren, Rhode Island…

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The Zombies!  With Anna being the HEAD of the family.  And Rob Zombie’s real name is Robert Bartleh Cummings.  Sorry, all you White Zombie fans.

And going back to 1940 for a very thirsty New Jersey family in Morris County.

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George and Mary Dracula, with little daughter Dolores Dracula.  Ya think she got teased in school at all, especially around this time of year?

And we can’t talk about ANY Halloween family without mention of…

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Yeah, I had to go for 411Locate to find the pair of them.  Though they’re current, it’s both Gomez and Morticia here, along with their double “D” spelling of Addams.  A comic trifecta!

It was a similar deal for this duo.  Still eerie to find them together; in Idaho, of all places.  Found on PeopleFinders, of all places.  Cue up the Dick Dale-like intro theme!

Munsters

There were several Herman and Lilly Munsters in census records, but not together like this.  <Insert classic Herman laugh here>

All right, so those last two pairs were probably a goof, though I couldn’t resist adding them here.

And how’s THIS for a gravely resting-place name?

Sam E Terry

From Find A Grave, of course!

Then there’s another head-scratcher from Ancestry’s mysterious U.S. Public Records Index.

Casper tf Ghost

Is this even a real source??  Their “original data” doesn’t tell me where Mr. Ghost’s info was extracted from.  But this is a whole post topic in itself!

So, can we safely assume that Casper’s middle name is “The Friendly”?

And one of my all-time favorite bad pun names…

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Frankie, Baby!!  In Minneapolis, 1920.

There were way too many Stephen Kings and Alice Coopers in census records to include here.  Heyyyy, I’ll feature them in my Halloween 2015 post!

Non-Dislaimer Clause:  None of these names were manufactured fictionally by me.  Click on any of the snippets.  They link to the originals.  They are all “real”.  And as often is the case, ya just can’t make this stuff up!

Another thing I will NEVER make up is genealogy research!  I may be extremely silly at times, but when it comes to family history research, I am DEAD SERIOUS.  Get it?  DEAD Seri- oh, just hire me and you’ll see…

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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Got Brooklyn ancestors? a.k.a. Wanted: Eagle-eyed genealogists

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If you have any Brooklyn residents in your family history, you’ll surely want to check out this valuable resource… the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

With enormous thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library, we have free online access to much of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from 1841 to 1955.  Fully searchable and browsable, this newspaper is chock full of great information of Brooklyn and her colorful residents throughout the years during New York City’s largest period of growth.

While the Eagle has the usual stuff – obituaries, marriage announcements, probate and other legal notices – there are extra goodies to be found within this cool little neighborhood paper.

How about sale of property due to unpaid taxes?

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These listings go on for PAGES!  Check out any Wednesday Eagle in 1860.  If it’s more than four pages, then you’ve got several MORE pages of Brooklyn properties, with owners and locations.  Look at all the names here!!

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And this is only ONE PAGE out of EIGHT!

In looking for your Brooklynite, start off with the OCR search.  Though don’t fully rely on that here; especially with all of the dots and numbers to confuse that iffy software.

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So, who’s got an Alden S. Crowell or Hugh G. Crosine in their line?

Also, in the Things You Wouldn’t Usually Expect in a Newspaper category, the BDE sporadically published a…

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This column for idle Brooklyn mail is broken down into a Ladies’ List and a Gentlemen’s List.  This is particularly noteworthy as there are so few resources in the mid-1800s that actually list HUNDREDS of women’s and wives’ names.  Look at those ladies’ names going all the way down to the center of the page!  Genealogy GOLD.

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Being on this list would mean you’ve moved, you’re in jail, you’ve gone underground, you’re dead or you’re just plain LAZY.  No matter, it’s proof of residence – at one time or another.  Well, if that actually IS your Della Hall listed above there…

I barely scratched the surface in this post, but can confidently say that the Brooklyn Daily Eagle is an excellent neighborhood newspaper which should be at the TOP of your research list for all things Brooklyn.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any Brooklyn family.  But it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy electronically flipping through the pages of the Eagle; with over 100 years to choose from!

Whether it be in Brooklyn, NY or Brookline, MA,  I will research your family history – I’m The Online Genealogist!

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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The Online Genealogist presents his Top 10…

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I’ve been wanting to do a genealogy Top 10 for a while now, but for WHAT?  I’ve also had this link I’ve been wanting to weave into a post.  So, why not combine the two??

Old DiseasesWe’ve all seen several of these mostly-obsolete terms on the COD line of a death certificate or in an ancestor’s obituary.  And now with a few new newsworthy diseases lately, I thought the timing was perfect for such a blog post.  Not to mention Halloween’s coming up.  So, without further ado!…

The Online Genealogist proudly presents…  The Top 10 Old Diseases!…

#10:  Trench mouth!  They’re “painful ulcers found along gum line, caused by poor nutrition and poor hygiene”.  So, is trench mouth the disease itself or a fitting aftermath term for it?  Either way, it doesn’t sound very pleasant.

#9:  It’s a 3-way tie!… The American plague, Bronze John and dock fever are all — yellow fever!  Sometimes, a single medical term is not enough.

#8:  Cacospysy, which is an irregular pulse!  My favorites are the ones that sound much worse than they actually are.  Though, I’ve never had an irregular pulse nor do I know what may come after said pulse.  Moving along…

#7:  Then there’s strangery!  Which is a rupture.  The list doesn’t specify what’s been ruptured, so I’m assuming it’s all-encompassing.  “I’m sorry, but you have a serious case of strangery.”  “Oh no, doctor – did I rupture a disc?”  “No, I just think you’re a weirdo!”  <Tha-doomp>

#6:  And how would you like to suddenly come down with a case of… eel thingOr would it be THE eel thing?  No, it’s not one of those early ’60s fad dances; it’s erysipelas.  Cleared that up, huh?  Which turns out to be the desired result of this disease.

#5:  It’s a two-fer!  Or one may be a condition of the other?  St. Vitas dance is defined here as “ceaseless occurrence of rapid complex jerking movements performed involuntary aka Viper’s Dance”.  Then, chorea is a “disease characterized by convulsions, contortions and dancing”.  So, what happens here?  Does one with chorea go into the Viper’s Dance and then St. Vitas dance?  Or is everything occurring at ONCE??  It’s all so confusing!!!!

#4:  Here’s another one of those sounds-much-worse-than-it-is diseases – epitaxis!  If you have epitaxis, does that mean when you hail a cab, over 50 come out of nowhere?  No such luck, as it’s a nose bleed.  “And dun’t be bleedin’ inside my cab, now!”

#3:  Grocer’s itch?!?  Oh, so many things come to mind for THIS one.  But it’s probably a condition that’s been crossed off the CDC watchlist for quite some time now, being a “skin disease caused by mites in sugar or flour”.  And no, I won’t tell you what I was thinking.  The mites sound much worse.

#2:  Then there’s the dreaded sanguineous crust, which is a GOOD thing to have!  A scab means you’re healing nicely, so that wound did NOT get seriously infected and amputation wasn’t necessary.  See?  A GOOD thing!

#1:  My favorite, which I’ve never used as an excuse in the past!…  “Yeah, I won’t be into work today……  “I’ve got scrivener’s palsy“…… “Yeah, it’s really bad, I’m afraid. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment this afternoon.”  And unless your boss knows what a scrivener and palsy are, you’ll be free and clear!  If you don’t know either, you can refer to the above webpage for the description of this terrible affliction.  We should have a GoFundMe page for it, it’s so bad!

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BONUS EXTRA DISEASE:  This one is inevitable.  For all of us.  Decrepitude.  “Feebleness due to old age” sounds so broad.  One person’s “feeble” is another’s “Doin’ OK for an OLD fart!”

And remember:  You have more of a chance of being comically flattened by a steamroller than catching ebola in America.  Well, right NOW, at least…

Hey, if you’re family history research is leaving YOU feeling like the aforementioned ribbon person, hire me… The Online Genealogist!  I’ll even throw in the guarantee… that I will NOT be giving you ebola!

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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John B’s Family Research Fox Pass #17

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This (unintentional!) genealogy goof-up was early on in researching my own family; more specifically, my BRUGLIERA surname.  The (totally unforeseen!) error shall be filed under: I Shook The Family Tree A Bit Too Hard or Way To Go, Gram!

In “starting with myself”, I knew my first stop was to see Grandma Brugliera.  Unfortunately, my Great-Grandmother B died just a few years earlier; she would’ve had loads of family info and stories.

Upon asking, my Grandma pulled out some pencil-written notes on scrap paper.  “Your Grandfather had started it a while before he died.”  Wow!  All sorts of Brugliera relatives and notes about them – nice!

Prior to that visit, I was on the fence about whether I was going to pursue this genealogy thing any further.  With all sorts of other things happening at that time, it was surely the push that was needed.  And the rest is (family) history!

Grandpa must’ve “knew” one of his grandchildren would be interested in knowing their ancestors more; it was merely a coincidence that I, the eldest, took on that challenge, continuing right where he left off.  Anytime I would visit Gram, I’d gather a few more pieces of information, memories and excellent research clues.

So, one day she’s rattling off family facts and names…

“You know your Uncle ‘Frank’ was born in Brockton?”

“Yep, got that at the vital records office in Boston last month.”

“Oh, and there’s the son that his unmarried daughter [my cousin ‘Ann’] had and gave up for adoption.”

“Uhhhh, no – didn’t have him.”

“Yeah, he’d be a Brugliera; she being unmarried, right?”

“Errr – I guess.”  Not really knowing how to answer that one.

“Then there’s another uncle on your grandfather’s mother’s side….”

And on she went.

I was kind of surprised that “Ann” had a baby and didn’t keep it, but then it was no surprise as I wasn’t all that close with her and her siblings.  I gave it little thought afterwards.  Until it was B Family Tree time…

Using a very crude early knockoff of Microsoft Word, I had compiled a 10-page “collection” of worldwide Bruglieras – past and present.  I was very proud of my first family history, as more B’s in there were connected to others than not.  I made stapled copies and handed them out to several relatives.

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In keeping this family compilation manageable, I only included those that actually have/had the Brugliera name.  Most of those decisions were easy, but then I came to the mystery baby boy of “Ann”.  Should he be included?  Sure, why not?  He IS a Brugliera, so I’ll call him “unknown son Brugliera” with the adoption notation and leave it at that.

A few months later, I get a letter in the mail.  It’s my cousin “Ann”, and she is some PISSED.  “Why did you do this to me?  Now my PARENTS know about this baby!”  Uh, what – they DIDN’T?!?

Oh.  No.

Boy, did I feel like a total dope.  I didn’t even THINK of that possibility – damn!

I replied to “Ann” with an apology and explanation.  “Gram was helping me with the B Tree and your son was brought up.  I made a note and she continued on.  Gram mentioned it so matter-of-factly, I had erroneously assumed that it was public knowledge and that I was probably the last in the family to know about your son and subsequent adoption.”

I ended it with “You know, it was just Gram being Gram.  Your son will be removed in the next revised Brugliera Family Tree.”

I heard nothing more from “Ann”, and the next time I saw her, oddly enough, was at Grandma B’s funeral.  After greeting her, I again apologized for the mess I caused.  She said “Oh, that’s been long resolved.  We’re all cool; don’t worry about it!”  And that was the end of that.  Though I always include him in the grand total…

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That B number is WELL over 174 now.  And counting…

Thanks for all your family tree help, Gram!  As I said, if it weren’t for you, I may currently be into some other “-ology”, such as entomology or gynecology.  “You’re a women’s doctor?”  “No, that’s ‘genealogist‘.”

Me & GramOh, nice monkey suit there, buddy.

The moral here is to tread lightly when speaking with living family members about OTHER living family members.  Even though it may come off as “Oh, everybody knows THIS!”, it may not be so.  Especially the living family members that are CLOSEST to the other living family members.  Got all that??

 

If not, you can hire me, The Online Genealogist!  And… I… will… repeat… it… all… much… much… more… slowly.  Hey, I get paid by the hour – heh.

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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An open letter to cemetery vandals

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I don’t understand this.  Why do you feel the need to steal from the final resting place of someone’s wife, grandfather, infant daughter?  Why do you take such enjoyment in destroying these historical markers of our fore-bearers?  Or does that even enter your mind at all – as you’re breaking an 18th century headstone or tagging a beautiful family monument?

The people buried there could be my relatives.  And who knows; they could even be YOUR relatives.  Did you even think of that?  Oh, that’s right – you WEREN’T thinking.

So, how would you like that; having some drunk or stoned dude taking a bat to your little sister’s headstone?  SLAM!  “Outta the PARK!!  The crowd goes wild!!”  Does the mere thought of that leave you with a sick feeling in your stomach or do you just shrug it off and mumble “Whatever.”?

“Oh, but it’s usually just kids being kids!”

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So, is that you’re excuse as well?  “Oh, I was just messin’ around with my bros!  We meant no disrespect!”  How can you say that?  Vandalizing a cemetery has got to be one of the most disrespectful acts you could possibly do.  “But I was drunk and only having some fun!  I just got caught up in all the excitement!”  No, you just didn’t CARE.  Why?  Because destroying 27 headstones is still called “cemetery mischief”.

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When you’re caught and you will be, you’ll probably be given the usual punishment of cemetery clean-up or other community service, which is surely not enough.  You should also have to assist in researching the family history of some of those people you had absolutely NO regard for.  Kind of like a Who Do You Think You Are? meets Scared Straight to put a FACE on that deceased person you obviously had NO respect for.

Maybe after seeing these people come to life, you’ll realize that they WERE people, and not merely big stones that come out of the ground in a graveyard, primed for tipping.  Though I will never understand how you could go on a cemetery-destroying spree, maybe YOU can understand what you’re actually doing when you and your buds topple those headstones.  As it’s almost never just ONE you destroy.

In all fairness, I’m sure “Vandalising the Local Cemetery” wasn’t on your To-Do List that night and it was more like an idiotic non-decision you and your friends foolishly made.  Therein lies the problem.

Graveyard Desecration wasn’t high up in your Things You Should NOT Do List.  Because NOT Destroying a Cemetery needs be engrained and automatic for us all.

Remorse may eventually sink in for you the next few days.  But then comes another one of your lame-ass excuses – the king of them all…  “We were bored!”  I say again – I don’t understand this.

And by the way, two sets of my Italian great-grandparents are buried at a family plot in Brockton’s Calvary Cemetery, just down the street from Union Cemetery in the first article.  Fortunately, if you attempted to take down that towering gravestone, you would be justifiably flattened by it.

End note: I had to hold back some while writing this post and personally, the punishment would be FAR more severe for anyone convicted.  I have NO tolerance for such ignorance and stupidity, as I believe those caught should be made an example of for others.  So that we will NOT automatically refer to such mindless destruction as “cemetery mischief”.

Please pass this along, as Halloween is the time of year when much of the cemetery vandalism occurs.  Many cemeteries now take (online) donations for maintenance and upkeep, so if you feel as strongly about this as I do, help out a local cemetery with a few bucks if you can.  Because usually – the nicer the cemetery; the lesser the vandalism.

Besides writing letters to lowlifes, I can also research YOUR family history!

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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What’s going on in the genealogy world today?

Oh, there’s ALWAYS something happening with regard to family history research.  Here are just a few highlights…

While I don’t frequently link to others’ blog posts, there are some that simply NAIL IT with regard to what’s been going on or what I’ve been thinking about in genealogy land.  I touched upon this a few blogs back, but delves deep in the “Online Genealogy: Free vs. Subscription” debate here…

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As I said in my post, I fully understand that information costs money.  My gripe was with the yearly membership costs grand total I need to pay for those several websites and societies I’m a member of.  It adds up quickly!

And not a moment too soon, it’s a new “free” website we’ll end up paying for anyway (via taxes) – MyHeritage Library Edition!

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Great news for the “I only use FREE genealogy websites!” crowd.

And for those doing research in the land down under {insert flute here}, Trove keeps growing and growing…

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Trove is a great starting point for your Australian research.  Not just newspapers; they have books, maps, photos, videos and archives websites.  Very much like an Aussie Internet Archive…and also FREE.  And, no – I will not be trying a Vegemite sandwich any time soon.

It’s always good to see the “mainstream media” run a genealogy-related article, such as this one from the Deseret News

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I’m sure we’ll be seeing an increase of similar stories as genealogy gets a boost from shows like Who Do You Think You Are? and Genealogy Roadshow.

Happy Family History Month to everyone!

 

For The Online Genealogist, every month is Family History Month; hire me and I’ll prove it to you!

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