Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

The lady on the right is my maternal great grandmother ~ Mary Ann Holmes Chaplin.
The lady in the middle is one of my great Aunts, Mary Ann's daughter. My cousins & I think it is Edith L. Chaplin. 
The other lady is a mystery.  Who are you dear lady?? Reveal yourself to me!

Three Ladies

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Treasure from the Cigar Box

This is the first post about the items in my Dad's cigar box , read about the cigar box here.

These documents are my Mom, Annette's Separation Qualification Record.  She was in the Army Nurse Corps towards the end of and after the end of WWII.  She was stationed at the 248th General Hospital at Manila Luzon Philippine Islands.  She entered the service on 29 Mar 1945 and was relieved of active duty on 15 Aug 1947.  Her rank was 1st Lieutenant. 

She earned two medals

Asiatic Pacific Service Medal
WWII Victory Medal Front

WWII Victory Medal Reverse Side
We don't have her medals or any pictures she took while in the service.  She never told me about her experiences.  When I first asked she felt I was too young to know, when I was older she was too sick with Cancer to be asked. Pictures of the medals are from various web sites.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My First Find on the 1940 Census

See what happens when you can't sleep at night!

On Lines 18 is my Grandfather George Joseph Hartmann, line 19 is my Grandmother Mary Jirak Hartmann, who gave the information for the enumerator.
Line 20 is my Dad and he was working as a Fireman.  21 is my Aunt Em and 22 is my Uncle Richard.
I was a little surprised to see my Dad living at home at age 27.

This is the link I used to help find them.  It was really easy.  Direct Me NYCYou look your family up in the New York City directory of 1940, I went to Ancestry and typed in the cross streets and after scanning a few pages to get to the right street I found them.  How easy is that!!! If you have New York ancestors go try it you will like it!

One small step for me and my ancestors!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Grandma Minnie Elizabeth Spahn Chaplin

With my Aunt Bea and Uncle Bill.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Treasure Box

Last week I was in Miami, Florida for vacation and drove up to Davie, Florida to visit with my brother.  I hadn't been there very long when he said, "I have something I want to give. I was going to mail it to you but I am too lazy."  When I saw what was in his hand I exclaimed, "Dad's Cigar Box." This is what he handed me.
Dad's Cigar Box and a Record Jacket
Paper's in the Box

Paper from the folder
Some of the items include:
  • Dad's Certificate of Birth, Baptism & Marriages to both of my mothers
  • Copies of his parent's death certificates
  • My Mom's Annette Report of Separation of Service.
  • My Dad's Address book
The amazing thing is about a week before I went to Florida I thought, I wish I had my Dad's address book.  And now I have it!!  One of those Genealogy Serendipitous Moments!!!

More posts will come with details of the contents.