About Me

I loved looking through our old family photos and kept finding myself asking the same questions about who the people were and how we were related. The old photos were my “gateway drug” that led to working on my family tree. I have organized, reorganized, scanned, and rescanned the family photos–beginning with the oldest that belonged to my great grandparents. My intention for this blog is to share the photos and the corresponding research to bring these ancestors to life. Cousin bait? Yes please! If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to connect to distant relatives. In reality, I don’t expect anyone to really be as excited about all this, but I’m putting it out there just the same.


17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Suggestion: Please make every effort to formally interview all of your family members while you are young. You have a unique advantage that many of us “older” researchers don’t have! Take a digital recorder, prepare your interview beforehand, ask seemingly insignificant questions such as, “Did you go to your grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? What can you tell me about what she cooked? What it was like being in her kitchen…the aromas, the type of cooking utensils? Did she have any special recipes”? I actually teach a class in how to prepare for such an interview and there are a few books out on the internet with the type and variety of questions that go WAY beyond “Where were you born” or “What was your father’s name”. Feel free to contact me at dave@oldbones.co (not .com!!!).

  2. You are SO lucky to have started this young. I wish I had, as the people who could tell me so much are no longer here.

    I have an Irish line, which I haven’t looked into yet. My Irish ancestors came to Scotland before 1840 so finding him would be a nightmare! Hence I haven’t tried.

    Thanks for liking my blog post.


  3. Thank you for visiting my blog, Nincompoopery. I am also addicted to genealogy and cannot find my great-great grandfather’s parents. I am in it mire for the juicy stories than anything else, and there is proving to be a lot of them.

  4. Kyla, I began my genealogy research at 30 as well. I am almost 38 and find myself obsessed with it. You and I seem to have a lot in common. I too have inherited my mother’s family photos and I’m in search for the rest or anything else I can find from my family. I have often felt like the black sheep because there are few people I know that share the same enthusiasm for genealogy research. Great job and the page!

  5. Hi Kyla,

    My name is John Castaldo and I am tracing my ancestry as well. I found your website by Google searching Mary Coughlin; she married Patrick Minnick, my great-great grandfather from Ireland. I was fascinated with the research you did on her sister Bridget and how you posted it online here. It actually helped me with some of my own research. I will be going to Ireland in September, and I would love to learn more about what you learned about the Coughlin side of your family. Have you been to Ireland yourself? Please reach out to me sometime and maybe we can build upon what we already know.

    Thanks again,

    John Castaldo

    • Hello distant cousin! Thank you very much for taking to the time to reach out. Unfortunately, I have not made it to Ireland but I would love to hear about what you find during your visit. I wish I had even more information, but I do I have the names of Bridget’s parents and likely most of her brothers and sisters. Feel free to email me at flyingseaotters@hotmail.com and I can send you the few things I do have.

  6. I wish I had started 30 years ago. So many of the people I have found died within the last ten years. Imagine how much more I would know about my ancestors If they were still alive. You are smart to start so young—be grateful to your biology teacher for getting you started!

  7. Hello Kyla! I found your site as I have been trying to look into my 2nd great grandmother’s history (who is also a Burke). Like you, I feel like I am at a dead end with her, but will hopefully come across something in the next few months as we try to narrow down a marriage date and maybe get a marriage record which will help us go further. I understand your dilemmas with research and why we sometimes torture ourselves finding documents to get us to a more distant generation and then hit another road block. I guess it must be the mystery and detective work that makes it intriguing 🙂 I am fairly young, too. I am 32 as of now but have been researching heavily since 1996. My Grandma really got me started in all of this and I have never quite stopped. If you feel like it, you can stop by my blog for a quick peek – http://loveofheritage.blogspot.com/ – Good luck with your search!!

  8. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I love to read genealogy blogs, and I am entranced by old photos. Thank you for sharing your blog!

  9. Hi Kyla, I’m happy to find your site on a search of my Ponce, Puerto Rico Velazquez, Sapia and Bosch families. Your blog is very well done, thank you! I also enjoyed your Pinterest page tonight 🙂 When I was your age, I began my genealogical search of my Puerto Rican family, and then married and had children. Now that my kids out of the house and I’m a full time writer, I am getting back into it–picking up the threads where I left off so long ago. Good luck with your search! If you have Ponce Velazquez relatives, you can find me at http://www.facebook.com/eleanorparkersapia Thank you!

  10. Greetings Cousin ! What can you tell me about Joseph McCabe (born in Tulach Mor, Offaly, Ireland) ?

    You and I are DNA cousins (ancestry.com) and I have enjoyed your blog immensely !

    We have family in Cavan, Fermanagh and Armagh, I would be interested to find out from you what you know of your McCabe’s from Tulach Mor, Offaly,

    Best wishes,
    Tim McCabe, Perth, Western Australia (email: mccabeandco@gmail.com

    • Hi Tim! I’m so sorry I hadn’t seen this before now. I wish I had more information, but I don’t know anything more about Joseph McCabe outside of his spouse and children when he was in Chicago.

  11. Hello, I am also doing research for a friend with roots in Penuelas but have reached a dead end..any suggestions where to look?

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