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Friday, April 20, 2012

Family Photos Friday: My father-in-law, as a toddler

My husband's father, as a toddler, in his sailor stripes.
I haven't had much time for research the past few weeks, but I will continue to at least share old family photos until I resume my research.

Since I shared a photo of my dad last week, this week's Family Photos Friday submission is a photo of my wonderful father-in-law -- also as a toddler. What I like so much about this photo is his little sailor stripes outfit. Very fitting since my husband's dad has spent much of his life sailing, and grew up to become a marine biologist who is happiest on the sea or picking his banjo.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Family Photos Friday: My dad, as a toddler

My dad, as a toddler. His hair still looks like that at times.
This week's "Family Photos Friday" selection is one of my very favorite photos -- it's my dad, as a toddler, wearing exactly the kind of coordinated boy outfit that he refused to allow Mom to put on my brother as a child.  And those wild curls -- his hair still resembles that look at times when he's overdue for a haircut.

I have the best dad in the world!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Family Photos Friday: Hessie Hemphill McNamara

Hester "Hessie" Hemphill McNamara (1853-1941)
This week's "Family Photos Friday" features a well worn photo I discovered just this week in the Public Family History Content of Ancestry.com, from Public Tree member jad3164.  The subject is my husband's great-great-grandmother, Hester "Hessie" Hemphill McNamara (1853-1941).

I myself haven't done much research on our McNamara line, but fortunately, there are already a ton of other genealogists who have heavily researched and documented this family.  I will share more about Hessie as I corroborate the information so generously shared by my fellow family historians.

And I just love how many people now share ancestral photos on their Ancestry Public Trees.  What a joyful discovery each time I stumble across a photo of my family's ancestors or distant relations.  I myself now try to remember to post photos from our own collections whenever I am adding to one of our public family tree profiles on Ancestry, to reciprocate and allow other researches to use and share these photographic treasures.



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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Research Leads: My husband's ancestors helped settle Jamestown, Virgnia



The 1624 map created by Captain John Smith of the new settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
This past week, while comparing my own researching against that of others who share their work in Ancestry Family Tree, I came across some heavily documented public trees that trace the male ancestral line of our Roy D. Pace's grandfather, William F. Pace (1846-1915), all the way back to Jamestown, Virginia. THE Jamestown, Virginia -- first permanent English settlement in the current United States.

How cool is that?!

I'm just starting to research this lead, but there is quite a bit published about this family line.

It looks like my husband has several ancestors who lived in the early Jamestown settlement. Richard Pace (1583-1627), and his wife Isabella Smyth (1589-1637) -- who immigrated from England, and their son George Pace (1609-1655).  If this lead is indeed true, Richard -- who has an entry in Wikipedia -- is my husband's 10th great-grandfather, and George is my husband's 9th great-grandfather.  My fellow researchers are in dispute as to whether George was born in Jamestown, or back in England.

I don't find any of our Jamestown ancestors on the Historic Jamestowne lists of the initial settlers who arrived in 1607 and 1608. There are quite a few Jamestown history and lineage books available through Google Books that mention Richard Pace, and the Historic Jamestown site claims to have a biography of both Richard and his wife Isabelle available -- but their horrid shop site keeps throwing server errors when I try to authenticate and activate my account (a sign warning me NOT to try to buy online through them).

I am very excited at the challenge of proving this lineage true!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Our family history tie to the Civilian Conservation Corps, established 79 years ago this week


CCC Company 819 baseball team, 1930s. Roy D. Pace is in the front row, second from left. Click the image to view a larger copy.
On April 5, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6101, establishing the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal program that lasted until 1942.

My husband's grandfather, Roy D. Pace, worked in the CCC as a young man -- serving in, according to my husband's family, the Grand Canyon. When looking through old photos recently, I came across this photo of Roy Pace and his CCC baseball team from the 1930s. Doing a search for the company name noted in the sign (Co. 819) revealed that Roy's CCC company was the first of many CCC companies to indeed work in Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon’s first CCC company (Company 819) arrived on May 29, 1933 and continued on the South Rim until the end of the program in July, 1942.
The men of Company 819 built the stone wall along the rim between El Tovar Hotel and Bright Angel Lodge, improved the Bright Angel Trail, landscaped the Grand Canyon Village area and, constructed the Community Building. -- Source: National Park Service
I also found this cool video produced by Grand Canyon National Park about the work done by the CCC.  Projects -- noted above on the NPS site -- that Roy's Company 819 worked on include the Rock Guard Wall (video spot 1:27), and the Community Building (video spot 2:05) built 1934-1935. My father says he remember hearing, growing up, that his grandfather worked on the telephone lines being strung across the canyon.

The video notes an official CCC history walking tour (.pdf download) in the park, which you can be sure Jeff and I will venture out to do soon now that I've confirmed his grandfather's association with Company 819.


Searching for a bit more history about Company 819, I was thrilled to find Roy Pace listed in the camp yearbooks for the first and second year Company 819 was based in the Grand Canyon. Page 12 of both books states that Roy played first base on the company baseball team.

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