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Photograph Showcase: Grandma Costello’s Art

COSTELLO, Mary, 1939 sailboat art - smaller

This lovely little sailboat was created by my Great Grandma Mary Brown Young Costello in 1939 using chalk.  It appears to be an oil chalk.  My great aunt recently gave it to my sister who brought it straight to me to scan.

What a little treasure!  Grandma Costello was very talented.  She crocheted, cross-stitched, tatted, arranged flowers at a flower shop, and apparently created beautiful chalk drawings.

Aunt Barbara said that Grandpa Costello didn’t like her to draw.  I’m curious about that.  I wish I had been there to ask a few follow-up questions.  Like, did he dislike her art or the time she spent?  Or did she go somewhere to take a class and maybe that was his issue?  Expense, time, or a handsome art teacher?  😉

I am so happy my sister has a new family treasure to love and that she allowed me to capture a high quality scan so we can all enjoy Grandma Costello’s art.

 

Do you have any artists in your family?  How do you preserve and share their work?

 

ps – This drawing is framed under glass.  I did not remove it from the frame because of it’s age and the fact that it was created with chalk.  I scanned it on a high quality flat-bed scanner at my local family history center.  It turned out great!  I scanned it as a .tiff at about 1200 dpi so that family members could print the image in whatever size they prefer.  I sized it down and saved it as a .jpeg to share here.


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Photograph Showcase: Fixing the Sink

Grandpa Duval & Uncle Craig

Grandpa Duval & Uncle Craig

This is my great grandfather, Frank Duval and his grandson, my Uncle Craig.  My great grandfather was a hard worker and an excellent do-it-yourselfer.  I imagine there were lots of moments like this one with Grandpa Duval inviting his children or grandchildren to help him with a project.  His descendants include quite a few do-it-yourselfers – I don’t think that is a coincidence.

I wonder where this bathroom was…?


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DIGGING IN in 2015

gg, DIG IN!

Happy New Year!

I learned a long time ago that I am much more likely to achieve my New Year’s Resolution if I only choose one.  I think it through and carefully select one DO-able goal that I think will have an impact on other areas of my life.  They are usually simple goals like floss every day, write in my journal every day, take a shower and get ready for the day before my husband leaves (that goal was set after my youngest was born).

This year is no exception.  I have chosen one loose resolution – I’m still working on defining it exactly.

Aside from my one New Year’s Resolution, I usually choose a few shorter term goals – goals in areas of my life that just need a bit of re-focus.

This year, one of those goals is about Family History.

In 2015 I have set the goal to post at least once each week on my blog.  Because, posting about my genealogy experiences definitely improves them.  I think things through more carefully if I write about them.  I make connections with people.  I learn from my readers.  I attract distant cousins who always enrich what I know.  I read what other people write about genealogy.  Blogging about genealogy has been good and I want a little more good in my genealogy life.

So that is my genealogy goal for 2015 – at least one blog post on here each week.

I have a Genealogy Wish List for 2015 as well:

  • Order the homestead papers for Henry and Alice Hyde.
  • Order the homestead application for Frank and Alice Duval.
  • Acquire the Estate record for Alice Hyde.
  • Order the Civil War Records for Landrie Brouillette & Seth Potter Maffit.
  • Make ANY kind of progress on John Costello – my great grandfather and SERIOUS brick wall.
  • Make a decision on a DNA test/company and have John Costello’s two living sons (in their 80s) take the test.
  • Buy a higher quality scanner.
  • Finish scanning the many photos Grandma gave me.
  • Clean out my hard drive.
  • Buy Dragon Naturally Speaking (is that what it’s called?) and use it to transcribe the interviews I have recorded.
  • Find someone to rescue the old cassette recordings my mom gave me to care for.
  • Order a handful of the long list of English records I want.  (Pricey)
  • Resolve the conflict in Family Tree on familysearch regarding my James Young, my 4th great grandfather.  This requires a surname study for the parish.  Two James Youngs married two Janet Robertsons two years apart and each had a son James Young.  Oy!
  • Prove or disprove that Landrie Brouillette and Emilie Fortin are the parents of Esther Brouillette.
  • Organize my family photos, documents, videos.  Make backups.
  • Participate in the 52 Ancestors challenge again.  (No pressure, just when it fits in.)
  • Join Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
  • Attend RootsTech.
  • Learn more about the Alaskan adventures of my family members.
  • Visit BYU and the FHL in SLC more often.

I could keep going and going.  But I know that setting ONE goal – writing one blog post each week – is DO-able and it will help me chip away at that big old list there.

So, how about it?

What is your ONE Genealogy goal for 2015?

I challenge you to set ONE goal and DIG IN!

PS – that super cool photo up there is my Great Grandpa Frank Duval.  Here it is with the back of the photo too.

Frank Duval, August 1938

Frank Duval,

Frank Duval, A-6- International Truck, Douglas’es Shovel a North West.  On Overpass at Shelby, Mont.  August 1938 [handwriting belongs to Frank’s wife Estelle Maffit Duval.]


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Photograph Showcase: Back to School Best

vicki and craig costello, sept 1958

My Aunt Vicki & Uncle Craig, ready for school. My mom is peeking through the screen door.

Back to School pictures have been flooding my Facebook news feed for days now.  These precious first day photos have been a long tradition in my family.  I love this one of my aunt & uncle.  That Zorro lunch box is pretty awesome.  My poor mom is looking disappointed to be left out.  You can see her peeking through the screen door.


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Ancestory Story – Amelia Pallina – 52 Ancestors

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A portion of my great grandparent’s marriage record.

Amelia Pallina is my 2nd great grandmother.  Except for the thing is, I don’t know for sure that’s her name.

I know that she exists because I know her son exists.  He is John Costello, my biggest brickwall.

So what do I know about Amelia?  Not much, let’s break it down.

  • I have the above marriage record for her son John that states her name is Amelia Pallina and that she was born in Barcelona, Spain.
  • I have an entry in the front of my mother’s baby book that matches this marriage record.
  • The 1920 & 1930 US Census for John list his mother’s birthplace as Spain.
  • I have a few oral family stories stating that she was the mother of 4 children, John and 3 daughters.

When I look at my tree, my eye always goes right to Amelia’s name.  It is my most recent dead end.  She is a mystery, a woman hidden by mist.  So hidden in fact that I can only see her outline.  And it’s pretty hazy.

Amelia, who are you?  Is that your name?

 

I also wrote about John Costello here.


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Ancestor Story – Mary Brown Young and her return to Scotland – 52 Ancestors

Mary Brown Young in Scotland

Mary Brown Young in Scotland

Mary Brown Young is my great grandmother.  She was born 7 June 1903 in Carluke, Lanark, Scotland to James Young and Catherine Brown.  In October of 1910 she left Scotland with her mother and three siblings and immigrated to America.  They lived for a time in Butte, Montana before settling in Spokane, Washington.

Mary was just fifteen and a half when she married John Costello 1 January 1919 in Spokane.  It has been said that she had ten pregnancies.  Every pregnancy ended with a pre-term delivery.  Six babies had records generated about them, two were male children with no given name, four lived long enough to be named and of those four, three lived to adulthood.

Mary worked for many years as a florist in Spokane.  She didn’t drive, so she traveled to and from work by walking and riding the bus.

When Mary was just 63 years old her husband died.  She lived 31 years as a widow, dying 11 June 1997 in Spokane, Washington.

Sometime in her later years she made a trip back to Scotland.  There are a few photos of Mary with some of her cousins.  And then, there is this photo.  A photo that has captured my attention.  Something about it tells me that this particular cottage was important to Mary.  Important enough to go and stand in front and have her photo taken.

I’ve wondered if this was her childhood home or the home of a grandmother.  I’ve also wondered if I am imagining the home’s significance to Mary.  Maybe it’s just the home of a cousin she visited.  But then right after the thought crosses my mind I am once again convinced that this cottage is significant to Mary’s story.  And that makes it significant to me.

I hope this particular cottage is still standing.  I hope I will be able to recognize it when I find it.  I hope to one day look at this photo and understand exactly why it is so compelling.  Why Mary traveled from Spokane to this spot during her golden years.  Why she walked up to this cottage and stood next to that door and asked someone to take her photograph.  Why did she love this home so much?

One day, I hope I will be able to tell you.