09/11 Flight 93 Memorial

September 11, 2013

Another anniversary is here. We are reminded of what happened in New York and Washington, but not so much about Pennsylvania. Two years ago, Patti and I decided to take a trip to the Flight 93 National Memorial.

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When we arrived, there was a delay for our entry into the Memorial area. What we didn’t know, was that President Obama was meeting with the families of those that died 10 years earlier, on that sacred ground.

The presidential choppers took off from a near by field, and we were allowed in. We passed many family members leaving as we walked in.  The press was there, of course, asking questions. but for many of us, it was a time to remember. Not necessarily for our family members, but for those who lost family on that day.

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There are family members in the picture above.

Below, is the resting place for Flight 93. We would find out later, that our President put flowers on that sacred place.

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The memorial was very plain, but appropriate. On this day, many people were taking pictures.

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There were many stories, left behind.

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Looking down the wall, which was the actual final flight path, beyond a wooden gate, was the mound of dirt, where the plane rested.

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Of course the media was there, as you can tell by the satellite trucks on the hill

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And the reporters ….

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As with other memorial services, these bells were rung.

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And motorcycles, many, many motorcycles, many with American Flags.

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The entrance to the Memorial, with the wall just to the right of this picture.

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A Genealogy Quilt

July 7, 2013

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I have talked about “my quilt” a couple of times and use it at a backdrop when I am “hangin’ out” with my cousin Dear MYRTLE.

As you can see, it was a Christmas present from my older daughter Carrie Worthington. She captured, in this one quilt, the pieces of my life, I’ll share parts of this quilt here.

Music to my Dad, she says.

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That is the boarder and background to this side of the quilt. Music has been a large part of my life. For example, I went through the US Coast Guard boot camp, in Cape May, NJ as a member of the marching band. Of course 4 years of high school and 2 years of college playing in the band and orchestra in both didn’t hurt. But singing is what I have done more of.

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Started out in a church choir with my brother and Grandfather. My dad, couldn’t carry a note in a bucket, but he was the crucifer for the choir. I also sang Barbershop Quartet music in several chorus’ and several quartets for about 15 years. Competed with a chorus in 1982 where we placed 2nd internationally.

But, lets go back a generation to pick up my mother in this quilt.

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She loved horses and had a number of them over her life. So, Carrie’s grandmother was remembered.

What about my dad? Besides a round or two of golf, it was about fishing.

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OK, I like fishing too. But, this also picked up that her other grandfather owned a fish store, here in NJ.

I was a scout. Did that help me in the US Coast Guard? Oh yeah.

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Oh yeah, the Coast Guard is here with all of this nautical stuff

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She didn’t miss to show one of her skills, but the skills of her mother.

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Of course, she didn’t miss herself and sister Jennie

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and a few years later

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Speaking of kids, and I have not clue where she got this one from

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I think this was at Easter, Lionville, PA about 1946 or so.

Did I mention we lived in Washington DC for 15 years, and both daughters were born there?

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We may live in New Jersey, but Jenn and I are still Redskins fans.

Can’t forget out camping years

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My 30 years working for AT&T wasn’t missed.

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Jumping ahead many years, Carrie’s wedding with Jenn and my parents.

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Maine was / is a favorite place to visit, so shortly after Patti and I were married, we went to visit the home of one of my ancestor’s in Southwest Harbor, the Mountain House on the Carroll Homestead. Did I mention that Patti also does family history research?

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You just can’t drive down the road and pass a cemetery without stopping.

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Can’t forget the Grand Pup’s

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But, what about Genealogy?

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You put that all together and you have:

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Thank you Carrie !!


A Find-A-Grave Experience

June 24, 2013

I am not sure how I feel about this:

On Thursday, I am going to Arlington National Cemetery for the burial of my uncle, Americus Lamberti (1917 – 2012). We knew he was going to be buried there, just not when. We have been in contact with Arlington and the funeral home. On Saturday, we received a call from the funeral home and checked the Arlington National Cemetery website to get the information that we knew would be posted there.

I decided to go to my uncles file in my genealogy database program and there was a shaky leaf. Now I know I haven’t followed all of them, and hadn’t looked at Uncle Max’s profile for a while. The first HINT, from Ancestry, was to their index to Find-A-Grave.

It looks like the funeral home created the memorial in Find-A-Grave 2 days after my uncle died.

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Since I have been to the twin’s plot, took pictures, I checked to see if I have posted the pictures on Find-A-Grave. I had not. Took care of one of the twins and I realized that the second twin was not listed. Took care of that, with a picture. Will post a picture of Uncle Max after the service on Thursday.

I have seen conversations, in blogs and online, about how quickly information is posted on Find-A-Grave. I now “get it” and what that means. His obituary was online, on Find-A-Grave 2 days after he died, a memorial was created on Find-A-Grave, but he won’t be buried for 4 more days. Also, it was picked up by Ancestry.com and I had a shaky leaf.

Now if some of our other ancestors would show up that fast.

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Result of the use of WikiTree to gather information

April 9, 2013

I did a series of blog posts on the use of WikiTree to gather information from the “facebook” generation.

http://worthy2be.wordpress.com/tag/wiki-tree/

My goal was to gather family information about some nieces and nephews that I had lost contact with, so that I could generate a book and/or chart for my Aunt, my Dads younger sister.

What I had noticed, is that these nieces and nephews and their children were “online” on Facebook. So, how to gather their information for me to add to my genealogy database. Online … hmmmm … Oh yeah, there is WikiTree. http://www.wikitree.com/

I provided instructions to the upper right of my blog, on how I wanted “them” to use WikiTree, because I want that tree to be completely private as I was gathering information on living people, including a couple of babies.

Well, it worked. I had great help from a couple of cousins to pull this together and hope that I can get a couple of other cousins to help me fill out their “lines”.

I sent my data along to Family Chartmasters and my friend “the Chart Chick” Janet Hovorka, and the Family Chartmasters generated a beautiful Descendant Chart that I gave to my aunt. Now, when her great-grandchildren come to visit her, they can see that chart, find their name then listen to my Aunt tell her stories. And she has a bunch of great stories.

Item for my ToDo list: Take my digital recorder with me the next time I go to visit.

Here is that chart:

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The Whitall House

September 17, 2012

I have been following a Blog, Historic Places in South Jersey, for some time and have been in contact with the Blogger. Afterall, she is a docent at my 5th Great Grandparents home. Yesterday, Sunday, I noticed this entry.

http://historicplacessj.blogspot.com/2012/09/sunday-91612-at-red-bank-battlefield.html

Gee, a Genealogy Day at the Whitall House.

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Quickly had Patti text to Carrie, to let her know what I was doing, showered, and out the door in record time. Once again, I am reminded how nice it is go live within 4 or 5 hours from where my ancestors lived. This one is about 1 1/2 hours away.

My first item on the agenda was to meet my blogger buddy. Found her in the “hospital”.

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Finally, got to meet her in person. Way cool.

Carrie arrived, and the fun began. We went back to the “hospital” and introduced Carrie to the “nurse”.

This room was presenting what the room may have looked like, during the battle that took place at Fort Mercer, right next door. Ann Cooper Whitall opened the house to “both sides”. This, as I understand it, would not allow Carrie to join the DAR, due to recent activities that took Ann Cooper Whitall from being a Patriot, as she took in both the both sides of the war.

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In the next room, we would meet “new cousins”. A gentleman and HIS daughter, for the same reason, visiting our Ancestors home.

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We are in the “front room” with the “hospital” behind us. We would spend the next hour or so, walking through the Whitall House, sharing stories.

More photos can be seen here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hrworth/7996137965/in/photostream

Now to begin our journey in sharing our research and see how we are related. We are descendants of James (1716-1797) and Ann Cooper Whitall (1717-1808).

One item of interest, is that Ann Cooper Whitall kept a Diary and it was on display.

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More information on this historic place can be found here>

http://www.nj.searchroots.com/Gloucesterco/redbank.html

What a great day !!!


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