Growing up Gardening

My grandfather always grew fruits and vegetables as did his grandfather and great grandfather.  Maybe it was because he was familiar with farm life as a young man.  Like many others, my grandparents… Continue reading

Joseph Part 4 – The Second of Three Remarkable People

The 1940 census shows that my grandparents moved from Philadelphia to Alexandria and purchased a house there.  I’m guessing that they moved there about 1937 when he worked for the Navy Department. It… Continue reading

What’s For Dinner?

Since I decided to take on the Family History Writing challenge I thought it might be wise to mix things up a bit.  I will be writing up some of my memories of… Continue reading

Family History Writing Challenge, February 1 – 28

I have decided to challenge myself to continue writing about my family history by participating in the Family History Writing Challenge, February 1 – 28. The challenge for me is to do it… Continue reading

Joseph Part 3 – The Second of Three Remarkable People

At the urging of one of the stockbrokers at his father’s place of business, Joseph went to school.  Though he had no formal education he was accepted as a student at Cooper Union… Continue reading


Doing genealogy is far more interesting with the old technology…but I must admit, I have made advances far beyond what I ever dreamed because of the Internet!

Joseph Part 2 – The Second of Three Remarkable People

As I have continued to research my grandfather’s life I found that one person really stood out and made every effort to keep this family intact and that was Emma’s father B.B. He… Continue reading

Joseph Part 1- The Second of Three Remarkable People

As I continued my research into my family I started with my grandfather, Joseph.  I had learned that his side of the family all came from a small town in Western Pennsylvania.  In… Continue reading


Originally posted on "Greatest Generation" Life Lessons:
I’ve invited gpcox to share another post with us. This one concerns the life of an American Family during the 1940’s. I learned a…

Joseph (Introduction) – The Second of Three Remarkable People

Almost a decade ago I became interested in my family history.  I knew nothing beyond the name of my grandparents, that my grandfather had been the 7th Joseph Barnes in the family and… Continue reading