Saturday, August 31, 2019

What's in a Name?

I came in from cleaning some of the garden and thought I would work on my family tree.  Unfortunately, the site containing the old Italian records is not working right now.  So, I thought I would share just a small glimpse of what I have discovered, with more to come later.

I have found direct ancestors back to birth dates in the mid 1700's.  I now know who my fourth great-grandparents are on my Mother's side of the family and my fifth great-grandparents on my Father's side.  I am surprised to say the least.

As for the title of the post, I will share with you the various last names that make up this prestigious line of people who brought you yours truly.  In alphabetical order, they are:

Bellot,  Bernarduz,  Bertolla,  Bialobrzeska,  de Biasi, Deanna 'detta' Busai,  Diana 'detto' Busai,  del Pup 'detta' Susan,  Dobkowski,  Falomo,  Gardonio,  Jacinski,  Kozimor,  Lenarduz,  Lenien,  Mariuz,  Mascherin,  Modzelewska,  Ongaro,  Rossetto,  Silarski,  Skarzynska,  Szal,  Turrin,  Zelico,  and Zydek.

Those 'detto' and detta' names are Italian and are given to children to indicate a particular descendant line.  It is confusing when a mother gives her surname on a birth certificate one time and the next time gives her 'detta' name.  I thought one of my great grandfathers had two wives, lol.  Found the marriage certificate and realized there was only one woman in his life. 

If any of you have any of these names in your family tree, we might be related.  I have over 16,000 DNA matches, so who knows.

Friday, August 23, 2019

8 Surprising Things That Increase the Chances of a Stroke

I just received an email with the title of this post in the Headline.  So here are my eight things - I have no idea what they said in the article.

1.  Realizing that we have an idiot running this country.

2.  Reading stories about what the idiot in chief just said.

3.  Hearing the idiot start speaking on the radio.

4.  Seeing a smirking picture of the idiot in chief - or actually any picture of same.

5.  Listening to someone say what a great job the idiot is doing.

6.  Thinking that the idiot could get elected yet again - despite losing the popular vote.

7.  Worrying that this one person could destroy our economy and our way of life in America.

8.  Thinking about what the future hold in store for my grandchildren - if there is a future.

My rant.  I haven't done that in many months.  The other day the phone rang and it was a relative who wanted to rant about the idiot thinking he deserves the Medal of Honor.  It was midnight in Paris and she couldn't call her son, lol.  Well, he does bring some families closer together.  I avoid the relatives who seem to agree with him.