Where They Lived

Many records give the address where our ancestors were living. Census records are a great source of addresses (check the left margin), as are some military records. I’m always interested in seeing whether the property still exists and what it looks like today.

Thanks to google maps and street view, you can often get a close look at a property.

Find a street address and then visit https://www.google.com/maps

Type in the address and you’ll see a box like this, top left of your screen:

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Click on the photo where it says “street view” in white to get a look at the street:

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Now us the + sign (bottom right) to zoom in, if necessary. You can often see the house number on or near the front door. In this case, my ancestors lived in the house on the far right:

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You may not always find street view available – it depends on what Google has imaged. You’ll have the most luck in larger cities and towns, as opposed to rural areas.

You may also find that addresses have changed and the exact house number may no longer exist, even though the street does. The same is true of streets – names can change over the years. It’s also possible the building has been demolished in the decades or centuries since your ancestors lived in the area.

Happy hunting!


Family Recipe Friday

I have no idea what family member this recipe came from, but it was with the large collection of recipe’s from my grandmother. I’m drawn to this “Jellied Grapefruit Salad” recipe card because of the interesting handwriting, the side-view drawing of what the salad should look like, and the terrifying mix of gelatin, juices, cream cheese, steamed prunes, and a garnish of mayonnaise. Yikes!

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The Taylor Children at School

As I continue to try and learn more about the children of Frederick and Mary (Felver) Taylor of Dover, New Jersey, I’ve been trying various google search combinations to try to churn up more information about the children: Edna Marguerite, Maud, Clarence, Helen, and Joseph.

Descendants of one of these children may be the only other source of clarity on the Felver family origins. My dream is to find a living descendent that has a family bible. How wonderful would that be.


I did discover that the Taylor kids show up in local news under the very cute school reports detailing “class leaders” and “present every day” students.

Here you’ll see Marguerite and Maud who are both in the 7th grade but in different classes. I always thought they were born in two different years, but now I wonder if they could have been twins.

Clarence is a bit farther down the page in the 5th grade while Helen is in the 3rd grade.

The youngest, Joseph,  was three years younger than Helen and wouldn’t have been in grammar school.

While this kind of school report doesn’t provide hard data, it does provide details of the lives of the Taylor children. Marguerite, Maud, Clarence, and Helen were present every day – imagine that! And two out of four were cited as class leaders.

Clearly, education was important in the Taylor family.

Friday’s Faces from the Past

Birthday Celebration


The back of this photo is simply labeled “Mary Marnie”. I think that’s her, sitting at the head of table. There’s a cake off to the left side of the table—perhaps it was a birthday celebration?

The other women in the photo are unknown to me. Mary Marnie lived in Philadelphia and this photo was most likely taken in the old South Philadelphia home the Marnie’s lived in on Synder Ave. for many years.

Daughters of the American Revolution

Are you a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution?

Nearly every time I’ve seen my aunt over the past 20 years she has asked me when I’m going to join. She’s been a member for a long time and is quite involved. I finally broke down and agreed to join—why not, after all? We’re working on my application and I’m planning to attend a local chapter meeting next month.

I’m curious to hear from other members what they enjoy most about the organization. I have to admit that I’m most interested in the genealogy and historic preservation aspects than I am in other aspects and this has caused my hesitancy to join in the past. Do members tend to have a special interest or are members expected to take part in all aspects and activities?

Family Recipes

Hyde Park Cake - The Hess Special

Hyde Park Cake – The Hess Special

My mother shared this worn recipe card with me because it’s labeled as “The Hess Special” and came from my great-grandmother Olive Edna (Hess) Hill. I haven’t baked this simple looking cake yet, although I did ask mom what temperature a “moderate oven” should be.

The thing that thrills me about something as simple as a beat up old recipe card is that this cake was something special to my great-grandmother and that it’s (most likely) in her handwriting. It could be my grandmother’s writing, but comparing it to other items I know are hers this is a bit different.

I am amazed—when comparing handwritten items—how similar both male and female ancestors writing style is to my own, or that of my siblings and mother.

William Exall Felver, Sr. (1888-1936)

William Exall Felver

William Exall Felver

William Exall Felver was my great-grandmother’s brother. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 29, 1888 and spent much of his life in Mount Vernon, NY.

He fought during WWI in France and sent home this handsome photo home to his sister. According to his military records, William was drafted into service on May 26, 1918. He was sent to Europe on June 30, 1918 and returned on February 21, 1919. He was discharged on March 8, 1919 at Camp Dix, NJ. He was at Meuse-Argonne fro October 1, 1918 to November 14, 1918. He was not injured.

William Exall Felver

William married Louise Kothe on November 21, 1921. He and Louise had one child, William E. Felver, Jr. (1923-2007).

William Exall Felver

William Exall Felver, Sr. died on March 27, 1936 due to leukemia. He was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.