A major breakthrough in my personal family research was as simple as finding a few matching records for FREE on familysearch.org . I was able to find the burial of my wright gg grandparents, they lived in Northern Philadelphia abt 1880-1940. From these matching death records I was lead to The Knights of Pythias Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. And now I know- this cemetery needs our help!!
"The ancestor of every action is a thought." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few weeks ago I posted some "then and now" pictures of old school brooklyn from the NYPL digital gallery with my own pictures from 2011. I had so much fun doing this! I have been able to do this type of project with some of my family pictures and it was really amazing to see the transformations. For those of you who can't visit NYC, I want to help you connect your family pictures with their modern day counterpart. But there are only 3 wishes...the first 3 people to email me one of their original* Manhattan or Brooklyn Family picture will be granted 3 free current day pictures!
I've been given the One Lovely Blog Award from 2 fellow bloggers; Donna from Hanging With the Family Tree and Traci from Spirits of the Old. Thank you both so much for recognition and interest in my Pursuits of a Desperate Genie! These awards are so great for us to connect and find new great blogs! There are a few "rules" to follow when you've been given the nod.
I love looking at old pictures and the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery is a great place to get lost in the past! I found a few 5th avenue oldies and spent a springy afternoon taking pictures of Brooklyn in 2011. Matching the shots was a very cool experience! I couldn't believe it, most of the buildings look exactly the same! The first picture was taken from the corner of 5th Ave and Dean Street, facing the Triangle Sporting Goods Store. The image I found from 1942 (NYPL) matches up perfectly to the modern day Triangle Sports Store. It's been almost 70 years since this original picture was taken. The 2011 picture shows how times have changed, the partial construction of the new Net's Arena can been seen in the background. This area will surely be changing in the near future. I've read that this store could be one of the oldest business in Brooklyn, can they survive the arrival of the Net's?? Enjoy the stroll down memory lane... and please share your own experiences with 'now and then' pictures!