Lauretta Eldridge & Children

This is one of my favorite family photographs, circa 1950.  This is my grandmother, Lauretta Frances Eldridge (b. 3 Sept. 1909, d. 13 April 1989) with her three children. Lauretta was married three times.  Lauretta first married Harold Aitken and together they had a daughter named Gertrude Aitken (married name Caggiano).  Later, Lauretta married her… Continue reading Lauretta Eldridge & Children


Macedonian Conditions in 1906

Stumbled across this Google Book today; Official Documents Concerning the Deplorable Condition of Affairs in Macedonia published in 1906.  Not for the faint of heart.  Details horrendous activities taking place in Macedonia at the turn of the century. My ancestors emigrated in 1920; this description of conditions at the time may help to explain why they… Continue reading Macedonian Conditions in 1906


Dimitreas Family of Kardamilli Greece

Sitting on this donkey is my great-grandmother, Anastasia Dimitreas Spileos b. 1893 in Kardamilli Greece – d. 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  Anastasia emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1913.  This photograph was taken during a trip to Greece to visit family, possibly 1955.  It is believed from the strong resemblance, that she is photographed here with… Continue reading Dimitreas Family of Kardamilli Greece


Kotta and Kottas from Macedonia

Searching for ancestors and descendants of the Kottas / Kotta family.  The family sailed from the Port of Piraeus on board the S.S. Megali Hellas, and arrived in New York City, New York on April 22, 1920.  On the ship manifest are; Ioannis Kottas, age 39 years Viktoria Kotta, age 25 years (his wife) Naoum Kottas, age 6 years (their child) Soultana Kotta, age 18 years. … Continue reading Kotta and Kottas from Macedonia