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
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
One of our family tree mysteries; this photograph, found with my maternal grandmother’s (Lauretta Eldridge) belongings. No names on the back of the photograph, but someone wrote across the top; “The Pride of Islington”. Could be relatives from Lauretta’s Eldridge, Morrissey or Cavill heritage? I would love to discover who they are! Here is another… Continue reading The Pride of Islington
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
Elizabeth M. Morrissey (b. Oct 1862 in Harbour Grace Newfoundland) with son Francis William Eldridge (b. 11 Feb 1889 – d. 21 May 1976) and “Old Auntie Burgess”. Auntie Burgess is believed to be Ann Cavill (Sister to Sophia Cavill, who was Elizabeth’s mother). Photo taken about 1890. Elizabeth would be about 28.
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