Hoping the New Year Brings New Discoveries

Happy New Year to everyone. May 2012 bring us all some new and exciting genealogical discoveries. I’m still deciding whether to “ancestry.com” or not; I’m curious as to how helpful it might be, yet it troubles me to have to pay for information that I may be able to find for free elsewhere. Thus far, almost all the information I have found, I have found for free by “googling” names and details or using free sites like Family Search. So “to ancestry.com” or not “to ancestry.com,” that is the question (admittedly not a very important one, at the end of the day)! Perhaps I will try the free trial. Anyone able to recommend it or not?

Well, with what to begin the new year? I must admit the past two weeks have made me a bit lazy–too much cranberry-walnut pie and roast turkey, I guess. But, I did start looking at some more very old family albums, and I came across one that had some more photos of Emma (Trewin) Ludey and her daughter Minnie (Ludey) Crane that were taken in the early 1920s. I hope to scan them in shortly and post them here. I also found the enclosed small photo of Edith May Trewin with her husband Nelson Kilb and their daughter Connie taken in July 1952. It was dated but had no names; fortunately my mother was able to “ID” them.

Nelson & Edith May (Trewin) Kilb with daughter Connie

Now, you may be wondering which Trewin this Edith May is. Well, she was born in 1910 to Albert Phillips Trewin and his first wife Georgie Francis Duke who passed away from influenza in 1917 (just six months prior to the start of the 1918 flu pandemic that ultimately claimed the lives of 3 percent of the world’s population). Albert was the son of William Trewin and his first wife Edith Fry. I’d mentioned Edith May Trewin along with her brothers Elmer Archer Trewin and Albert Gray Trewin at the very end of a previous post.  I first heard the name Nelson Kilb from Find a Grave volunteer photographers Mary and Charlie Burrow. Back in August, they had taken photos for me of Albert’s grave and the graves of his first wife Georgie and second wife Jessie Mallette. (I’d previously discovered the entries for them on the Find a Grave site but they had no grave photos.) The Burrows alerted me to the presence of Nelson Kilb’s grave after noticing it said that he was “husband of Edith Trewin.”  Edith is presumably buried in the same cemetery, the Allegheny Cemetery of Pittsburgh, Allgheney County, but because she remarried someone by the last name of Brown, she must be located elsewhere. The Burrows did not see any sign of her in the vicinity of Nelson’s grave.

It is always fascinating to me how many details start to come together, usually quite slowly, to create what suddenly becomes a snapshot of a moment in one’s family history. Ideally one would like to know more than just names and faces. But that information can only come from the senior members of our families who still have memories of members past; or from notes, diaries, letters, etc. left behind by the dearly departed; or, if one’s extremely lucky, from published books, biographies, etc. I think Colin Newton’s approach of interviewing senior family members on video is a great idea. Audio recordings are also a good idea for the camera shy. I think I am going to try undertaking something like that myself in the year ahead.  It’s the little details about what people were like that makes learning about our ancestors extra interesting and even more special.

Categories: Kilb, Pittsburgh, Trewin | Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress.com.

Hello Hygge

Finding hygge everywhere

Well, That Was Different

Travel Stories, Expatriate Life, Undiplomatic Commentary and Some Pretty Good Photos

Sketching Family

Urban Sketching


Terry's view on things

Giselle Potter



Politics, things that make you think, and recreational breaks

The Sketchbook


Smart Veg Recipes

Welcome to home made, vegeterian, healthy & kids friendly recipes

Jane Austen's World

This Jane Austen blog brings Jane Austen, her novels, and the Regency Period alive through food, dress, social customs, and other 19th C. historical details related to this topic.

Travels with Janet

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Do Svidanya Dad

Exploring Dad's Unusual Story From NJ to the USSR

La Audacia de Aquiles

"El Mundo Visible es Sólo un Pretexto" / "The Visible World is Just a Pretext".-


In The Beginning Man Tried Ascending To Heaven via The Tower Of Babel. Now He Tries To Elevate His Existence Using Hallucinogenic Drugs. And, Since The 20th Century, He Continually Voyages Into Outer Space Using Spacecrafts. Prayer Thru Christ Is The Only Way To Reach Heaven.

London, Hollywood

I'm Dominic Wells, an ex-Time Out Editor. I used to write about films. Now I write them.

Uma Familia Portuguesa

A história da nossa família

Trkingmomoe's Blog

Low Budget Meals for the New Normal

The Good, the Bad and the Italian

food/films/families and more

dvn ms kmz time travel

This is all about my travels to the past... my reflections and musings about yesteryear, as I find the stories of a people passed away and learn how to tell them.


350 years of Newark in verse 1666-2016

Russian Universe

Understanding Russia with a Russian

Bulldog Travels

Everything and Nothing Plus Some Pretty Photos

Dances with Wools

knitting, spinning, dyeing, and related fiber arts

Life After Caregiving

On caregivers, faith, family, and writing...

Why'd You Eat That?

Food Folklore for the everyday scholar. These are the stories behind the foods we eat.

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

The Pioneer Woman

Plowing through Life in the Country...One Calf Nut at a Time

Almost Home

Genealogy Research and Consulting

Old Bones Genealogy of New England

Genealogy and Family History Research


Reflections Concerning Art, Nature, and the Affairs of Humankind (also some gardening anecdotes)

Map of Time | A Trip Into the Past

Navigating Through Someplace Called History

Out Here Studying Stones

Cemeteries & Genealogy


family research ... discover your ancestry

the Victorian era

Did I misplace my pince-nez again? Light reading on the 19th century.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

This is the story of an ordinary family, trying to live an ordinary life during an extraordinary time frame, and the lessons they learn through experience.

Moore Genealogy

Fun With Genealogy

Meeting my family


Shaking the tree

musings on the journey towards knowing and sharing my family's stories

A Hundred Years Ago

Food and More

Scots Roots

Helping you dig up your Scots roots.

Root To Tip

Not just a list of names and dates

%d bloggers like this: