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.
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.