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Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday's Photo: The Driscoll Sisters

On the left - Helen Driscoll Staubach with her daughter Doris and future-son-in-law, William Quinn.
On the right - Bertha "Birdie" or "Aunt Sis" Driscoll Caccavo with daughter, Kathleen and son-in-law, Connie Sullivan.

This picture belonged to my mother-in-law, Doris. On the back was written

Mother Bill I
Aunt Sis Connie Kay
September 1951

Helen and Bertha Driscoll, were born in Cohoes, NY.  They were two of 14 brothers and sisters.  Their father, John, was born in Ireland. He was the son of Simon and Mary Driscoll. Born in New York, their mother, Mary McTighe, was the daughter of Thomas McTighe and Mary Golden. 

By 1900, only eight of the 14 children were living. Most family members spent some time working in textile mills. Two of the boys, James and Patrick, were in the United States Army in the very early 1900s, but cannot be found after that time. Helen and Bertha moved to New York City in the 1920s. Helen married Charles Staubach and Bertha married Michael Caccovo.

Please contact me if you have more information about this Driscoll family from Cohoes.

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Marriage records found at the Vital Records Data Bases - Italian Genealogical Group. Retrieved July 1, 2013, from

Year: 1900; Census Place: Cohoes, Albany, New York; Roll: 1006; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0075; FHL microfilm: 1241006..

Year: 1910; Census Place: Cohoes Ward 1, Albany, New York; Roll: T624_922; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0109; FHL microfilm: 1374935.metery in the Bronx.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Create an Organized Desktop

If you decide to create a border of your favorite photos, make sure that you go to View and turn on the Gridlines to line up the photos. Click here to get this ready to personalize PowerPoint and follow the instructions below to create your desktop. 

I posted the following on The Budget SLP, a blog for speech-language pathologists, but knew that those researching family might also benefit from this as well. 

Last spring, my computer desktops (both home and work) were covered with icons. I had tried organizing by putting selected items in certain areas, but that never lasted very long. A Pretty Organized Desktop at iheart organizing inspired me to research other organized desktops. 

After finding great ideas and suggestions at JenniferKeegin Dot Com and The Ney Life, I created the following desktop wallpapers; the first for my work computer and the second for my home computer.

Some organized desktop wallpapers that I found were made with Microsoft Paint and others with expensive photo software. However, knowing that I just needed a photo to personalize my display, I chose to work with something that I knew - Microsoft PowerPoint. Here are some of the wallpapers that I created using Microsoft's backgrounds on a PowerPoint slide. You can download these ready to use wallpapers and wallpapers that can be personalized by clicking here OR scroll down to see how to make your own.

Choose a color for your background
and add shapes with no fill. 

This was easily made by using shapes and text boxes. 

These apple themed backgrounds were free, along
with many other backgrounds, at - just add category labels.

Use favorite photos.

To create your own organized desktop using Microsoft PowerPoint
  • add a background to a PowerPoint slide - make sure that you are using the landscape orientation
  • Note that if this is going on a large screen (not a laptop), in PowerPoint, go to the Design tab and go to Page Setup. Under Slides sized for choose Ledger Paper.
  • choose category labels 
  • select the font, font size, and font color
  • save the PowerPoint as a JPEG File Interchange Format

On your computer*
  •  go to Control Panel
  • under Appearance and Personalization choose Change Desktop Background 
  • find your saved background picture
  • select Stretch under Picture Position
  • save your changes and start organizing your desktop!

 * These instructions were written for those using a computer with Windows 7. On computers running other versions of Windows or on Apple computers, follow the instructions for personalizing your computer's wallpaper. 

If you are using two monitors or a have added a second monitor to your laptop, the new desktop screen will show exactly the same on both monitors (Unless you have Windows 8).

I didn't want to see a second set of labels so covered the second set with the Sticky Notes found on Microsoft Windows 7.  I love having my "To Do list," blog ideas, and other important things to remember on my desktop!

This system has kept my desktops organized for almost four months. However, I do have one important warning. Items on your desktop can be easily lost if your computer crashes. As with all files, make sure that you back-up frequently!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday's Photo: Mary Lucy Glynn Giddens

Mary Lucy Glynn, my great-grandmother, was the mother of my Grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis. Lucy was born in Vermont in 1865. Her parents were Joseph Albert Glynn and Julia Harvey. By 1870, her family was living on Staten Island and in 1880, Lucy was working as a servant for family in Totenville on Staten Island. Lucy met Charles Giddens when he delivered milk to a home where she was working. They married on March 31, 1891 in Manhattan. Lucy and Charles lived in Crewe, Virginia for a few years and eventually settled in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Lucy died at age 61 in Phillipsburg. 

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday's Photo: Bertha Davis

Bertha M. Davis 1879-1965

Bertha M. Davis was my great-grandmother. She was the mother of my grandfather, Claude Davis. 

Bertha, born on May 29, 1879, was the daughter of Olive Caroline Davis. Her father is unknown. Her mother's parents were Seth H. Davis and Margaret "Peggy" Jones of Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is assumed that Bertha was born in Edmonson County.  

According to the 1880 census of Edmonson County, Bertha had a brother, Virgia (possibly Virgil).  The family was living with a Sanders family where Olive worked as a housekeeper. Bertha's sister, Dora, who married a Tom Page, was born in 1882. 

Bertha married George Cooksey on January 22, 1902 in Barren County, Kentucky and in 1910 she was listed as a boarder living in the home of William and Rebecca Hawkins of Jefferson County, Kentucky. Her marital status was widow and she was working as a wrapper in a tobacco factory.  

On July 25, 1910, in Jefferson County,  Bertha married Frank Hawkins, brother to William Hawkins. Frank was a widower and had a three year old child, Carrie, at the time of their marriage.  Bertha and Frank resided in Elizabethtown in Hardin County, Kentucky for at least 45 years. 

Bertha was married to Frank until her death on December 28, 1965.   Frank died in 1977.  They are buried in the Elizabethtown City Cemetery

There are a lot of unknown facts about my Davis family. Bertha was 14 years old and unmarried when my grandfather was born in 1893. Both my grandfather's mother's father and his father are unknown. 

Look for more posts about this family. If you haven't "liked" my newest Facebook page, please do so as notices about Davis family posts will come from my Moments in Time Facebook page.

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Bertha Davis, death certificate no. 6529897 (1965), Registrar of Vital Statistics, Commonwealth of Kentucky – Frankfurt, Kentucky.

Bertha Davis and George Cooksey, marriage certificate, Book 34, Page 1980, Office of the Clerk of Barren County, Kentucky. 

Bertha M. Hawkins (1897 - 1965) - Find A Grave Memorial." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Aug. 2013. <>

Kentucky, Marriages, 1785-1979, Index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Frank Hawkins and Bertha Cooksly, 25 Jul 1910.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Edmonson, Kentucky; Roll: 412; Family History Film: 1254412; Page: 569C; Enumeration District: 042

Year: 1910; Census Place: Louisville Ward 9, Jefferson, Kentucky; Roll: T624_486; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0153; FHL microfilm: 1374499.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

This Week in My Family Tree: August 11-17, 2013

I have a calendar made with my Family Tree Maker software and it shows all birthdays, deaths, and marriages in my family tree.  I am sharing this week's vital statistics. You will find more about that person by clicking on the links. If you like this post and want to see more like it, let me know. 

Happy 60th Bill!
On August 14, 1953, my husband was born. He will be 60. Happy Birthday Bill!
Harriet Albritton Bryan

Harriet Louisa Albritton Bryan, my great-grandmother, was born 177 years ago on August 15th. 

Catharine Amanda Bryan Watts, sister of Terrell Bryan - my great-grandfather, was born on August 17, 1834. 

DeRay Bryan
My great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Regan, died 170 years ago, in North Carolina (Robeson County), on August 11th. 

John William Giddens, my great-great-grandfathers older brother, died on August 15, 1896 in Sampson County, North Carolina.

My father's sister, Monte DeRay Bryan (Aunt DeeDee) died on August 16, 1987. 

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday's Photo: A Very Special Birthday

Just want to wish my wonderful husband a happy birthday! Hard to believe that you will be 60!!!

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday's Photo: Sisters

Betty and Janet - 1930s

My mother and her sister will be together this weekend. This photo was taken in the 1930s in New York. 

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