Wednesday, July 22, 2009

President Obama's Genealogy

Genealogy makes it to the Oval office...
How could a Francophile like myself not be intrigued myself to learn that President Obama has French ancestry?
See the enclosed news link to find a learn a few interesting facts.

One of these is President Obama descends from a French Huguenot named Mareen Duvall. Huguenots are Protestants who in the the 17th century massively fled France after the revocation in 1685 of what was called the "Edict of Nantes". This document dated 30 April 1598, had formerly guarenteed Freedom of worship to the Protestants up to when it was unjustly anulled in 1685. Below is a a link about President Obama's ancestor from France.

This made me go read through the President's Family tree again .

I had previously used the above website during a research project. I highly reccomend it for anyone who is interested in Presidential genealogies.

Of course, none of this touches our Carroll lines in anyway. But I find it very interesting.

Happy summer research to all !

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thanks to the Philadelphia Church project

This goes to show, when you appreciate someone, say it to him/her and don't forget to say "Thank you".
I did just that when I e mailed the Philadelphia church project a few days back. And what did I get? My e mail published on their blog page with a write up to my blog.

Once again, to anyone interested in the churches where your family worshiped in Philadelphia & it's suroundings, this is the spot to be.

My e mail and my blog are mentioned HERE on the Philadelphia church project blog.
And don't forget to check out the main website for The Philadelphia church project

Thanks again to the Philadelphia church project ! I'll be following your blog.

And happy hunting to all .

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Saint Boniface RC Church in Philadelphia,PA

It was through an e mail with Ted, (a relation of my cousin Gerry) who is a fellow genealogist, that I got started on the subject of pre Depression era schooling ( which may be for a future post). Ted asked a question which I'm putting here in case someone out there knows :

" Did Kindergarten exist in the Pre-Depression era public schools ?"

( A First cousin of mine was have said to have attended Saint Boniface school from Kindergarten to 2nd grade).And Ted was questioning if it was possible to have Kindergarten classes back then.

And this Genealogy sleuth who is Ted is now sniffing this out... * See end of post for a recent development.

I do not know very much about the issue. But, it got me thinking about and researching again about the school's mother church, Saint Boniface . So many members of my family have worshiped and celebrated their lives here.

For those of you who are not acquainted with this church,in the Northeast suburbs on Philadelphia. Alas, since 2006, the church and it's school are officially closed.I had been tipped off to this about a year ago by a local resident, but I had not researched this further at the time.

Here's a map of the area :

Go see the google street view of the church, use this :On type in 174 Diamond street, Philadelphia PA. You will have to use the "up & down" buttons to see the church in the images. It's across the square; you can't miss it.

I also found a very informative website that is all about Philadelphia's Catholic churches,their history and architecture. Here's a page on their website for Saint Boniface :

I like the idea behind this website, which is in the process of cataloging all of Philadelphia's religious archtecture ( Catholic churches) and to highlight the uniqueness of each of these churches. Which is a joy for a lot of different people; clergy and parishioners,architectural buffs,nostalgics, and yes, the Genealogist.

The Philadelphia church project site also has a blog. And I had the pleasant suprise to find a very recent post written about Saint Boniface. Please take a peek and click on the link:

For our Genealogy work, the spiritual records are kept at Visitation BVM Church, according to the page for Saint Boniface on the Philadelphia Archdiocese's website :

I really don't know how that works for record search here; I have always gone through city hall records for my Genealogy records.

Personally,I'm feeling fortunate to have been able to visit Saint Boniface in 1992.Sadly, I can no longer renew this experience.

Though,I'm hoping to dig out our old slides and get those pictures developed on paper one of these days.And I hope, here on this blog.It was truly gorgeous inside.

I'm sorry to say that it's all a part of the past now.

This post is in memory of you Saint Boniface, our Carroll family's church.

* P.S. A recent e mail by cousin Gerry may have solved our question about Kindergarten in the pre-depression era. Gerry writes :

There was no mention of kindergarten by my father, so I am assuming Ed did not go either. I don't think Catholic schools and probably not public schools had kindergarten then. We (JP & I ) -my note : Gerry's brother & her- never went to was not offered at the Catholic schools and even some of my friends who went to public school did not go to kindergarten. I think it may have been offered at the public schools, but it was an optional thing back then. It was mostly play time for 1/2 a day.

Thanks so much Gerry !