Sorting and Cleaning

One of my favorite weekend activities is sorting and clearing and anyone who knows me knows that I will never run out of places in my house to do just that. Today’s project is to continue what seems to be a never ending process of organizing one of the rooms in our house into a working craft room/genealogy library. The idea is to have a dedicated space where I can organize all my genealogical finds, research and notes as well as family photos, momentos and keepsakes.
Sometimes I wonder why I’m so obsessed with researching family history but I think these two photos provide a perfect answer to that question – linking generations and keeping our stories alive.
Papa meets Will.1992Our son was born on April 22nd and I’ll never forget his red face, electric blue eyes and blond hair. (Interestingly Rick remembers his father describing him as being very red when he was born.) For the rest of the day he kept his eyes shut until this picture was taken later that evening when Rick’s father held him for the first time. A connection – preserved.
The next picture was taken of Dad holding our daughter on the day she was baptized, which also happened to be one week after her first birthday. Papa and Sarah.9.9.1990Of course, we were at Dad’s house, the site of so many family gatherings and happy memories. Dad is beaming with pride and the picture captures the way I will always remember him – dignified and kind.
I thought it might be fun for my new found George cousins to see a few pictures of Frederick William George (Fred) – who was born in 1923 and was the first son of Frederick William George (and his first wife, Evelyn Clark) who was the first son of Adriano Giorgio and Custode Iacobucci (his second wife).

As I think I’ve mentioned before, somewhere along the way whether by choice or accident, Dad became Frederick William George, III – so Rick is the 4th and our son is the 5th. Since Adriano named his first son who was born in Italy in 1896, Nicola, after his father, I’m wondering if the first son born to Adriano and Custode (but Adriano’s second son) might have been named after Custode’s father? (Answer – a year later – he was not.) As I understand it, the Italian custom is to name the first son after the father’s father, second son after the mother’s father, first daughter after the father’s mother, second daughter after the mother’s mother. So perhaps there is a Federico Iacobucci (or his descendents) out there that might hold the key to learning more about Custode’s past. {Edit a year later – Custode’s father was named Agostino according to her brother’s death certificate. We still don’t know where the name Frederick William George came from.}

Okay – gotta get back to work – who knows what else I might find in some of those boxes!