Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: 09/30/09: Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, NY

Digital images taken by Lisa Alzo, September 26, 2009.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday: 09/17/09: Quilt

Last time I wrote about a pendant my godmother gave to me.  Well, this week's treasure chest item is a brand new treasure, which is also from my Godmother--a quilt she made for me dedicated to the memory of my mother.  The quilt arrived yesterday, with a note:

"Dear Lisa,

Each time I make something I think of someone I would like to have it. When I started this, I thought of your mom, and remembered it was her favorite color.  So, I signed it in her memory... Love, Aunt Helen"
It was perfect timing as September 12th was the ninth anniversary of my mom's passing.  

Do I have an extra special Godmother, or what?

The quilt is a true treasure.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: 09/16/09: National Slovak Society Museum

National Slovak Society Heritage Museum, McMurray, PA
Digital images taken by Lisa Alzo, September 12, 2009.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

"Find Your Slovak Roots Now!" Genealogy Workshop

This Saturday, September 12th, I will be giving a genealogy workshop entitled "Find Your Slovak Roots Now!" from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the National Slovak Society Heritage Museum, 351 Valley Brook Road, McMurray, PA. Beginner's session in the morning 9 a.m.-noon and advanced techniques 1-4 p.m. $25 per session, or $45 for both. For more information, e-mail: or call (412) 421-1204. Advanced reservations appreciated, but walk-ins welcome.

Hope to see you there!

Treasure Chest Thursday: 09/10/09: Pendant

This is a pendant that my godmother, Helen, gave to me a few years ago. The front has the cover from my book Three Slovak Women etched on it. The back has the inscription"Three Slovak Women" 2001 (the publication date of my book). This pendant attracts attention. I've had flight attendants, store clerks, airport TSA agents, fellow genealogists, and recently, even a complete stranger in line in front of me at a Dunkin' Donuts in Connecticut ask me about it. "Where did I get it?" What is the significance of the picture (the photos of my mother, my grandmother, and me)?" and comments as to how they've "never seen anything like it," "that's really nice," and so on...

Whenever I wear this pendant it is a tribute to my mother and grandmother--keeping these two very special women close to my heart--literally and figuratively.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Wordless Wednesday 09/09/09: John Alzo & Friends WW2 Service

John Alzo (center) with friends, Andy Hleba (left) and Mike Belich (right), 1944

Original photo & Digital image. Privately held by Lisa Alzo [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New York, 2009

Friday, September 04, 2009

Are You Seeing Double?

It's been brought to my attention by a colleague and fellow Blogger that someone else has now adopted my Blog name of "The Accidental Genealogist" over at WordPress.  This is apparently a new Blog only a couple weeks old (first post is dated August 24, 2009) and not to be confused with THIS Blog, which I have been writing since June 28, 2006.  

In order to avoid any confusion with future Blog posts, I want to make all of my readers and fellow genealogy Bloggers aware of this other Blog carrying the same title.  I am in no way associated with this other Blog, nor are any of the postings or comments associated with that Blog a reflection of my own thoughts or opinions.  

I'll continue to post material to my own Blog site.  My thanks to all of the faithful readers who have followed this Blog over the past three years.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday: 09/03/09: Dad's Scrapbook

I gently lifted the brown scrapbook from its storage space in the corner closet of the basement of my parents’ home. Tiny pieces of brown paper left a trail on the floor as I carried the book upstairs to the kitchen table. I carefully turned the tattered pages, and one by one the headlines captured my attention, as if trying to tell me a story.

“Alzo breaks scoring mark…Tallies 36 points in Steelworkers Loop”

“Alzo and Medich Pace Team in Brilliant Victory”

“Alzo Sets Pace”

“Johnny Alzo, former Duquesne High School standout and one of the most promising players in the district, has been one of the main factors in the fast pace of the Dukes.”

“One of the all-time Best”

While growing up, I often listened to my father talk about his days “on the court” playing basketball, first for his high school team—the Duquesne Dukes, and then various independent basketball leagues (United Steelworkers, Duquesne American Legion, and others) and semi-professional teams throughout Western Pennsylvania, until he hung up his sneakers at the age of 37. What I did not know was that my father received numerous awards and press coverage for his prowess on the court. He was named to an “All Tourney” squad in High School, and given such monikers as “crack forward” and “fancy marksman,” by sportswriters for the Pittsburgh Press and other local newspapers.

My father was not one to brag about his accomplishments. He simply loved to play the game of basketball. Instead, Dad collected all of his memories in that old scrapbook and tucked it safely away in his closet and forgot about it—that is, until his daughter, the inquisitive genealogist, stumbled upon it. Despite its tattered appearance, the scrapbook is a precious repository of newspaper clippings, photographs and scorecards of 20 years of play and a chronicle of Johnny Alzo’s life.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Wordless Wednesday 09/02/09: Salt Lake Photos August 27-29, 2009

The Family History Library
Digital image taken by Lisa Alzo, August 27, 2009.

Bohemian restaurant
Digital image taken by Lisa Alzo, August 29, 2009.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Talk at Ontario County Genealogical Society

I'm looking forward to speaking at the September meeting of the Ontario County Genealogical Society on September 2, 2009 (tomorrow). My talk is on "365 Ways to Discover Your Family History." The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at The Historical Museum--located at 55 North Main Street in Canandaigua, New York.

This is a repeat venue for me. I spoke to this group a couple of years ago and had a great time! So grateful they have asked me to come back!