Friday, September 19, 2014

Panorama of Nogales

The set below comes from the US Panorama Collection on Ancestry, showing Nogales on the Arizona and Mexico border in 1909.
Source: Ancestry. Nogales, 1909, Photo 1
Source: Ancestry. Nogales, 1909, Photo 2
Source: Ancestry. Nogales, 1909, Photo 3
My Campuzano, Diaz and Portillo ancestors (and their related families) often crossed the border at Nogales on their journeys to Tucson and Phoenix. With this month being Hispanic Heritage Month, I'll spend some time on the weekend looking for additional information on their lives in Sonora and Arizona.

Friday Photo - Scottish Parade

Well, the "No" result seems to have carried the day in Scotland's Independence referendum. My 5th-great-grandfather was John Og McIntosh, who left Scotland as part of Cornwallis' army during the American Revolution, and later stayed to become an American. I'll have more on John in a future post. For today's Friday Photo, I thought it would be fitting to post a picture from the Alexandria Scottish Parade in 2011.
Photo by L. Jones. 3 Dec 2011, Alexandria Scottish Parade.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

1945 Article on Harry O'Brien

In 1945 the Indianapolis Times published an article on my great-grandfather Harry O'Brien and his crystal mouthpiece business. Much of this was information I already had from other sources, but there were a few new nuggets of information in the piece. One in particular notes that Harry played at the Circle Theater when it first opened, which was August 1916. This provides another lead to chase.
Indianapolis Times, 24 October 1945

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Notice for Blanche Lamon O'Brien

While traveling last week, I received another set of articles from researcher Denise Anderson-Decina in Indianapolis. Below is a copy of the death notice for my great-grandmother Blanche Lamon O'Brien. The first is from the 12 February 1976 Indianapolis News.
Indianapolis News, 12 Feb 1976
The notice mentions that Blanche was a former matron of the Millersville Order of the Eastern Star. The chapter secretary is currently checking their records to see what they may have on this. According to Wikipedia, the Worthy Matron is the presiding officer of the OES Chapter.
Indianapolis Star, 12 Feb 1976
Thanks again to Denise for locating these articles.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today, 15 September 2014, and runs through 15 October 2014. A joint website from the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is available at, highlighting activities and collections "celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America." I have previously marked this commemorative period with posts in 2012 and 2013.

Here's a picture of my Granny's Campuzano siblings in Tucson, Arizona from the early to mid-1930s.
Photo source: Patty Marple. Campuzano siblings, Tucson.
I'll also take this occasion to link to my my post from 31 May 2014 on Immigrant Heritage Month. I'm proud of my Hispanic heritage, and will celebrate my Mexican, Chilean, Spanish and Basque ancestors in a number of posts during this month. Hopefully I'll have some new finds to report from Citizenship and Immigration Services too.