Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Magic of DNA Testing and Never Giving Up

A long time family mystery of Francisco Baccelli was finally solved on December 16, 2014 with an old time photo and a DNA test. This was truly a Christmas miracle.  

I have been researching my Baccelli line for a very long time. I pretty much exhausted all records in the U.S.A and did a lot of research on Italians in Sacramento. I was pretty sure that not only did Francisco come from northern Italy, but from Lucca, Italy. It was just weird that there was another Baccelli that appeared in Sacramento right before my great grandfather died. They were the only two Baccelli’s in the Sacramento area.

All the records I obtained on Francisco’s associates all came from Lucca, Italy, but I just couldn’t find the link for Francisco. I searched many church records in some towns in the Lucca area, but wasn’t able to find Francisco. I tried all kinds of research strategies and even got very creative with my research. I ended up finding all 13 children that Francisco and Inez had.

I came across some old photos of Francisco’s children. One, in particular had a very distinct look which stood out. I then came across an online photo of another Baccelli tree that just happened to have a photograph that looked identical to Francisco’s son. After making contact with the Baccelli tree owner he agreed to DNA testing. After several months of waiting the results finally came in and he was a match. Knowing that his Baccelli ancestors were from Lucca, Italy a search was conducted in the same township where his ancestors were from and Francisco’s baptismal record was found and down came the wall and the line was moved back to the late 1600s.

This wouldn’t have been possible without that old time photo and DNA testing. I want to thank my new found cousin, John for taking the DNA test and for having that particular photo online. I also want to thank my other cousin, Danny for checking the microfilm for the township in Lucca and pulling the baptismal record and for helping get Francisco’s line moved further back. I also want to thank my second cousin, Elwood Greer for giving me those old photos and especially my brother, Brent for doing a DNA test.

Never give up on an ancestral line you want to solve. You might have a strong brick wall, but with patience and creative research you can knock that wall down. It took me and many of my older family members many years of research and now the wall has finally fallen.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Did you know that....

One of the earliest guns was called a blunderbuss which came from the Dutch word “donderbus” which means “thunder (donder) pipe (bus)”.  This was because this old fashion gun had a bell shaped muzzle. Several bullets were loaded into the gun through the muzzle at the same time. When the trigger was pulled the bullets scattered widely. The blunderbuss was best used for short range and was very effective because bullets were sure to hit the target.

The blunderbuss was used by early American Colonists, especially the Puritans.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fourth of July Celebration

Today is a day to honor and give thanks to those who fought and died during the American Revolutionary War and during the War of 1812.

We gained our independence from the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and then we secured our independence through the War of 1812 (1812-1815).  Both these wars played a vital role to our independence.

The American Revolutionary War began as a civil war and then escalated into a world war.  It was at the end of 1775 that our Patriot militia had full control in all thirteen colonies and it was on July 4, 1776 that America declared her independence.  

The War of 1812 was essential and crucial for America and it was through this war that America confirmed and secured her independence.

      Our national anthem was adopted by congress in 1931 from the poem created by Francis Scott  
      Key on September 14, 1814 as he witnessed the attack of Fort McHenry.
      I'd like to thank our heroes for everything they did and all of their sacrifices. I'm proud to be an 
     American and happy to know that some of my ancestors served our country in these testing times.
     Link to hear our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner:
     Link to The Star-Spangled Banner lyrics and sheet music:

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!

I want to say “Thank You” to all the veterans who have served, and to all those who are currently serving our great country.
I have many ancestors who served our county. I want to give a special thank you to them and especially to my grandfather, Walter Console and my second cousin, Elwood Greer.


Corporal Walter Console
United States Army Airforce
Served during World War II
Airplane & Engineer Mechanic and a sharpshooter
Medals: European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Sergeant Elwood Greer
United States Army
Served during the Korean War
Medals: Many


Sunday, February 2, 2014

My Presidents' Day Honoree is............

Martin Van Buren who was baptized on 5 December 1782 in Kinderhook, New York and the son of Abraham and Maria (Goes aka Hoes) Van Buren. Martin had four siblings and was the middle child. Martin married Hannah Hoes, a kinswoman of his mother on 21 February 1807 in Catskill, New York. He was the father of four children, Abraham, John, Marin Jr. and Smith Thompson.  

At the age of seventeen he was delegate to the Congressional Convention in his district. In 1802 he entered law school and in 1803 was admitted to the bar and entered into a partnership with James J. Van Allen of Kinderhook.  

In 1807 he was admitted as a Counselor of the Supreme Court.

In 1808 he was appointed by Governor Tompkins as Surrogate for Columbia County, New York.
In 1812 to 1821 he was elected a State Senator for New York.

In 1815 to 1819 he served as Attorney General for New York.

In1829 he was Governor of New York for a short period of two months when he assumed the position of Secretary of State.

In 183 he was appointed Minister to England.

In 1832 he was elected Vice President to Jackson.

In 1836 he was elected President of the United States serving a one term Presidency.

Martin died on 24 July 1862 in Kinderhook, New York. In his will he wrote, “in the last and happiest years of my life a Farmer in my native town”. Back to his roots and a tradition most Van Buren’s practiced.

Not only was Martin Van Buren the Eighth President of the United States, but he is also my second cousin six times removed. We both share a common ancestor, Cornelis Maessen Van Buren who came from Holland to America (New Netherland) in 1631.
Thank you President and all Presidents.....