Author Archives: Ellen Morris

Maleskos Mystery

Most of my life, people have known me as Ellen Morris. However, just like my childhood idol, Wonder Woman, I had another identity. My grandfather’s original name was Efstratios Maleskos. Like so many others, he came to this country as a teenager without knowing anyone just to make a better life for himself. Continue reading …

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American Family

So it’s a story heard before. Loss of a father to a young family. Mother takes care of kids by herself. So we never knew much of my father other than he married late in life and to a young woman 30 years his senior. Continue reading …

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The History of Family Migration from 1860s-1960s

I have concentrated my research on the maternal side of my family. It is a fact, that in raising children, women are in the best position to also nurture their children’s feelings of belonging and identity through oral family history… Continue reading …

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Families of New Amsterdam

Among my earliest ancestors to come to North America is the Vigne family of New Amsterdam. Guillaume Vigne and his wife, Ariaentje, owned land near what is now Wall St. and Pearl St. in NYC. Continue reading …

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Missing Granduncle

My Granduncle Alonzo Vanderhorst was born between 1877 and 1884. He was born and reared in Charleston S.C. Alonzo migrated to Boston Massachusetts around 1908 – 1910. Continue reading …

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My new hobby!

We all know we are a nation of immigrants. My mother & grandmother told me I was descended from Welsh & Irish hillbillies. I started working on my genealogy several months ago. I researched through many generations in what is now West Virginia. Continue reading …

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Perry Family of Goliad Texas

Paternal Matriarch – Lucy Sanders Perry 1822-1912(children by Arthur Perry – identified as a caucasian man who rode away on a horse in 1865 when black Union Troops occupied Goliad) Continue reading …

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Hometown turns out to be my ancestral homeland

My sister kept a box of my father’s documents in her attic after he died. A year into my family history research she passed them on to me. Late one night I reviewed the documents closely and found my grandmother’s mother’s maiden name, Cozine, and that lead me to the first of several outstanding leads in tracing my family lines. Continue reading …

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My Life

My life is a story of many avenues- some complete and others dead ends – for now. I have had the opportunity to search a multitude of family trees due to being adopted. Continue reading …

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Choosing Each Other

I’ve always been envious of people who know their grandparents. I’ve never met any of mine, the last of them having died only days after I was born. Continue reading …

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