• Personal Research

    Rev. Arthur Vespa, Mary Chiappelli Vespa retirement notice, 1973

    I’m currently waiting for a (very late) train up to Burbank for the Genealogy Jamboree this weekend, and to kill some time I thought I’d do some transcriptions. I really enjoy transcribing documents, and it’s good practice for learning different types of handwriting/fonts/etc. [Update: the train came 1.5 hours late, but I made it to Burbank!] Many of my relatives on the Briner/Vespa side were deeply involved in the (Christian) church, including my great-grandparents Arthur Vespa and Mary Chiappelli Vespa. They were ministers for the Assemblies of God for many years, and when they retired there was a notice in the local paper which talked about some of the things…

  • Book Reviews

    Cumberland, Maryland, 1891 by William D. Paisley

    A very interesting little real estate pamphlet, written towards convincing people to moving to Cumberland, Maryland. At the time Cumberland was an up-and-coming industrial town– not quite “booming,” but definitely on the edge. The pamphlet goes into detail about what kind of businesses, tourist attractions, historical monuments, and development opportunities exist in Cumberland and nearby areas. Notes The scanned digital copy has transposed the last two pages and put them at the front, right after the cover images. Digitized by the Internet Archive; original from the Library of Congress.