Posted by Liv | Filed under Surname Saturday
It’s Surname Saturday at GeneaBloggers.com and this series is intended to give genealogy bloggers a chance to discuss a family surname by giving details about its origin, its geographical location(s), and how it fits into their family research.
According to Ancestry.com, the meaning of Chapel is,
English: variant spelling of Chappell. French: from a diminutive of Old French chape ‘hooded cloak’, ‘cape’, ‘hood’, or ‘hat’ (from Late Latin cappa, capa), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of cloaks or hats, or a nickname for a habitual wearer of a distinctive cloak or hat.”
Even though the surname may suggest that Chapels may have been makers of cloaks or hats, I believe ‘my’ ancestors were more of what the nickname suggest — habitual wearers of cloaks or hats — because majority of the Chapel immigrants who were living in the United States during the 1880′s, and my ancestors in particular, were farmers.
Tags: Altha Mae Scott, ancestry.com, Chapel, Chappel, chapple, Dorthey Chappell, Ella Louise Chapple, Estella Smith, Estella Thomas Chapple, Ethel Abram Thompson, joseph chapple, Joseph Lee Chapple, Josephine Chapple, Richard Mary Chapple
Posted by Liv | Filed under Libraries
It’s June 1, 2012 and I can already tell it’s going to be a long hot summer here in H-town. But to beat this heat, I plan to attend some of the great programs that the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research has in store for genealogy patrons this month!
If you have a Houston Public Library card (the orange power card), you can register for any of the Clayton Library programs you see below by going to:
1) Library’s online catalog at http://catalog.houstonlibrary.org/search~s1/
2) Search for the word “genealogy”
3) On the first program that is offered, just look to the right for the “Calendar of Events” icon and click on it.
Cemetery Day – Billion Graves and other fun stuff
Saturday, June 2, 2012 10:30-11:30AM or 1:30-2:30PM
Learn how to use the free, online website, Billion Graves. Billion Graves has been described as the, “fastest, easiest and most efficient way to gather headstone data in the world”. Also discussed will be how you can become a volunteer and add even more data. Reservations required. Please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Posted by Liv | Filed under Wordless Wednesdays
Well, almost wordless . . .
This is a photo of my maternal grandmother, Estella (Smith) Chapple, and a couple of her lady friends (or relatives) that I have not been able to identify. But what makes this photo such a special one in my collection is that it’s a real photo postcard, a service introduced by Kodak in 1907. Read the rest of this entry…