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Genealogy Blog Party --Stories of Love: Ethel Was Sweet On Harold

If you are not familiar with the Genealogy Blog Party hosted by Elizabeth O'Neal on her blog My Descendant's Ancestors, be sure to check it here.

This month's theme: TELL A STORY OF LOVE

I believe this picture fits the bill.

Here's a picture of my paternal grandfather Harold Murrell Sr. looking particularly dapper. It's from a collection of photos I recently inherited from my father. 

I think the the story of love you will find on the back.

Gee,  It's grand to be loved by a person like Harold. He's my weakness and I  am not ashamed to confess  that I am madly in love with him.

My grandmother Ethel Smith Murrell was the author of these words. I believe this picture was taken when my grandparents were courting.  Now, how sweet is that! 
You can read more about my paternal grandparents Harold and Ethel Murrell here.

The Book of Me 2018 Editon: What Do You Dislike?

For more information about The Book Of Me, Written By You project created by Julie Goucher of the Anglers Rest blog, please clickhere.

I dislike it when folks give up on themselves. When they give up on trying to learn new things. I think it is our duty to keep pushing ourselves for as long as we can in life. It's never to late to learn something new. The brain is a muscle too. If you don't exercise it, it will go soft.

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures.

All I can say is that I've been going through some pictures. So many pictures. I've inherited pictures from dad and his parents and I have to say it's been beautiful going down memory lane. Some of the images I'd never seen before, so of course that's spawned questions. For the most part, though it has made me happy to travel back in time to my grandparents house. The pictures are bit mixed up so I'm just going to scan some and then post them here. 

This first batch of pictures is of my brother's first Christmas.

Dad and my brother David
David and Mom

Happy Grandma and David

Three generations of Murrell men.

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2018 Edition: #6 Favorite Name --Frederica Augusta

If you are not familiar with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt Series hosted by fellow blogger Amy Johnson Crow, please take a moment and check out the link here:

Week 6 Prompt: 
Favorite name could be a name of an ancestor that makes you smile. Perhaps it's an unusual name. 

According to Wikipedia, the name Frederica is the feminine form of the name Frederick with it's meaning being "peaceful ruler." 

After looking at the website Babyname wizard, I learned that the name Augusta comes from Latin and is the feminine form of the name Augustus. It's meaning is great or venerable.
That's a pretty good combination if I ever heard one. 
My paternal great grandmother's name was Frederica Augusta Inniss Murrell
I decided to go a step further to check into the meaning of the surnames Inniss and Murrell.
The meanings for these surnames I found on the website House of Names.
Inniss:  Inniss is an ancient Anglo-S…

Dad's 1st Grade Class

Will you take a look at this bright eyed young man. 

My Dad.
Can you say adorable! 
PS 124 Class 1-7 Bronx, NY

I've started scanning a ton of pictures that were my dad's. It's strange saying "were." It's part of the new normal I guess.Well anyway, here's one of Harold E. Murrell's first grade class. He went to PS 124 in the Bronx. Here it is on Google Maps.
Image courtesy of Google Maps.
At the time, my dad was living at 970 Tinton Ave in the Bronx. You can see from the map that the school was just a couple of blocks away from his home.

I Love NY Cup 2018

I am so incredibly proud of these girls. They work so hard every week. Congratulations going out to STGA Level 3 Gymnasts on your 1st place finish at the 2018 I Love NY Cup!

As for this young lady, she had a real solid performance. She even placed 3rd place in the floor exercise.

She scored a 9.0 here
Her bars score was an 8.550.

She received an 8.7 on beam and an 8.550 on vault. Her all around score was a 34.800. Way to go, ladybug :)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 Edition: Week# 5 --Harold Berel? Really! No Really?!!

If you are not familiar with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt Series hosted by fellow blogger Amy Johnson Crow, please take a moment and check out the link here:

The Week 5 Prompt

The Week 5 prompt is "In the Census." What intriguing find have you made in a census? What has a series of census records shown you? Do you have an ancestor who constantly ages only 7 years between censuses? (Those are fun!)

Since my father's recent passing, I've fallen behind a bit on these prompts so I'm going to do the best I can to get caught up as quickly as possible. The following post originally appeared on this blog on May 16, 2014. It seemed appropriate to re-share since it fit this prompt so well. 

This post originally appeared on this blog on May 16, 2014

Okay, I have been all over the place lately with my research, finding a new nugget here and then finding a new nugget there. I am seriously in the throws of a Gene…


"I finally got my boy back." I bet that's what grandpa said to my dad on January 31, 2018. It must have been one heck of a reunion.

Harold Murrell Sr. and Jr.
I didn't have the words until now to write about the events of the last month. I'm still processing and taking it day by day. 
Rest in peace, Dad.