One Lovely Blog Award – A wonderful surprise!

BlogAwardWhat a wonderful surprise this morning to find out that Amy at Brotmanblog: A Family Journey has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thanks, Amy, for being a reader of my blog and for the nomination! Many of the blogs I enjoy take me on a journey, sometimes to the past, and sometimes into the unknown. Here are the basic guidelines Amy gave me for accepting this award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!).
4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award.

A constant focus of this blog, Genealogy Sisters, that I do with my sister, is sharing family history and photographs. My brothers also help behind the scenes sharing stories.


One Candle

1. The most important thing about me is my love of family. Growing up we had fun times and crazy times and hard times. Sometimes family isn’t genetic, but instead the ones that hold you dear to their hearts. I love all kinds of family, but especially my own. My greatest joy is that now I’m a granny!

2. I really enjoy traveling. The photo below was taken when I was eighteen and on a biking trip in Canada with my girlfriend, Linnie. When she saw this picture recently she thought I most have all the photos from that trip, and I thought she must have had them. We laughed when we realized this was the only photo either of us had. Something I’m still trying to learn is to pack, and then leave half of it home.

Taking the ferry to Prince Edward Island.

Taking the ferry to Prince Edward Island.

3. Reading is another thing I really enjoy. One of my all-time favorite books was Anne of Green Gables. Can you read the title of the book I’m reading below? It was another classic from when I was eight years old. I still enjoy getting books for my birthday!


4. I love pets. At different times I have shared my life with dogs, cats, hamsters, parrots, and even an owl. Right now we have grand-cats, and a beautiful Chessie that enjoys our lake as much as we do. This photo shows my first fur-family love.

A Gal with her Pal.

A gal with her Pal.

5. Another thing about myself is that I enjoy the water. I like canoeing, kayaking, and sitting on the dock with my toes in the water. From the time I was little I loved looking for shells.


Doran clan at the New Jersey Shore

6. I love my faith, and I also enjoy learning about other beliefs and viewpoints.


7. I procrastinate and I dillydally. I will try and contact each one of the blogs that I enjoy below, but it won’t be today, and maybe not even tomorrow.

When it comes to nominating blogs that I admire, I’m omitting a few that I adore. I know some great blogs that won’t accept awards. Take a look at any of these blogs by clicking on the titles. In no particular order:

1. My People in History

2. Mlissabeth’s Musings

3. Restlessjo

4. Scuffalong: Genealogy

5. Wolverhampton’s War

6. thegenealogygirl

7. Black Raven Genealogy

8. Brumley Branches

9. Magical Mystical Teacher

10. I used to be indecisive

11. Pacificparatrooper

12, Shaking the Tree

13. Musings From A Bookmammal

14. Genealogy Adventures

15. Currach

“To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” ~ Chinese Folk Wisdom.

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Wordless Wednesday – Burnbrae Pond – 1934

Burnbrae Pond, Sparta, New Jersey - 1934

Burnbrae Pond, Sparta, New Jersey – 1934. Photograph copyright Genealogy Sisters, 2014.

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Marriage of Margaret Doran and Walter Sikora

MargieWalterWeddingThis photograph is from the wedding of Margaret Mary Doran to Walter Sikora. Margie grew up in Harrison, Hudson County, New Jersey. She was born in 1921 and her parents were Bernard and Mary Doran. Walter’s parents were Bronislaw “Beny” and Julia Sikora, and he was born in Newark in 1922. I love the style of her dress and the pretty hat.

Margie’s family were Irish and Walter’s family were Polish. Both Margie and Walter were children of the Depression, going to work early. Here is a picture of Margie from the early 1940s by the family apartment on Hamilton Street in Harrison.

MargaretDoranWhen this picture was taken she was working as a folder in a nearby factory. Here’s a page from the 1940 Directory for Harrison, showing her address and occupation. You can click on it to enlarge it. The names that are highlighted are her parents and siblings. In the 1944 directory she was still working as a folder at the Clark Thread Company.

Harrison, Kearny, East Newark, Arlington, North Arlington Directory for 1940. Copied at the Kearny Public Library.

Harrison, Kearny, East Newark, Arlington, North Arlington Directory for 1940. Copied at the Kearny Public Library.

After their marriage Margie and Walter lived in Newark. NJ. The photo below is from 1953, and shows Margie holding one of her nieces. Margie was my godmother and one of my favorite aunties.

MargieWalterSikora1953Two places that I remember Walter working at were both in Newark. One was Branch Motors and the other was the Weequahic Park Racetrack. The racetrack was for harness racing, and I remember seeing the two-wheeled cart, called a sulkey, and the drivers exercising on the track. I’m not sure what his job was there, but I remember him teaching me how to feed the horses apples without getting bit. Walter’s nickname was Fiddles.

Walter and Margaret Doran Sikora are buried together at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Cemetery, in North Arlington, NJ. The Archdiocese of Newark has a link to find a burial site at their cemeteries, that I find very helpful for research. Here’s the link: and simply pick one of the cemeteries and enter a surname. Good luck researching!

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