Monday, May 27, 2013

Military Monday ~ Memorial Day

These are my military ancestors

My Dad Jack Christopher ,Korea 1953

 My paternal grandfather Alphonso Christopher, World War 1 and 2 Pic taken abt 1945?

My Paternal Uncle Dick Christopher, Korea. He died in an automobile accident shortly after returning home from the war.

Curtis Stier brother of my maternal grandfather Carl Alexander Stier.

Curtis Stier in MP uniform.

Happy Memorial Day!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Stier Children

The Stiers. Children of Daisy Mae Stout and Carl Alexander Stier. Oldest girl in back-Onalee Stier, girl with doll- Phyliss Stier ( my mother), little girl- Patty Stier, Boy-Tommy Stier. About 1945 in Harrison County, West Virginia.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers In My FamilyTree ~ A Pictorial Tribute

This a pictorial tribute to the mothers in my family tree. Happy Mothers Day!

Me Teresa Lynne Christopher at 4 weeks in April 1958 with my mother Phyllis Jean Stier Christopher.

My mother Phyllis Jean Stier Christopher and her mother ( my maternal grandmother) Daisy Mae Stout Stier. About 1954.

Daisy Mae Stout Stier my maternal grandmother with her three oldest children, Russell, Carl, and Onalee. 1935.

Daisy Mae Stout Stier and her mother (my maternal great grandmother) Bertha Mae Cowell. about 1917.

My maternal grandfather Carl Alexander Stier, with his parents (my maternal great grandparents) Vesty Burton Stier and Leila Cunningham. About 1910.

My father John Stanley Christopher(Jack) with his mother (my paternal grandmother) Josephine Dinard Christopher.1951

Everyone have a wonderful Mothers Day!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Carl Alexander Stier ( my maternal grandfather) with his parents Vesty Burton Stier and Leila Cunningham in Harrison County, West Virginia about 1910.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ DiNardo

This is my first Surname Saturday and I decided on DiNardo because this was the first name I started with in my research back in 2000.

I have found many variations on the name. Dinard, Dinardi, Denard, Denardo. This family was also known as Renaldo, Rinaldi. Which one was the actual name they started out with? There had been much family debate on this. Some believed the family name was originally Denardo and others Rinaldi.

The first thing I did was find out my paternal grandmothers parents names. Her father was Salvatore DiNardo. When my grandmother filed for a delayed birth certificate he was listed as Sam Dinard.:


Josephine Dinard, application, registration of birth Trumbull County case no. 139, (Series A), doc 23, page 39, Trumbull County Archives, Warren, Ohio, Photocopy in possession of compiler.

My Aunt Toots ( Carmella Sylvia Christopher James), Josephine's daughter gave me a picture of Salvatore and Salvatrice's stone at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, Ohio:

 More info on this was sent to me by Patti Caldrone daughter of Carmel Dinard Caldrone ( Josephine's sister) :

Not sure how this would be sourced.  Anyone know?

She also sent me this article from theYoungstown Telegram:


Sam Denardi, Accident Causes Fatal Injuries, Youngstown Telegram, Youngstown, Ohio, 25, August 1919,  page ten, column1.

So we now have Sam Dinard, Salvatore Rinaldi, Sam Denardi. Which one is correct?
 Next is to find his death certificate. I went to family and found this:


 Salvatore Denardi, death certificate no.49468, (1919), Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics, Coumbus. "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 04 May 2013).

We now have 2 sources stating his birth date as 1879.

The next thing to do was to find out if he came through Ellis Island.. This may tell us more. I went to Ellis Island .org. I found a treasure trove of information. Here is the record I found:


Salvatore DiNardo entry; SS Aller passenger manifest, October 2,1902 page 345, line 15, arriving at New York, October 16, 1902. Ellis Island Foundation, "The American Family Immigration History Center's Ellis Island Archive," Ellis Island (Online: The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., 2009), <>, accessed [04 May 2013].

We now know that Salvatore was born in Montella, Italy. We also now know he had a sister named Antonia who lived in Niles, Ohio.

The next step is to once again go to family I searched their records and found microfilm for Montella, Avellino, Campania, Italy. I ordered the records for that contained his birth year and then went to family history center to view them. This is what I found:


Salvatore DiNardo, birth certificate no.53, (1879) Registri dello stato civile, Nati 1866-1882, Montella, Avellino, Campania, Italy, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

This is our Salvatore! How do we know? The beauty of Italian records is if the person was married in the same town he was born in they would record the marriage information in the side column. As you can see he married Salvatrice Celmente on December 12, 1901 in Montella, Avellino, Campania, Italy.

We now have the date of birth  January 5, 1879 and we know his parents names Pasquale DiNardo and Maria Giuseppa Spanola.

Going through step by step we have solved the mystery of what the family name originally was! It was DiNardo.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Begin At The Beginning

I became interested in my family history back in 2000 when I first purchased a computer and found about Family Tree Maker. I put in what little I knew. My grandparents was as far back as I knew back then. My father's side was Italian and my paternal grandmother Josephine (Dinard) Christopher used to tell us she was born on the boat coming over here. My mother's side is from West Virginia.

The first thing you think is I can find everything on the Internet these days. The first place I tried was family I highly recommend this site for any beginner. My Italian side was non existent on here. I knew they were going to be harder to trace. My mother's side however was more interesting. There was a lot of information about the Stier surname. I gleefully copied and pasted the information not paying much attention to the the word SOURCE. I would come to regret that mistake early on.

My advice to beginners would be to make sure you copy all information and source documentation. You won't like it when you have to go back and retrace your steps because you haven't done so. Take it from someone who's been there.

I am new to blogging but I think this is a good way to share my family history adventure with other family members and those I don't know yet. I'm looking forward to getting  to know people and learn more about genealogy and my family history.