From Eugene

April 21, 2010

zoom in and print

Posted to the group site is a PDF file with a ship’s manifest showing
a certain young dude arriving in NY from Italy in 1906.  Line 26.
Found it on the Ellis Island website a few years back. I’m betting a
bocce ball it’s our grandfather.
Per the manifest he met up with his brother at 160 Lyon Ave.
Check it out – think it’s Grandpa?
Gene May
First Name: Giuseppe
Last Name: Amelia
Ethnicity: Italy, Italian South
Last Place of Residence: Quindici, Italy
Date of Arrival: Dec 21, 1906
Age at Arrival: 17y Gender: M Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: Italia
Port of Departure: Naples
Manifest Line Number: 0026
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More pictures from Addy

March 30, 2010
The one picture of us all in a row was from a family reunion in the park.  I didn’t realize Eugene has such great legs.
I think the picture with Gene and Carmel was their wedding photo.  Everyone should recognize the rest.
Notice the picture of Darlene and I sitting at a table with Mom, Grandma, Uncle Joe, see the bows in our hair.  The bows were made from ribbon that Grandpa would bring home from the
cemetary.  Grandmas would wash and iron it and make us bows.   The picture of all the girls was from my wedding (1968).
If you don’t recognize someone let me know.
Addy

Come on everyone else!!

As things stand now, there is no date set.  The year is not yet set, I am still hoping for 2011, others want it this year.  You can read details on the email list.  Get there by clicking here:  http://groups.google.com/group/amelia-family-reunion

From Louise

March 29, 2010

The Amelia Family (short Carmel)

This picture was taken at a family reunion on Charing Cross Road, summer of 1974.

New photos from Addy

March 25, 2010

Thanks Addy!!!

Addy put some new photos to the email page, hopefully more will come.  Click on each photo for a larger pic.

You can download these photos from the email page, link under planning.  Put yours up to the same place.

Description from Addy:

The one with the Christmas tree is at my Mom’s, Ed, Rose, Tom, Mike Darlene, Linda, Adeline.  The one with Grandpa, has Eddie next to Grandpa, Uncle Robbie, Aunt Jean, Aunt Mal, Doris, Aunt Edit, , front, Adeline, Barbara, Darlene, the picture with the three little girls are  Barbara Adeline, Darlene and Aunt Mal holding me up. The other two are in Grandma’s yard.  Notice the peony bushes along the fence.
I loved when Grandma would fill the house with them.  I grow them now just to remember her.
If you notice the picture of Darlene, addy, Rose, Grandma at a long table you will see bows in our hair.  Grandpa would bring home ribbon from the cemetary and Grandma would wash and iron it, we had great bows.

the email group and files (photos)

March 3, 2010

A note to those in the email group, you can go to:

http://groups.google.com/group/amelia-family-reunion

which is the web page for the email group to read past emails, or to upload files (photos), there have been only a couple uploaded, we want some more, then I will post them on the blog.  (you can also click the link on the sidebar under ‘planning’)
If you know anyone that wants to be on the email list, and is not, and can’t figure out how (?) you can send them an invite as a member, or just send me an email and I will add them directly.
We need some more input on a date for the reunion, lets get some input from everyone, so there are no exuses for not showing up!!

which is the web page for the email group to read past emails, or to upload files (photos), there have been only a couple uploaded, we want some more, then I will post them on the blog.
If you know anyone that wants to be on the email list, and is not, and can’t figure out how (?) you can send them an invite as a member, or just send me an email and I will add them directly.
We need some more input on a date for the reunion, lets get some input from everyone, so there are no exuses for not showing up!!

first order of business

February 28, 2010

We need to pick a date.

I have been waiting for someone else to suggest something, and no one has yet, so here goes.

July 9 weekend, 2011.

Feel free to pick it apart, suggest something else, or just agree, but make some noise!!

Leave a comment here, email the group (you know how, read below), or do something.

40 people a day are looking at the blog, and viewing the messages emailed, but no one is making noise.  Thats not like the Amelia’s I know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Decisions, decisions, decisions

February 26, 2010

Ok, time to make some decisions.

The first is when, and the second is where.   They are probably interdependent on each other, so lets decide them together.

One important item, no one will be left out in the cold, i.e., if we decide to have it at Linda’s, or Laura’s or a Park, there will be lots of folks to assist with any work.

Food,l events, all the other stuff can be worked out later (not much later, but after the time and place is set it stone).

Join the email group (instructions below) and start suggesting, someone who is a whiz with spreadsheets can keep track and keep tally on the votes.

Thats my .02

BTW, if anyone has a family photo, feel free to upload it to the email list page by clicking on ‘files’ then ‘upload’.

Joe

Email Group started

February 24, 2010

Hey, looks like we’re at step 2.  I started an email group for this, join it at

http://groups.google.com/group/amelia-family-reunion?hl=en

instead of commenting, send an email, it will go out to everyone that has joined the group, (if you reply make sure you hit the reply-to-all button).

(Or, just send me an email joe@joeamelia.ca and tell me to add you).  You will receive an email back with the email address and the web site.

The emails will be kept at that site for browsing, so anyone joining can catch up.

There is a place to upload files, and photos, anyone in the group can browse them, and I will post them on the blog.

Make sure every family member knows about the blog, and joins the group.

We really should make this work.

Joe

Starting point

February 21, 2010

Everything has to start somewhere, so let’s start with the original letter sent out to the few family members I have an email for.  Hopefully, they will send it to everyone they have email for, and we can get in touch with everyone.

I volunteer to keep the blog updated, and it will include sections for whatever folks want, ie email, comments organized, photos, news, info, recipes, whatever you want.

Thanks Andrea for these photos.

I would suggest to just click on the “leave comment” below to leave messages, I will keep them on a page organized.  Leave your email (or email it to me if you prefer, joe@joeamelia.ca) and I will keep you informed when there are additions.

Years ago, I remember having family reunions in Windsor where we got together with our family.

I remember weddings where the Amelia family took over both sides of the church, and the non Amelia spouse’s family were outnumbered several times over.

Remember Sunday’s, where we’d get together at Grandma & Grandpa’s house with the guys playing Brishca in the basement, Brown’s drug store at the corner, baby’s crying, always lots of noise?

I remember this stuff, but my kids don’t, because they were never there.  My kids don’t know from whence they came, they don’t know what it’s like to be around a hundred family members at one time.

We all went our own way, and have lost touch.

A couple months ago, I happened to meet up with a cousin (Michelle) in Texas, and when we sat down over a few drinks, it was like we had last been together only a few days ago (it was well over 25 years) and we had a grand time, although the visit was too short.

I would like to put out a suggestion that we organize an Amelia family reunion, with enough advance warning that everyone has time to make the arrangements to come, possibly for the summer of 2011.

Since we are all spaced out (ahh, I mean living in different parts of the country, east, west, south), back to our roots in Windsor would probably be best (not Detroit, some of us can’t comfortably cross the border).

I am sending this email to everyone whose email I have, perhaps you folks will forward to everyone you have, until we all have it.

I have set up a blog, https://ameliafamilyreunion.wordpress.com/

Go there and leave a comment, everyone can read it and it will be an easy way to stay in touch.

We have talked about this for years, lets see if we can all get talking, and really do it.  I for one will assure that my 3 children, Karen, Michael, and Leopold will be there, along with my two grandchildren (who knows, by then it may be 3).

Lets set aside a few days in the future to give our children some of the memories and knowledge we had.

Ok, I put the idea on virtual paper, and set up the blog, the rest is up to us all.

I can not direct the wind, but I can adjust my sails.
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Joe Amelia
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